San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2010
Cambodia is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. There are between 80,000 and 100,000 commercial sex workers in Cambodia, of which 30% are under 18 years old. Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, and Kumar Ney Kdey Sangkheum (KNKS), a Cambodian NGO providing social services for vulnerable children, today announce a fiscal sponsor partnership, which will enable U.S. donors to improve the livelihood, health, human rights and education of Cambodian children.
According to the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), human trafficking in Cambodia has increased due to increased poverty, socio-economic imbalance between rural and urban areas, tourism, unemployment, limited education, and poor services for safe migration; poverty is the most significant cause of trafficking. KNKS promotes human rights awareness through community peer education, as well as advocacy and intervention of vulnerable women, children and their families via child rights and women protection networks at all levels.
KNKS, located in Pursat Province, Cambodia, supports the basic human rights of vulnerable children. Their support services include income generation projects, HIV/AIDS awareness education, skills training and the development of community-based self-help organizations.
“The services provided by KNKS to marginalized children in Cambodia are critical to the battle against the human trafficking industry,” said Ray Klinke, CFO and interim CEO of Give2Asia. “Providing donor access to important causes in Asia, such as anti-human trafficking, is key to our mission.”
U.S. donors can make tax-deductible donations to Give2Asia in support of KNKS at http://www.give2asia.org/knks, or by making donations to Give2Asia of cash, securities or other assets.
About Kumar Ney Kdey Sangkheum
KNKS (http://www.knkscam.org), also called the Children of Hope, is a Cambodian NGO that supports the right of vulnerable children to live in a healthy, safe and secure society, achieve an education, and develop to their full potential. KNKS works with children who are victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence, rape and other forms of abuse. Using a combination of direct service, technical assistance and advocacy, they teach basic life skills and vocational training to end the cycle of abuse. KNKS works with government agencies, local commune councils and other NGOs. They also manage a small community restaurant in Pursat town, which provides employment to the local youth and serves as a meeting place.
Give2Asia (http://www.give2asia.org) promotes charitable giving by providing personalized philanthropic services for individuals, foundations and corporations. Founded by The Asia Foundation, with more than 50 years of grantmaking experience in the Asia-Pacific region, Give2Asia helps overcome the common challenges associated with giving overseas and has made possible more than US$130 million in giving since launching in 2001.
Give2Asia’s Fiscal Sponsorship services help approved Asia-based charitable groups establish a U.S. presence, provide professional donor stewardship, and make possible tax-deductible support for Asia-based groups. Give2Asia currently provides fiscal sponsorship to over 100 charitable institutions across the Asia-Pacific region.