- Field of intervention
- Economical development
- Supported organization
- Country and localization
- Cambodia, Siem Reap
- Supported people
- 35 parents from very disadvantaged communities
- Project helped in
- Amount of the support
- 25 000 euros
Autonomy of people in difficulty with the creation of microentreprises around productions made from recycled materials.
Friends-International, an association founded in 1994, works with street children and youths in urban areas, their families and communities, so that they may become productive and independent citizens of their country. Friends-International and its partners support more than 50,000 street children and youths across the world in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico and Egypt.
In 2005, in Cambodia, Friends-International set up its Kaliyan Mith program (meaning “good friends” in Khmer) to meet the needs of these marginalized children and their families: families receive the necessary equipment (sewing machine, production material, raw materials, etc.) to become autonomous producers working from home. Each family is monitored by a social worker who provides individual support, tailored to their needs: medical care, psychological and social support, housing aid, food. The products made are then sold in several outlets in Siem Reap.
In 2012, the Accor Foundation* supported this program and helped the NGO to set up 2 new production workshops: “silkscreen printing” and “ornamental metal work and jewelry” in order to diversify and broaden the technical skills taught to beneficiaries.
* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.
"The Foundation* made it possible for Friends to broaden the range of training it offers, allowing beneficiaries to acquire more skills."