- About Us
A society where people, especially young children and women, live with integrity in harmony and enjoy their well being.
CYK aims to promote the healthy development of young children, who are deprived by living under harsh environments from war, disaster, starvation and/or poverty and to support their parents and their community to be self-reliant in a humane living environment.
Background of Caring for Young Khmer
Caring for Young Khmer, CYK, opened an office in the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1991 as a division of Caring for Young Refugees. Caring for Young Refugees, a Japanese NGO, was established in 1980 to assist Cambodian refugee children and women in Thailand.
Caring for Young Khmer has been operating since1991 community based programs focusing on impoverished villages, with a child-care program to assist healthy development of deprived young children.
History of CYK’s Weaving Program
From 1981 a Weaving skill training program was implemented in Thailand in refugee camp for women who waited for resettlement in third countries or repatriation to their homeland. In 1993 in Kandal Province, Cambodia where CYK operates a community childcare center, CYK started a weaving program in order to support village women to earn their living. In 2003 in Takeo Province, where traditional silk ikat weaving is very popular, the present weaving training center was established.
Since then CYK has been operating many weaving training courses for beginners and skilled village weavers. By 2013, 172 weavers have graduated from these one year, six-month and three-month weaving courses. The training team also conducted 2-weeks mobile workshops in weavers' communities for training in new ikat patterns with nearly 700 village weavers attending the mobile workshops in Takeo province.