Showing posts from October, 2015

Meet Sharon - Volunteer story

One of the things we love most about our work is that we get to meet many people from all over the world that are passionate about the causes we support. They come to Sustainable Cambodia to share their skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise with all our Cambodian staff, students and teachers. Their work is invaluable and we are grateful for having them as part of the Sustainable Cambodia team.
And we want to introduce them to you! This week we want you to meet Sharon Sykora, from United States. She was in Pursat in January 2015 and coming back in November to volunteer again!

Tell us about yourself in a sentence I am a retired Nurse Practitioner who feels strongly about “giving back” and also about challenging myself for continual growth.
What motivated you to volunteer in Cambodia? I visited Cambodia about 10 years ago as a tourist and the country touched me in a way nowhere else ever had. I have been involved in supporting SC ever since through purchasing a well and sponsoring girls…

Knowledge is Power

On September 2015, the United Nations launched 17 new #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development. Global Goal 4 is quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Although World Bank estimates suggest that Cambodia achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty in 2009, there are still many challenges to address.
Human development, mainly in education and health, remains a priority for Cambodia. About 42% of children under 5 years old are malnourished and stunted. Youth (age group between 15 and 30 years old), makes up 33% of the population*, which represents a significant young labour force. An estimated 300,000 young Cambodians** enter the labour market every year, but often they do not have the required skills to meet the needs of the labour market. Therefore, equipping young people with quality education and skills is crucial to ensure that Cambodia moves towards improved equality and wealth for its citizens. The development of skilled human resources with…

No Point Going Halfway

In the year 2000, the United Nations established a set of 8 international development goals called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with specific targets and dates for achieving them. All the 189 United Nations member states at that time and 23 international organizations committed to help to reach these goals by 2015:

1 - To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2 - To achieve universal primary education 3 - To promote gender equality 4 - To reduce child mortality 5 - To improve maternal health 6 - To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases 7 - To ensure environmental sustainability 8 - To develop a global partnership for development
During the last 15 years, a great progress was made towards these goals: 43 million more kids go to schools Over 2 billion more people get clean drinking water 28% of the world was living in extreme poverty (people living on less than $1.25 a day) in the year 2000, but today in 2015 that number has halved But there is still a lot of work to do, and there…