The Best CHOICES project will focus on addressing key root causes of poor maternal and child nutrition and family financial insecurity to Bakan District communities in Cambodia. Common issues in these communities are domestic violence and abusive discipline, exposure to poor water quality, sanitation and environmental health risks, unbalanced or insufficient nutrition, and limited access to early childhood education. This project addresses these concerns by increasing protective care and sustainable livelihoods in poor and vulnerable households, educating parents and caregivers on how to improve their situations and protect the lives of children at risk.
40% of Cambodian children are chronically malnourished.
The average life expectancy for men is just 58, while for women it’s 64.
Bopha Sun’s Story
Today, Bopha Sun is a happy and thriving woman—but three years ago, the picture was completely different. Bopha Sun grew up in a rural area in Cambodia. When she was just 10 years old, her mother fell ill and Bopha Sun was forced out of school. Years later, she struggled to provide enough food and money to support her own family. When Bopha Sun joined the ADRA’s project, she learnt to read and write, doubled her rice yield and now earns enough to send her kids to school. “There has been a big difference in my life,” Bopha Sun said. “I feel very confident I can do anything I want to do!”