Funding Update: nib Foundation Good Cause Grants Program

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This year we are a recipient of a $5,000 grant thanks to the nib Foundation’s Good Cause Grant Program.

Nominated by our Ambassador, Kim Napier, employees across the nib group voted for their favourite causes.

In Cambodia, one in five people over the age of 15 are illiterate (UNESCO 2015). This contributes to 40% of the population living in multidimensional poverty and results in poor health and hygiene, lack of family planning, poor school attendance and high dropout rates.

The funds received from the Good Cause Grant Program will support children through the Khmer language program at Human and Hope Association Cambodia. This program supplements public school education so the students can learn to confidently read and write in their native language, and progress at public school. 

In these classes, the students learn the Khmer alphabet, which consists of 33 consonants, 23 dependent vowels, and 13 independent vowels. Within a year, 94% of students in the Khmer language program are literate and able to progress at public school. Additionally, the students learn mathematics, as literacy and numeracy go hand in hand. The classes are capped at 18 students, to ensure quality education.

Every Friday our students study Living Values, introduced in response to the difficult home lives of many students. They study topics such as children’s rights, hygiene and safety and learn about values of respect, punctuality, patience and cooperation. These classes have improved the behaviour and attitudes of the students, making them into role models in their families and local communities.

We are so grateful to the team at nib for voting for us, and to our ambassador for advocating for us!

“I am the Ambassador for HHA. I believe in their work, as it addresses the root causes of poverty in Cambodia. Khmer classes give children an opportunity to thrive in their own culture through essential language skills.” – Kim Napier

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