What is DARA Europe?
DARA Europe is a small but focused charity organization, dedicated to support Stellar Child Care Organization (SCCO) in Cambodia, in order to provide underprivileged children with a bright future.
DARA Europe wants to offer children the opportunity to grow up and develop themselves into bright stars. We therefore guide and support individual children intensively over several years. DARA Europe does not give thousands of children a one-time meal but instead ensures structural support through educational programs that make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.
Besides educational programs, DARA Europe supports SCCO's residential care center that helps 10 to 20 children on a structural and full time basis. It is important that these children get the opportunity to develop themselves to independent adults having a proper job in the future, in order to relieve themselves and their families from extreme poverty. This requires personal help and commitment for each child individually. All support SCCO receives will fully benefit the development of the children.
Our support focuses on the following aspects:
· Creating a safe living environment;
· Offering good healthcare;
· Facilitating education;
· Offering nutritious and healthy food;
· Stimulating independence
In other words, DARA Europe wants to provide all benefits a child needs to develop into a independent grown up. Our first goal is therefore to ensure that the children are healthy and could grow up in a safe living environment. This means that they have the opportunity to go to the hospital, see a doctor and dentist if they need to, and have access to a first aid kit and medicines. Furthermore, we need to provide the children a healthy and varied diet. DARA Europe want to ensure that the children get better nutrition than just simple rice meals. Besides, we support the children by creating the opportunity for them to attend school, both the local Cambodian school as well as English lessons. Education will, in the end, make the difference between ending up on the streets or in factories with bad working conditions or having the opportunity to apply for a good job.
Translating the Cambodian word DARA to English gives STAR. DARA Europe wants to ensure that these Cambodian children have the opportunity to develop themselves into real stars. A bright star, shining Cambodia’s future.
Besides, we hope to bring a shining light into the lives and future of these kids.
What are the most important values for DARA Europe?