Preschool Children Need a Nourishing Meal

Supporters like you, and Rotarians from around the world, are helping thousands of village children get a quality education through Sustainable Cambodia's community preschools, primary schools, enrichment schools, and university scholarships.

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.

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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. 

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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. 

Tatem Preschool

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

The children are always happy when the morning breakfast is served, delicious and early at 7 o'clock!  After the healthy breakfast, the children are better able to focus on learning their basic Khmer and English with a local teacher.

The greatest challenge to our Village Child-Health program is simply funding... We've lost the funding to support our preschools with the food supplement program. 

Uncle Chhuon Khoeum and his youngest daughter

"Our daughter loves going to the preschool with her friends everyday"

Uncle Chhuon Khoeum is 43 years old, and he is a farmer living in Chherteal Roung community, one of our target areas.  He has 4 children and his youngest daughter is studying at our preschool in his community.  His daughter's name is Khatt Leaken, and she is 3 years old. 

When we talked with Uncle Chhuon Khoeum about our preschool in his community, he said: "Thank you very much for helping our community with many projects, especially the preschool and breakfast project for our children.  Everyone is really happy that we have a preschool in our community and the healthy breakfast for the children.  Our daughter loves going to the preschool with her friends everyday.  There she enjoys eating healthy breakfast, learning basic Khmer and English, hygiene and sanitation, and playing with friends.  The breakfast made my daughter and other children so healthy.

Uncle Chhuon Khoeum's daughter and other students having breakfast at the preschool before class

My wife is one of the cooks who helps prepare the breakfast for the children at the preschool.  We also contribute some rice and eggs to that breakfast program.  My wife learned a lot from other cooks and SC's staff about nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation.  She also learned how to work with other people in the community.  The breakfast program is very beneficial to the children and everyone in the community.  We are really sorry that the program has finished.  We really need this program so much for our preschool kids and our community.  Please help make it happen again for our preschool."  

With the help of supporters like you, we hope that we can refund our food supplement program.


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