Improving Recovery and Reintegration Opportunities for Street Children, Abused Children and Children at High-risk of Being Abused

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham and Bantey Mean Chey provinces


Problem Statement

  • Poverty, domestic violence and difficult family situations lead children and youth to the streets.

  • A growing number of them are sold to criminals as prostitutes, cheap labor or beggars.

  • Lack of awareness about the danger of narcotics among children.

  • The phenomenon of human trafficking and unsafe migration are some of the main risks faced by the children, often leading to loss of housing, trafficking, dangerous forms of labor and lack of access to public services.

  • Marginalized children’s weak education level and low self-esteem is a major impediment for their sustainable school reintegration.

  • Lack of non-formal education methodologies and materials adapted to the situation and the needs of homeless children.


AEAI’s response

Rectangle strategies: Improved ACCESS; Promoted QUALITY, Strengthen SYSTEM and INFLUENCE for policy and behavior change


Global objective

To save the target groups from their traumatic experience and reintegrate them into the family or society through safe shelter, equipped with different services according to their needs.


Target Groups

Direct: 1800 street children, abused children and children at high-risk, 220 Educational managers; 3200 Community members.

Indirect: 3600 people.


Main Activities

  • Prevent and reduce all forms of abuse on children in target areas (exploitation for labor, sexual abuse, trafficking, unsafe migration, domestic violence, drugs abuse, etc.)

  • Provide safe shelter to victimized and vulnerable children in a family-like environment.

  • Reintegrate the children in Cambodian society and into their family whenever possible.

  • Build the capacity of all people concerned.


Expected Outcomes

  • Abuse and exploitation of children are reduced

  • The knowledge and experience of the local authorities and the civil society on children’s rights related issues are enhanced

  • Children recover from their past traumatic experiences in a safe shelter and a family-like environment

  • The children of the shelters receive education support adapted to their needs and capacities; attend adapted vocational training and/or internships

  • Adolescents follow the vocational training program

  • The improvement of income generation and/or job placement for the participants;

  • The improvement of children’s health and nutrition.



Damnok Toek, PSE and BSDA



Samphors VORN, Country Program Director

Location /
Duration / 2012 -2019

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