We are bringing a team to Cambodia in September 2015! But we need your help!
Cambodia is a broken country, one of the most disadvantaged societies in the world.
Once one of the most promising economies in South-East Asia, it was torn apart by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. During this period, the social and economic fabric of the nation was all but destroyed. Entire cities were evacuated, with infrastructure left in ruins.
Most of the population was forced to work as slave labour in rice paddies. Up to 2 million people
(a quarter of the country’s population) died as a result of starvation, disease, torture and executions.
This is history for the rest of the world, but for the people of Cambodia, the legacy of this period is disturbingly real.
Reports of economic growth are deceptive, because the wealth often does not flow through to disadvantaged rural communities.
Basic Cambodia facts:
• The World Bank classifies Cambodia as a low-income economy.
• The country has a population of almost 15 million.
• About 20% of the population are living on or below the poverty
line, mostly rural villagers.
• Quality employment is difficult to find, with much of the rural
poor relying on subsistence farming, low-paid farm labouring,
and even prostitution.
• Cambodia is a notorious strong-hold for human trafficking
networks. Young girls are often sold into slavery by parents
desperate for money. Entire villages are devoid of girls aged
13 years and over.
• Rural houses are generally one room, and built from flimsy materials that fail to shelter families from the heavy rains of the monsoon season.
• Awareness of health issues is limited by lack of education, social stigma, and traditional beliefs. Among other things, this has led to an HIV/AIDS epidemic.
• 28% of Cambodian children are under a healthy weight, and 4 out of 10 have stunted growth.
Many disadvantaged and impoverished rural communities do not have access to adequate health care due to many reasons with the most common:
•Financial- unfortunately all medical costs, including the consult to any health care professional requires money that rural communities do not have.
•Lack of access to care due to health professionals preferring to practice in capital cities, rather than rural locations
Our chiropractic team of 13 requires your assistance and support.
For this medical trip to be successful, our team needs assistance in raising funds for medical supplies for their mobile medical clinics and building materials to construct homes for disadvantaged families.
Senior Chiropractors: Drs. Sonia Allum, Jennifer Luu, and Chen Tay.