On the morning of 15th October 2014, Green Generation and Development (GGD) with the cooperation of Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization (VCAO) has organized “Cooking For Vulnerable Children”, a charity food event, in order to join the world to celebrate the 2014 World Food Day “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”.
“Cooking for Vulnerable Children” is purposefully created under two main objectives; (1) to encourage the culture of sharing from individuals and families with better life conditions to the less fortunate ones, especially vulnerable children and (2) to raise awareness against unnecessary food waste which could be better fed the vulnerable community.
It is important to know that these 300 vulnerable children are the former garbage collectors along Steung Meanchey waste dumping sites, Phnom Penh city’s biggest waste disposal. During lives as garbage collectors, these children were severely lacking of basic necessities such as shelters and food, let alone basic education. Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization (VCAO) has gathered these unfortunate children and provided with better life conditions and primary and basic education.
Beside the cooking chicken curry for the children, GGD also organized educational sessions for the kids on a few topics such as Impacts of drug, sanitation and hygiene, and Think – eat – save (reducing food waste). After the sessions, there are also fun activities with them to bring closeness and friendship among the volunteers and the children.
GGD and VCAO, in establishing this charity event, have received tremendous supports and donations from Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC), numerous buddhist monks, university students, some private sectors, and other generous citizens. Aside from donations, these generous people were also the active volunteers helping GGD members, the organizers, to arrange the food, clean the dishes during the event, and organize different educational and fun sessions.
This event has shown great mental and physical impacts on the vulnerable children and the participants. The physical impacts are feeding the children with delicious food and the receiving food and study supplies for them to use in the future. The mental impacts that manifest in people’s mindset in the event is the culture of sharing and giving hands to your own community who are in need.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill