Cambodia is a small country with a population of around 11 million, of which over 50% are aged 15 and under. Over the last 3 decades, Cambodia has been torn politically, morally and socially by rampant civil war. It is estimated that around a quarter of the population, including almost all educated people, were killed under the Khmer Rouge Regime in the 1970's. However, peace was not truly restored in some rural provinces until 1998. Due to this political turmoil, the moral fabric of Cambodian society decayed, resulting in a current environment where serious human rights abuses continue to prevail. Extreme poverty experienced by large sectors of the population have rendered high numbers of children vulnerable to abuse, neglect, hunger, and illness with little opportunity to relieve themselves from these situations.
In 2006, the David O. Kingston Foundation was invited by Cambodia's Pannasastra University (PUC) and the Metta Karuna Foundation (MKF) to collaborate with their community out-reach programs by working directly with their faculty and students. These educational programs included an in house library. Other programs include sponsoring dental care, immunizations, yoga, meditation classes, and art classes.
Our involvement in these unique programs has shown us the positive changes made in children's lives when they are provided the right tools to empower them.
Our goal and mission as an organization is to empower and enlighten “at risk” children around the world and help them become strong and productive members of the world community. Our work in Cambodia is central to this core focus.
Nutritional Assistance – Assistance with LRDE
From its beginnings in 2010 we have helped provide support to Les Restaurants Des Enfants (LRDE) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. An organization providing meals to children of homeless families on average feeding 250 children daily. As of June 2016, LRDE has provided more than 220,000 meals to children. We also provide baby formula to "at risk" infants. In addition, the organization also provides personal hygiene services to these same children by allowing them to take showers and have their hair cut in the LRDE facility. Many of the children who are served by this outreach are orphans and are completely on their own on the dangerous streets of Phnom Penh. LRDE provides these children with a sense of structure and stability where they can be guaranteed a daily meal and a place to be accepted as who they are.
Yoga and Meditation
Part of the Global Souls mission and vision is to help “at risk” children realize a transformation in their lives to become people of compassion, acceptance and strength. Our yoga and meditation programs help these children in attaining this goal through the principles instilled by these practices.