Sadly, for many of REACH children and their families, living in poverty and going without food is a way of life. In desperation, this sometimes means taking the children out of school to assist the family collecting rubbish as a means of income to provide minimal rations. This is among the many obstacles children face to attend school as well as enrolment fees, legal ID & documentation, school uniform, books & study resources and a bicycle to travel many kilometres from the village.
Whilst all our families believe in the benefits of education (both government school and REACH), food is an overwhelming priority for survival. To combat starvation for all REACH families, we have developed our Rice Rewards Program.
The Rice Rewards program is designed as an incentive-based program to encourage families to send each of their children regularly to both the public primary school and to REACH, while also providing nutritional support to the parents and their families as a whole.
Every month, students that achieve a 95% attendance at Public School & at REACH will each receive 10kg of Rice & other nutritional supplements.
This tangible nutritional support helps to alleviate financial pressure and stress from parents, thus allowing us to further discourage them from removing their children from school and sending them to work or beg. This program encourages guardians to value education and allows REACH to monitor each family closely. Through regular attendance reviews, we are able identify illness’ within the families and flag challenges that each students face. Children who maintain regular Rice Rewards then become prioritised for our Youth Pathways program.
Click here to join our Running Costs Club to directly support our Rice Rewards program
At REACH we believe that empowering teenagers is the key to breaking long standing cycles of poverty for Cambodian families; our Youth Pathways program has been set up to do exactly that. Click here to learn more.