Poor families often have to send their children out into the streets to collect plastic bottles to help pay the rent. A child can make the family $1 per day. Most of the kids we work with had given up any hope of being able to go to school. They could see their lives stretching out in front of them and saw hopelessness and poverty.
When Flame staff meet kids who want to be in school, and the family fit our criteria, they facilitate the child into school and compensate the family for the lost income. The family signs an agreement that the child will no longer work, and will attend the Flame Activity Centre program daily.
Flame assigns a case manager to each family so we are able to meet their needs as they arise.
Other ways Flame helps Families
HOMES BUILT OR REPAIRED
Flame has built new homes, or updated the current homes of families. Often their rented accommodation is little more than rusty corrugated iron held together with string and tarpaulin. In many communities homes flood during the rainy season, bringing rubbish, dirt and disease along with it. A new elevated dwelling can alleviate many common illnesses.
A new access way into another poor community has been built, as the old one was failing. In some cases we have helped relocate families to better accommodation.
When families need medical help we send Rithy from our Mobile Medical Team to advise them. We sometimes assist with further care or referrals.