Enfants de Klang Leu detailed story

Anne and Jacques, founders of the association “Les Enfants de Klang Leu”, travel from France to Cambodia in 2005. Upon their arrival in Sihanoukville, they meet Peanich, a young Khmer. He introduces them to the Klang Leu district, where under houses made of rusty sheets, cardboard or rice bags and without water or electricity, malnourished children have a responsibility to take care of their younger brothers and sisters while the parents go to work. It is impossible for them to go to school.  

At the time, almost all families lived in slums and few children went to school. The average monthly salary is 50 euros and when there is no work, there is no compensation or support. Hiring contracts are often made by the week or even by the day. 

In 2008, they opened a daycare in the village to accommodate about 20 children from 3 months to 6 years old, and thus allow the older children to go to school. Showers, meals, games, naps and cuddles, now fill the days of the little ones.  

In 2011, to structure their action, Anne and Jacques officially created the association “Les Enfants de Klang Leu”. That same year, seeing that the number of children taken in tripled, they rented a larger and more functional house to accommodate daily activities. It has a kitchen, shower, toilet, games room and even a small classroom.  

In 2016, the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia officially recognized the association EKL and gave it the status of NGO. 

Today, all children go to school, some are now in middle and high school, and all benefit from a better lifestyle.

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