TLC Business has always placed a great deal of importance on its charitable activities. Having raised £1000s of pounds for local hospice Naomi House over the last few years, this year we have decided to direct our fundraising towards a project slightly further afield.
‘CamKids’ (The Cambodian Children’s Charity) is TLC Business’ charity for 2010. Inspired by TLC Director, Joshua Spencer’s, trip to the Far East in 2009, CamKids is a charity which helps disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Cambodia.
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Crippled by decades of war, international embargoes, political instability and economic stagnation, Cambodia’s infrastructure and social support networks are only slowly being rebuilt. The majority of the population lives in rural areas, are poor and lack access to even the most basic services.
With over half of the population under the age of 18 years, there are serious concerns for their economic and social well-being. Cambodia is one of the countries worst affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the impact on many households in human and financial terms is devastating.
‘CamKids’ is a development and relief organisation, dedicated to providing direct aid to children in Cambodia who are either poor or whose parents are not there for them: orphans, street children, children living in poor rural areas and children affected by natural disasters, such as flood or famine. In a country where there is a high rate of child abandonment, they also support programs to help strengthen vulnerable families and keep them together by working with local communities, offering support to families through the provision of nutritional, medical and educational support, healthcare advice and vocational skills.
Having seen the poverty first hand, all the team at TLC Business are delighted to focus their efforts on contributing to this valuable charity and, in turn, helping improve the lives of Cambodia’s most vulnerable children.