Our help to the most vulnerable families in Phum Thmey village
All the children of the village have the opportunity to attend the Viva la Vida Cultural Center and grow by carrying out every day many types of educational activities, but from the first day we have studied the living conditions of each individual scrupulously. We wanted to give a concrete help to those who live in precarious conditions and in July 2018 thanks to a fundraising campaign the little Oasis project was born.
After making a list with the most needy families, we have changed the living conditions of many children and their families by building or rebuilding houses and bathrooms, delivering basic necessities and offering medical support.
Besides in April 2019 we started our canteen for the children most in need: they come to eat lunch and dinner prepared by a local woman. We provide all of them with anything they might need: from clothes, school material, medicines or bringing them to the doctor if necessary.
The biggest problems of Phum Thmey village are the excessive use of alcohol and drugs, gambling, dirt and a lack of education, which every child has the right to receive.
Since July 2018, after a deep analysis of the families in the village, we started to renovate and build houses and bathrooms, to ameliorate the security and sanitary situations of many families, who lived in inhumane conditions.
Since June 2019 we have opened a canteen service in our cultural centre for the children most in need. They receive basic needs, as two or more meals a day, health care, clothes, shoes and school supplies. They also participate in many educational activities inside the school and outside the village. They follow a daily educational program and receive all the basic care they need.
Since August 2020, 8 children with difficult family situations started living in the house where the volunteers lived for two years until the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. We take care of them 24 hours a day, with an educational program, with the goal to support them and guarantee a better future.
To make this possible, we work hard every day, organizing the activities and, especially, looking for the funds we need for the children and the projects ongoing. Viva la Vida Onlus is financed in Europe only through free donations, the sale of solidarity objects and through the contributions of volunteers.
We do our best to offer a great service to the children who attend our school and our goal for the future is to develop our projects more and more.
By now, around 100 children attend our school daily. Below you can read the single stories of the children we support daily with our “Little Oasis” projects. These are the children most in need in the village; we studied their living conditions and found together ways to support them individually.
Ahein and Asoy
In November 2017, we discovered Asoy and Ahein's family situation and decided to help them. They lived with their mother, grandmother and older sister in an old house, made of straw and plastic, in inhumane conditions and without any form of education. Ahein and Asoy's father died when they were very young in a car accident and the mother works precariously as a cleaner at people's homes. The children lived practically on the street, without attending school regularly.
- In July 2018, we rebuilt their house and built a new bathroom, to improve their living conditions
- Since July 2019 Ahein eats every day in the kitchen of our school, receives basic necessities and follows an educational program every day.
- From July 2020 Asoy eats every day in the kitchen of our school, receives basic necessities and follows an educational program every day.
- Since August 2020 Ahein and Asoy live in the house of our cultural centre, following a educational program and receiving everything they need in daily life.
Our primary goal with Asoy and Ahein is to take care of them in the best possible way, try in to educate them, make them grow with respect for the rules and in the future create a job opportunity for them.
Asol, Asal, Alin, Alon
In June 2019 we discovered the family situation of Asol, Asal, Alin and Along and we decided to help them. The parents live in Thailand and left the children in the village with their grandfather, an older man who had a hard time taking care of them. They were lost every day in the village, living without rules and without any form of education.
- Since June 2019 Asol, Asal, Alin and Along eat in the kitchen of our school, receive basic care, health care and follow an educational program every day.
- Since August 2020 Along and Alin live in our school house, they receive everything they need in daily life and follow an educational program every day.
Our primary goal with Asol, Asal, Alin and Along is to bring their parents back to the village, to reunite the family and to make the children attend the educational program, in order to give them better chances for the future.
Vanny, Srey Lote, Sokchea y Makara
We met these children when we arrived in Phum Thmey village and we immediately tried in every way to help them. Vanny and Srey Lot lived with their mother and grandmother in a basement of their aunt’s house (the mother of Sokchea and aunt of Makara, who also was abandoned by his parents). From the educational point of view, there are not major problems in this family, but their bad economic conditions caused them great difficulties in daily life. Both women have two small shops inside the village, which unfortunately don’t allow them to earn the minimum essential for their basic needs (as food).
- In August 2018 we built a bathroom next to the house of the mother of Sokchea to improve their sanitary conditions.
- In March 2019 we built a new home for Srey Lot and Vanny's mother, giving them the opportunity to live with dignity as well.
- From July 2020 Vanny, Srey Lot, Sokchea and Makara eat in the kitchen of our school, receive basic needs, health care and follow an educational program every day.
- Since August 2020 Vanny lives in our cultural centre, receives everything he needs in daily life and follows an educational program every day.
The main goal with these children is to try to follow them in the best possible way and create opportunities for their future.
Srey Nit Family
We met Srey Nit in November 2017 and immediately became aware of her critical family situation. She lived with her mother and stepfather in poor conditions, never went to school, was forced to work and was often verbally and physically mistreated.
-In February 2018 we decided to help this little girl who was only 13 years old, so she started living in our cultural centre, together with the volunteers who for two years took care of her and tried in every way to improve life conditions.
-In March 2020, with the arrival of the Covid19 Pandemic, Srey Nit returned to her home and spent six long months taking care of her sick mother.
-In September 2020, Srey Nit's mother died and she returned to live in the cultural centre. We take care of her daily, she receives everything she needs and follows an educational program, she’s learning how to read and write, receiving trainings that will allow her to enter the world of work when the time comes.
Srey Nit is the girl we have followed the most since we are in Cambodia and our goal is to continue to take care of her, assuring her everything she needs in her daily life, support her education and guarantee her a better future, by giving her a good job opportunity when she will grow up.
Apoa & Pannet
We met Apoa and Pannet in December 2017 and since then they have always participated with seriousness and respect in all the activities that take place in our school. The parents left the village, leaving them with their grandmother, an elderly woman who, despite the economic and age-related difficulties, tries daily to take care of them in the best possible way.
- In September 2018, we built a bathroom next to the grandmother's house to improve their sanitary conditions.
- Since July 2019, Apoa and Pannet have been eating in our cultural centre, receiving basic care, health care and following an educational program every day.
- Since August 2018, Apoa has been living in our centre and, between the teenagers, he’s one of the most involved in the mentality and activity of our projects. He receives all the necessary attention, is constantly followed and has become the first point of reference for all the other children.
Our goal with them is to follow them in the best possible way and create excellent opportunities for their future.
Piset, Pisai & Pisa
Piset, Pisay and Pisa are Srey Nit's nephews (the children of her sister). They live with their two parents, without receiving education, nor the basic care they need. They are often lost in the village, they never go to school and their parents live every day as if there is no tomorrow for their children.
- Since August 2019 Piset, Pisay and Pisa eat in the kitchen of our school, receive basic and health care and follow an educational program with difficulty every day.
- In May 2020, we built a bathroom near their home, to improve their sanitary conditions.
Our goal is to create a form of collaboration with their parents, to try to educate them and create better opportunities for their future.
Nana, Vanna, Manet, Nun, Anau
We met these children in December 2017 and immediately became aware of their family's complicated economic situation. They lived in an old rusty iron house with their father and mother, who worked occasionally when they had the opportunity.
- In July 2018, we rebuilt their house and built a bathroom, to improve their hygienic and living conditions
- In October 2019, the mother moved to the capital Phnom Pehn for work and all the children began to eat every day in our centre, receiving basic and health care and following an educational program every day.
- From September 2020, Nana lives in the house of our school, receiving everything she needs in life, following an educational program and studying, in order to ameliorate her work chances in the future.
Our goal with them is to try to fix the general conditions of this family in the best possible way, continue to follow them in their education and create opportunities for them for a better future.
Oudom, Srey Win & Srey Pin
They live in the village with their parents who work occasionally and when faced with problematic situations they are unable to give their children the necessary care.
In January 2020 this family found itself experiencing a complicated health emergency, the parents could not manage the situation and we decided to take care of the children by giving them the opportunity to eat in our centre, receive basic care, assistance health and follow an educational program every day.
Sokong & Soking Family
In the same way, Sokong and Sokin live in the village with their parents, who work occasionally and when faced with problematic situations they are unable to give their children the necessary care they need.
-In May 2020, also this family experienced a complicated economic situation, due to health problems and the birth of a third child. The parents could therefore not manage the situation and we decided to take care also of these children, by giving them the opportunity to eat in our centre, receive basic and health care and follow an educational program every day.
Our goal with Oudom, Srey Win, Srey Pin, Sokin and Sokon is to follow them with our educational programs and take care of them in our school until parents have the opportunity to take care of them in the best possible way.
Srey Toch & Sokunthea
The parents lived with 5 children in an old dirty house, owned by their employer, with the risk of losing their homes and precarious jobs in any moment, ending without money on the street. The mother takes full time care of the girls and the father tries hard to works as much as possible every day, in order to get the minimum money to eat and survive.
- In March 2019 we decided to ameliorate their living conditions by building a new house and a bathroom and when they need something, we take care of it by delivering for example basic necessities, paying for health care expenses and offering their children a good education in our free school.
Our goal with these girls is to follow them with educational programs, monitor their situation and try to build a better future for them and their family.
Sokchea y su familia
Sokchea has lived for years in the Kampong Cham orphanage centre with his brothers. We created small job opportunities for him several times, in order to facilitate his studies, we supported him by purchasing drawings that he creates daily and in February 2020 we discovered the inhumane conditions in which his mother lived with a little brother in a village 30 km from Kampong Cham.
In March 2020 we built a bathroom and a new house for Sokchea’s family, which changed their living conditions in a concrete way.
Other families that we helped
In addition to all these families who are part of the Little Oasis project, we have helped two other families from Phoum Thmey from the neighboring village, Angkoun Dei, to improve their living conditions. In February 2020 we had the opportunity to renovate their houses and build a bathroom to improve their sanitary conditions.
How to contribute to the project
You can help in many different ways:
- Donating in our webpage.
- Organizing events in your city, such as dinners, aperitifs, concerts, sale of items, lotteries or anything to raise funds. Contact us if you are interested!
- Spread the word!Share the project with your facebook friends or participate in crowdfunding events that we periodically open in response to the needs of children
- You can adopt the center by paying a donation every month that will allow us to manage the projects in progress and to continue the projec(read more)