Rudi Boa Centre (RBC) is a learning Centre 22 km from Phnom Penh providing an array of grass roots level education classes and services for children 5-18 years of age. RBC is situated in a slum ‘relocation’ community, meaning nearly all of its 1500 impoverished families were forcibly evicted from their homes in downtown Phnom Penh in order to allow for commercial development. Relocation communities are notoriously poor, and lack schools, health services, access to employment, and general infrastructure of any kind. RBC provides grass roots level education classes, critical life skills, and opportunities to 300 children in the relocation site.
Classes and programs are run from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., with a daily attendance of approximately 300 children. Programs and classes at RBC:
- Leadership skills, positive attitudes and child protection.
- Job seeking skills
- Sanitation & basic health (hygiene, de-worming, first aid, dental care)
- English and Khmer classes
- Prevention of domestic violence, mental health and counselling sessions
- Child rights and welfare
- Sports and recreation
- Khmer Music and Dance