The UN has compiled a list of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world. They are listed below and can be viewed here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Of these 17 goals, our family projects are helping in 10. Those marked in bold text are those in which our family projects are making a difference.
Whilst our children’s and youth projects look to the future, our family projects recognize that there are real issues here and now and looks to work in these. We understand that, if we only support children and youth, then the path to development is slow. If we are able to work in families and improve their situation, development happens more rapidly.
Our family projects are working in training and enabling community members to take better care of themselves and their families. We do that through:
- Planting micro-finance schemes. These are essentially co-operative savings and lending schemes. Care for Cambodia helps to set up the scheme, including rules, documentation and training of individuals. We then invest in the scheme for a period of one year to allow the scheme to start lending operations immediately. After one year we withdraw our funds and allow the scheme to continue without external investment. These schemes allow communities to help each other. Borrowing is only allowed for profit making initiatives.
- Small business generation. Care for Cambodia provides training for small business enterprises and assists in finding a market for products. In 2018 we trained members of our family projects in making washing-up liquid. We helped find raw materials and equipment and now we have 4 provincial projects regularly making washing-up liquid and selling it in their communities. This product has a >50% profit margin but it is still affordable for community members to purchase.
- We provide training in many areas which benefit communities. The training provided includes:
- First aid.
- Agricultural techniques.
- Positive parenting skills, the rights of the child.
- Drug and alcohol awareness.
- Health and nutrition.