Hope for Cambodian Children Foundation Inc. (HOPE) is an Australian non-government, not-for-profit organisation with taxation deductibility status (DGR). HOPE aims to give a future to children whose lives have been affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Cambodia, and seeks to provide support, healthcare and education to children and families. Many of the non-government agencies operating in Cambodia test children for HIV as part of the admission criteria. If the children are found to be positive, they are not accepted. HOPE centre positively discriminates in favour of children and families affected by the HIV virus.
HOPE is a fully accredited and registered NGO with the relevant Cambodian government agencies. See our child protection policy.
Jenny McAuley has just returned from a 3 week visit to the HOPE centre in Battambang. Jenny has written a letter to sponsors and donors about her recent visit.
HOPE is a non-government and non-religious organisation, reliant upon private donations and sponsorship from Australia.
HOPE operates HIV-prevention programs and supports those most at risk of contracting HIV as well as other health and hygiene education programs.
HOPE has built a centre in Battambang Cambodia to care for up to 120 children. At the HOPE centre we provide and care for children abandoned by their families and community because they have or are suspected of having HIV/AIDS. Most of the 100 or more children at HOPE are orphans, many of them have HIV/AIDS. We have a policy of keeping families together, so often when the parents die of AIDS, they leave behind 4 or more children, and usually just the youngest child is HIV+.
Many of the children have been living on the streets or on the fringes of villages and as a consequence have not been attending school. At HOPE centre the children are provided with catch up programs so they can return to school. These programs include after-school classes that are also available to the poorest families in the community.