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Many visitors to the Cooking Class asked how the children came to the Cooking Place and the kind of life experiences which have brought them to this place for refuge. The children are drawn from three districts: Puok, Ta Chet Village, Beung Khna, Kok Thmei, Peam - all in Siem Reap Province. Some are orphaned, abandoned, simply poor, and vulnerable who have no stable and caring family environment to support them, but who wish to live and study at the Cooking Class and have an opportunity to complete their schooling. These children have a chance to develop into contributing members of society as their confidence and self-eaten are nurtured in a secure, caring, and stable environment with committed staff.

1. Some are victims of the aftermath of war:

Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Class is located in an area of West of Siem Reap City, 11km from City center along the National Road #6, Pass the Airport road keep straight. The area which was a major conflict between Phnom Penh Government Soldiers and troops of the Khmer Rouge. Most of the young men of that time (1979 - 98) were recruited on both sides of the civil war. Many children were left fatherless.
Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Kids Also, until recently, the mortality rate among the women in childbirth was very high and many children were left motherless. Adults often drifted to towns seeking menial work as a cleaners and laborers, but often the little money and either died or didn't return to their village at all, leaving no support for their surviving family members.

3. The strict traditional nature of Cambodian Society

Cambodia is a very traditional society - in its values and in its regard for the customs of marriage and the bringing up of children. According to custom, the parents approve and choose partners for their children - and most young people follow this custom. If the young people break this custom, their parents provide no support and often disown the couple. Often it is the children who suffer, being left abandone.  
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Children benefits:

1: Food ration for children - Nutrition:
Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Class provides three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Each meal we choose different ingredients such as fish, vegetable, eggs pork, and beef in order to offer a balanced and nutricious diet to the children. We also provide a dessert such as fruits, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins twice per week.
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2: Accommodation:
Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Class provide a safe and comfortable place for the children to sleep and spend their free time. We have separated sleeping quarters for both the boys and girls. Also, we provide mosquitos, nets, pillows, and blankets to be shared among the children.

3: Clothing:
Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Class provides four types of clothing to the children in care:
A). The traditional clothes: Provide 2 sets each year
=> during Khmer New Year &
=> Bun Phchum Ben ceremony.
B). The school uniform: the children starting school receive three sets of school uniforms per year.
C). Indoor ware and Pyjamas: 2 sets each year .
D). The working clothes: 2 sets of second hand or recycled clothing each year.

2. The poverty of families and subsequent migration from the homeland:

The Pol Pot period and the subsequent years of civil war saw a massive dislocation of the population and hence the disruption of normal village life. Many moved to other parts of the country or to neighboring countries to survive. A large number did not return. Relatives or grandparents who were left behind with the children often had little interest (or money) to provide education for the children. Some were ashamed of the status of the children - many were neglected, ignored, or abandoned.
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4. Unemployment and bank debt

About 85% of people living in the country are farmers - with no education and not enough land for cropping- and there is very little alternative unemployment. Many get heavily into Bank. Often they seek refuge in a neighboring country like Thailand. Once again, the children are either abandoned or left with ageing grandparents. The Cooking Class has been established in this area to deal with some of these problems to assist these children and their families. We try to supplement the minimum Government services needed and provide care, food, shelter, and education for these very vulnerable children and we hope to give the opportunities for them to become nurses, health workers, or teachers, so they can become partners in contributing to and rebuilding the local communities. There is much work to be done. With your support, we can really make a difference. Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Kids
4: Health Care and Sanitation:
All children are responsible for themselves, but an oftenly is control by our village chef. Tooth paste and brushes are often donated but not enough we needed more help. When children get sick, we send to the children hospital they Free treatment. For the children over 15 years old we usually is send to the clinic in the town that cost very expensive for us but the services is better than Government's hospital. 
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5: Education:
All the children are educated at the state schools, now some of them are moving tosecondary and high school at the town some children will finish high school in 2016. Outside state school time table we provided with extra curricular English instruction, Mathematics, Khmer literature, and provide many skills training like sewing, computer, feeding, planting , and the traditional Khmer dance and music course are given to them in order to teach and remember them the importance of Cambodia traditional and culture which Cambodia was famous. Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Kids