Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) has two children’s education aspects. A school sponsorship education program and they also run a nursery for children aged 3-6.
The school sponsorship programme is aimed toward the more deprived children in the area in order to enable them to attend both a public primary and secondary school. The programme supports 100 children per year, and has so far seen 1,144 children from impoverished families gain an education. The programme enables and encourages children from low income families to attend school and continue their education for longer than they would be able to without funding.
The programme increased in awareness of the value of education, by making it more accessible to families whom do not have the spare finance to afford an education for their child. It also increases the likelihood of employment for those children in the future.
In addition to the school fees being covered, the programme also provides a support pack, comprising of books, stationary, uniforms, sandals and money to pay for school administrative expenses. Bicycles are also provided for children who live a far distance from school.
Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) runs a Computer Laboratory and English Language programme for women. The centre provides computer training and English classes for 80 women (typically relatives of trainees and employees of the centre who tend to be the more disadvantaged in the region) per year, free of charge.
The aim is to improve both English Language and Computer Literacy skills in order to have better job prospects and opportunities, as English is a widely spoken language within Cambodia and both computer skills and the ability to speak English is becoming an ever increasing requirement in many sectors.
Within the classes it is also the aim to improve women’s job preparedness, self-confidence and self-perception of abilities. Both classes run either during the day or evening in order to accommodate everyone.
Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) has a health care clinic which provides health assessments, diagnosis and treatment free of charge to everyone who is involved within SWDC (typically the poorest within the region, who may not be able to access healthcare regularly). The clinic also has a maternity care centre which offers both pre and post natal care, as well as care for newborns.
Women are also educated on health issues, these sessions are taught by the chief of the clinic, and a professional midwife. These sessions include primary health care, nutrition, hygiene, birth control, HIV/AIDs prevention, prevention and treatment of common problems (diarrhoea, malaria, dengue fever etc.) and the use of basic medicines. The regular education sessions enable women to care for their children in times of illness and also help to stop the spread of infection.
So far, the clinic as diagnosed and treated over 4,352 patients. Due to the free access to diagnosis and treatment, patient’s standard of living and health has improved.