The Green Gecko Project
Green Gecko's holistic program not only includes the cost of caring for and educating 100+ former street children at our centre, but also incorporates our outreach work with 32 families, along with community development collaborations with other organisations working in Cambodia.
- Khmer education
- English education
- Activities program
- Sports and culture program
- Further education and training
- Health and medical care
- Nutrition and hygiene
- Adolescent sexuality and relationship education
Our Outreach Work
Green Gecko's family outreach program offers psychosocial support to the Gecko families, who have themselves been victims of violence, trauma and abuse. Our program looks at the interrelation of social factors and individual thoughts and behaviours. It aims to ease families into healthier, more sustainable lifestyles by helping them reduce the harms associated with the ways they currently cope with their past and present issues. The outreach program offers counselling and support to work through problematic alcohol and drug use and problem gambling, which so often lead to debt, domestic violence and family breakdown.
Our outreach program provides monthly rental assistance and weekly nutrition packs (including rice, meat and fresh vegetables) to Gecko families. We aim to replace this with income generation where possible, offering vocational training and microbusiness opportunities for parents, and also hiring parents for employment at Green Gecko. Outreach programs include:
- Alcohol and addictions counselling
- Domestic violence counselling
- Nutritional support and rental assistance
- Educational support for siblings
- Health and medical care
- Women's health workshops
- Child abuse awareness and protection
- Adolescent sexuality and relationship education for young people in Siem Reap
Medical support for families
Recognising that health care is out of reach for many of our families, Green Gecko supports the medical costs of our parents and siblings. Medical support also helps to prevent families turning to crime or trafficking people into begging rings, forced labour and the sex industry in order to meet unavoidable debts.
Education sponsorship for siblings
At Green Gecko, we recognise that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for our families. Sponsoring education fees, uniforms and related costs to ensure our Gecko siblings can attend Khmer school is an important step in preparing the next generation to make positive choices and lead healthy and productive adult lives. With the support of our
Gecko friends, we are hoping to expand our education sponsorship in the near future.
Sexuality and relationships education for young people in Siem Reap
Children are only children for a short time before they need to take responsibility for their adult lives. Delivered by WRC (Women's Resource Centre, Siem Reap) their courses prepare young people to have responsible, happy and stable relationships by working with the whole person - body, heart and mind - and actively promotes safe sex as a part of the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- Silk Screen Printing Lab
- Food farm
- Grace Gecko Vocational Centre for Women
- Visitors' centre and shop
- Bokator performances
The Gecko gift shop
Green Gecko Fundraising is a small Australian registered business run by Green Gecko volunteers who not only manage and develop the Green Gecko online gift store; but aim to provide administrative assistance for Cambodian charities AND donate 100% of what's left over directly to the Green Gecko Project through the Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund. The proceeds of Green Gecko Fundraising free up donations by covering expenses like product development, airfares, financial assistance for full time volunteers, fundraising and administrative expenses. From a delicious and vibrant Green Gecko cookbook to a groovy Green Gecko cap, when you buy from the Green Gecko Gift Shop, you are giving in more ways than one!
Fore more information, visit http://www.greengeckoproject.org
Green Gecko has hungry bellies to feed & growing kids to clothe. Like any family, Gecko has all those essential ongoing family expenses such as food, medical and education & then the day to day needs like soap, toothpaste etc. $5 will feed five hungry growing Green Gecko kids for a day, provide necessary medicines for a sick child, or get 100 litres of drinking water.
Visitors are welcome to visit Green Gecko & learn firsthand, of the work it does. It is however, conscious of impacting on the children's schedules (and privacy) as little as possible. Green Gecko is both a school, & the children’s home and it is important they complete their daily programs & also, don’t feel like they are on ‘show’. For this reason, visiting is restricted to between the hours 9:30am-10:30am Monday to Friday.
What To Bring
Green Gecko is always in need of a mish-mash of items, from big things all the way down to unexciting practical needs. To help the willing decide what they would like to do/give/buy/bring for the geckos you will find an up to date ‘Wish List’ on its web site http://www.greengeckoproject.org/flex/
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