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Khemara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Established in 1991, Khemara was the very first local NGO to be established in Cambodia. Since then, Khemara has played a significant role in working for the advancement of women & children in Cambodia by working directly with communities. Their mission is to promote the capacity, self-confidence and wellbeing of the community through the sharing of information, education and counselling, including encouraging women to recognise their potential and rights to participate in decision-making.

Currently, Khemara is implementing a number of projects throughout different communities, which include projects that provide services and care to orphans & vulnerable children (non-formal education, reproductive health services, care & support to those living with HIV/AIDS), housing programs and programs to support entertainment workers.

  • The organisation manages 10 childcare centres that provide protection, care, education and 3 meals a day as well as support to the physical, emotional, social and cognitive development of vulnerable children
  • The Child Protection Project identifies communities in need and orphans/vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, and builds partnerships with the relevant stakeholders to create sustainable child protection mechanisms
  • In partnership with Legal Aid Cambodia, Khemara launched the Justice for Children! Project to provide children coming in contact with the law with both free legal representation and community-level education, combined with initiatives to build child-friendly procedures within the criminal justice system
  • The Non-Formal Education Project focuses on entertainment workers and aims to equip these vulnerable women with the necessary skills to enable them to choose an alternative source of income.
  • Finally, Khemara runs an awareness programme called the HIV Prevention Programme, spread across 4 provinces in Cambodia, and through which target groups receive information & support on issues of sexual health and general wellbeing.

To learn more about this partner, visit their website.