Shaping Healthy Habits
We can’t educate a child who is hungry or sick. Good health begins with clean water, clean hands and clean teeth. Good habits formed early on ripple back to the family, and the community. Good health is a skill set taught by experts from pre-school through grade 12 with age appropriate curriculum. We want to see our students learn what being healthy means.
For many of us, fresh clean water is a given. For others, it is a precious gift. We in the process of updating our micro-filtration systems at our five campuses. To date, we have 6 new biosand filters with UV lights. Our students and their families now enjoy more than 10,000 liters of clean drinking water every day.
Sanitation and Hygiene
Most of our students come from homes and villages lacking any toilet or sink. At CFC schools we provide both toilet stalls and hand-washing stations with soap. And of course our health curriculum teaches when, how and why to wash your hands.
Skills-based Health Education
Our nurse and health educators teach both inside and outside the classroom. From pre-school to grade 12 to community meetings, age and gender specific health lessons are delivered with passion and expertise.
Bright Smiles Bright Futures
This program aims to provide every student with three toothbrushes per year. After each school meal, the students are required to brush their teeth, with teachers on hand to demonstrate how to brush correctly and conduct lessons on good oral hygiene.
Caring for Cambodia now distributes over 17,000 toothbrushes per year. The next time you have a party or a lunch, ask each guest to bring along a new toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste.
Health care at CFC schools includes screening for vision problems. With generous support from and collaboration with International Medical Clinic, Singapore, CFC children are each administered a vision test to identify those who may need corrective treatment. Students identified as needing further evaluation are brought to the Eye Clinic at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. Here they receive appropriate treatment and eyeglasses.
In order to run these programs successfully, Caring for Cambodia runs regular collection campaigns for Dental Hygiene Kits (toothpaste and toothbrush) and Hand Washing Kits (soap and washcloth).