Cambodia, Kirivong ADP
World Vision has been working in Takeo province since 1997. Originally, the Area Development Programme (ADP) covered only two of twelve communes in Kirivong District. From October 2014, the ADP expanded its target area to another commune, Kiri Chong Kaoh, so as to impact a greater number of children and their families. Kirivong ADP now covers 27 villages in three communes.
Most of the people in Kirivong ADP are engaged in rice farming, and some families also raise animals such as cows, pigs and chickens. But the community faces food shortages three to six months a year.
In addition, the literacy rate in Kirivong district is at 41%. Where education is concerned, enrolment rates at primary and secondary levels are high. But two in 10 children drop out of school before Grade 9 due to poverty, poor school facilities including lack of school teachers, and the need to help support their families’ incomes.
Access to safe drinking water is also problematic. Most villagers have to travel long distances to collect water in the dry season.