Where everything was born
The orphanage is located about 120 km from Phnom Pehn and is run by the Cambodian government and supported by a French NGO.
There around 65 children and teenagers from 5 to 20 years old live as a big family and thanks to funds from the cambodian government and the french NGO they go to school and receive two meals a day: lunch and dinner.
Viva La Vida decided to support them officially. through the creation of projects and activities to help them in a different way, education for the youngest and access job opportunities for the oldest. We follow the existing projects and create new ones according to the needs of the community, in order to guarantee better life conditions and opportunities for our children.
The Family Village of Kampong Cham is our home and we will do our best to make it bigger and prosper.
On December 16th, 2014, Nicola arrived for the first time in the orphanage of Kampong Cham, in Cambodia.
The desire to buy mattresses for all the children of the house, who slept on very uncomfortable tables, making them a special Christmas gift, generated a post on facebook, with which Nicola asked help from friends of the social network.
In 2016 Viva La Vida was officially born, in March 2017 the book Controvento was published and in June 2017, with the first revenues from the sale of the book, our projects moved to Cambodia, right where Viva La Vida was conceived.
Who are we helping
Almost all children living in the Family Village come from small villages in the province of Kampong Cham.
Some are orphans while others belong to families that live in extreme poverty and are not able to guarantee them a good future.
Viva la Vida supports the center by donating essential products, creating educational activities of different types, selling some objects that they create there and above all giving job opportunities to some of the teenagers.
From Monday to Friday almost all the children of the Family Village, divided into 4 groups, study English in the main classroom of the orphanage center.
Peaktra, a 19-years-old teenager , lives in the orphanage. It was with him that we have created the first projects and now he teaches English lessons to his little partners with seriousness and professionalism.
An important project for the education of children and a great opportunity for Peaktra which, in addition to receiving a monthly salary, has the opportunity to grow professionally.
Also in this case, many children have the opportunity to learn how to use a fundamental tool for the world of work, and also for this activity one other teenager manages the project with seriousness and professionalism.
Bunthong is 18 years old, lives with her mother and her little sisters in the orphanage and the last year he teached computer lessons at the Viva la Vida Cultural Center and right now follows the project in the orphanage center.
The magic of football
It was with the children of the Family Village that we started using football as a tool for education.
We played against several schools in the city and for some time we have created a magical connection with the children of the Viva la Vida Cultural Center.
We have started to let them play together against other teams creating a special connection among the projects we manage here in Cambodia.
In July 2017, thanks to the collaboration of the company Sicurezza 88 s.r.l. we built a farm and bought an incubator in the Family Village, with the aim of producing eggs and chickens for all the children living in the center.
It is a small self-supporting project useful for food production but also to create a special contact with nature and animals.
In the Family Village art is at home: the girls make bracelets, dreamcatchers and bags by hand and the boys make spectacular watercolor designs.
Since we knew this place we have always sold these beautiful objects in Europe and with the proceeds we have bought useful things for those who make them and often we have taken all the children in the center on holidat.
Sokya is the best guy to draw and thanks to his art he is nowadays teaching the teenagers of the Viva la Vida Cultural Center.
How to contribute to the project
You can help us in different ways:
- Buy from our solidarity shop: Contact us for more information
- Organize events in your city, such as dinners, aperitifs, concerts, sale of items, lotteries or anything to raise funds.
- Contact us if you are interested! Come directly to Cambodia to volunteer! In this way you will see for yourself what we do and you will be able to contribute in a practical way to our projects. Spread the word!
- Share the project with your friends via facebook or participate in crowdfunding events that we periodically open in response to children's needs.
- Adopt the Viva la Vida Cultural Center