CAMBODIA | KANDAL PROVINCE
TAKHMAO RUBBISH DUMP
CAMBODIA – Kandal Province
This dump project is active and funded By Scott Dunn Travel & Imagine Asia.
Takhmao Dump is located in Kandal Province on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. It has been there for 15 years, covering a wide expanse of almost 2 hectares.The waste comes from the Takhmao area with approximately 7 truckloads of rubbish being dumped each day. There are around 100 people who work on the dump, two thirds of which are children. The community mainly live in a village that surrounds the dump in flimsy wood and thatched huts, with limited access to water and sanitation.
Our in country delivery partner is Pour Sourire D’Enfant (PSE) a charity which specialises in providing education and vocational training to child scavengers. Set up in 1996 with 20 children from the Stung Meanchey Dump in Phnom Penh, they now care for over 6000 children a day across Cambodia. We delivered our first ever project with their support in 2009 and today together we have set up a nursery for the under 6 years olds at Takhmao dump and enrolled the older children into their education programmes. This gives every baby, child and young person an alternative to scavenging every day. The funding to set up this project was from Comic Relief and match funded by Scott Dunn Travel.
After 3 years we had achieved 100% engagement with this project- meaning that there are now no longer children scavenging on this dump. In May 2017 Scott Dunn Travel took over full funding with their sister company Imagine Asia. Thanks to their support, we can now keep the children off the dump every day in a beautiful centre, where they have playgrounds, gardens and classrooms. It is a fully functioning nursery 5 days a week and also provides a safe and inspiring place for the older children to change, eat and and do their homework.
Thanks to the ongoing support on this project, children have been given a choice, through education, they no longer have a future scavenging.