At Anjali we understand that to assist and nurture the children who attend the centre we must also try to address some of the systemic problems that affect their parents and families by providing advice, opportunities and emergency access to finance if necessary.
Our social workers visit every family on a monthly basis, to discuss the children’s school progress, attendance and performance as well as family issues and developments. When families are experiencing difficulties through factors such as under-employment, health and family disputes, they assist in dispute resolution, employment issues and identifying subsidized health providers.
Anjali also provides emergency medical care for family members when local medical facilities cannot provide adequate treatment. For children over 15, siblings and parents we access treatment through a private clinic based in Siem Reap.
We have dealt with alcohol withdrawal, domestic violence, cancer, parental death, traffic accidents and abuse. The social services provide vital access to information that would otherwise not be available or fully understood by parents. Illiteracy, lack of education and deep-rooted traditional beliefs can, without advice and education, exacerbate problems.
Family Support Program
Our families are from the lowest income sector in the villages in which we work. Many parents are under-employed or unable to work. Even with one working parent, there are normally many dependents including young children and older relatives.
We support families with finance as well as encouraging knowledge of family budgeting and assisting them in finding jobs and other vocational training, as well as setting up community saving schemes.