Since the end of 2009 our company SuP-Trans Transport & Logistik GmbH has been Plan-Pate. Together with the Plan International Deutschland e.V. we have been supporting the little Soeng from Cambodia.
Soeng is 7 years old and lives in the area Angkor Thom in Cambodia. He speaks Khmer and attends the primary school in his village. His family says Soeng is fit and hasn’t had any critical illness.
Both his parents, his father born in 1980 and his mother born in 1970, are farmers.
Soeng has two brothers (3 and 5 years old).
Early marriage, child prostitution, child trafficking, violence against children, underfeeding and malnutrition as well as insufficient possibilities for learning and medical care. These are only a few of the violations of children’s right.
The people are adversely affected by civil war. Over two million people were killed and a lot of people became war invalids during the civil war. The infrastructure of this land has been largely destroyed.
In Cambodia the rate of childhood and maternal mortality is very high. Because of underfeeding and malnutrition many children die of preventable diseases like malaria or dysentery. In the rural areas the medical facilities are very bad equipped and the employees are scarcely trained. In case of illness the people call on a traditional healer and medicine dealers (without any medical knowledge). The infection rate of HIV increases.
Despite compulsory education a lot of children don’t attend school, because there is a lack of buildings, teachers and educational material. Education for girls is not supported in rural areas.
Less than half of the rural people have access to clear drinking water, only eight percent own latrines.