Introduction

In the US, we often take basic education for granted. Here in Cambodia, education for the poor is a privilege that is beyond reach.

Most families have many children, upwards of 7 or 8. Income may only be a couple of dollars a day. To put food on the table for the family is nearly impossible. A small amount of rice with vegetables once a day is sustenance. The thought of buying a uniform so that a child can attend school is not even a consideration. The cycle is destined to repeat itself.

Anjali House was created to open the door for education for the poor. By providing uniforms for children to attend school, school supplies, two nutritional meals a day and supplemental education, they equip the children to learn and provide them the training for a better life.

At Anjali House…

“We believe that no child should be forced to beg or work. We believe that they have the right to enjoy their childhood – to learn, play, make friends and grow in a safe and happy environment. These are basic rights that no child should be denied.”

At Anjali House we provide each child with free healthcare, food, clean drinking water and education. (www.anjali-house.com).

WorldPix visits Anjali House. [Jeff Dannay and Kathryn Dannay middle of last row]. Photograph by Alessandro Vannucci.

Jeff Dannay of WorldPix presenting to Nancy (Communications and Fundraising Manager of Anjali House) a photograph by WorldPix photographer, Tanya Houppermans. Photograph by Alessandro Vannucci.

Overview

Kathryn Dannay and Jeff Dannay of WorldPix, touring the Children’s Library. Photograph by Alessandro Vannucci.

Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Anjali House supports children ages 5-19 years of age. Most children come from very poor homes, sometimes there is abuse in the home and often it is a single parent family. Currently (2017), there are 120 children receiving support.

Children at Anjali House receive:

  • Uniforms so they can attend school
  • School supplies (books, paper, computer access)
  • Supplementary education (health, hygiene, basic finances, additional education for either college prep or vocational training)
  • An annual physical with a local doctor
  • An annual dentist checkup
  • Two nutritious meals a day (so students can focus on learning). Most of the food is grown organically on the property. A local volunteer, Annie, manages the garden.

Children who participate who attend Anjali house, stay with their families and attend the government school. The government school provides a 1/2 day of education and Anjali House provides the other half day of education. Half the students go in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.

History

Students learn Photoshop skills in the computer lab. Photograph by Kathryn Dannay.

Anjali House has a close connection with photography and the arts making it a perfect match for WorldPix. Anjali House began in 2005 as a project of the Angkor Photo Association (a registered non-profit association in France – Reg No: W751202186), and the Angkor Photography Festival Association in Cambodia (Reg No: 1391SPN). A group of photographers worked together to promote photography and highlight humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia. They involved some of the local street children in workshops and empowered them by enabling them to showcase their learning (dance and photography) during during the festival.

Anjali House continues a close association with Angkor Photo Association and the Angkor Photo Festival Association and students continue to participate each year working on projects throughout the year to exhibit at the festival.

What started as a few workshops, has evolved into an established organization and WorldPix is excited to continue to support this organization.

Making a difference

Anjali House logoPurchasing a print from WorldPix enables WorldPix to provide financial support to Anjali House, helping these children receive an education and prepare them for adulthood with a future.

For a one of kind experience, Anjali House also offers volunteer opportunities to work onsite with the organization and the children. Visit their website for additional information.