Preschool Children Need a Nourishing Meal
|One of our community preschools in Chong Rok village|
The village preschools provide young children the foundation for academic learning and the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children.
The children are introduced to the basics of reading and writing in both Khmer and English so that they may have an advantage upon enrollment in state school.
We also provide a food supplement program to support the children at many of our community preschools who otherwise might go without 3 nutritious meals per day. Through training courses given to the community leaders and mothers, the families rotate to cook a nutritious breakfast for the village children.
The preschool program has helped nearly 2,000 children, from ages 1 to 6, who receive education and a nutritious meal six days per week at our preschools. Parents contribute rice, sugar, and their labor to cook the meals. Sustainable Cambodia donors contribute funding for the balance of the ingredients for the food supplement program.
The project has been implemented by the community families themselves, with supervision and guidance from our staff. The mothers who cook the meals rotate from day to day so that they all learn how to make nutritious meals for their families at home.
|Preparing breakfast at Chherteal Rong preschool|
The ingredients they use are varied, including cabbage, squash, carrots, eggs, fish, and green vegetables. Some ingredients are grown in the local community, and the rest are purchased in the local market.
|Children having breakfast at Chherteal Rong preschool|