Partnering with schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia that sponsors children to attend school free-of-cost, we provide free meals to students whom otherwise would go hungry through our jewelry.
Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the region, and has some of the worst human development indicators in the world.
The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 20% of children ages 5-9 are involved in child labor; the percentage rises to 47% for children ages 10-14 and 34% for ages 15-17. Of the working children ages 5 to 17, only 45% attend school.
Low compensation forces teachers to collect informal school fees from students creating a barrier to education for poor children. Until 2005, there were minimal requirements for teachers to get a contract position with the government. The shortage contributes to high student-teacher ratios, putting 40-50 students in an average-sized primary school class. The combination of poorly trained teachers and high student-teacher ratios contribute to high drop-out rates.