People often ask me “What does Awareness Cambodia mean to you”? My reply goes something like this. In the midst of the beautiful Khmer culture, I have seen some terrible inequalities. I think of the vulnerable children who have lost in the “lotto of life”. I think of children born into a country ravaged by war and casualties of an education vacuum. I think of children crippled by endemic poverty and victims of ongoing exploitation.
I believe these children deserve our protection. I believe these children have a right to see their basic needs met. I see a new future of hope and optimism realised through the provision of opportunity; something we all too often take for granted.
Awareness Cambodia makes a real difference by giving special attention to the most vulnerable. We provide shelter and care for orphans and protection for abused and trafficked children. We support those affected by HIV/AIDS. Awareness Cambodia continues to develop medical and educational projects that focus on rescuing, protecting and empowering lives.
Awareness Cambodia doesn’t simply raise funds to pass onto other organisations. Instead projects have been initiated in response to ongoing needs that fall within our mission guidelines. Together, these projects provide a seamless structure for children to transition from the slums into well adjusted and self sufficient leaders.
We see Cambodia’s culture as something quite unique. Thus, all efforts are taken to ensure our presence does not result in children simply being westernised, relocated worldwide or reduced to the indignity of a dependency on overseas handouts.
Effective training for indigenous staff, a non adoption policy, working in cooperation with local organisations and government departments as well as the inclusion of self funded business components in projects are assisting in seeing the dream become a reality.
I am privileged to lead Awareness Cambodia and invite you to join us in this vital cause. If human equality or protection of the innocent is something you value, then I invite you to join with us. I trust it will inspire you to join me in doing our part to help solve the manifold challenges facing Cambodia today.
In the words of Lyndon B. Johnson, “There are no problems we cannot solve together and very few that we can solve by ourselves”.
Dr Gary Hewett
CEO and Founder