Prevent trafficking by spending time with at-risk youth
World Education initially began its work in Cambodia in 1991 with the Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology, supporting its work in health education in a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) co-finance project funded by USAID. Other early government contacts included working with the Ministry of Agriculture's Water and Forestry Department on integrated pest management and literacy. The Cambodia Assistance to Primary Education Project (CAPE), which began in 1995, was with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) and was closed down after the coup in July 1996. World Education relaunched its programs in Cambodia in 2001, just as the country was opening up to greater involvement of international NGOs. In the early 2000s, World Education helped pioneer work on child labor issues in Cambodia, at all levels—the community, district and nationally. This work first began in Prey Veng Province with funding from UNICEF, then later with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and continues with support from private foundations as part of a cross regional Youth on the Move Initiative. World Education’s work on child labor issues included a significant component of inter-ministerial collaboration and capacity building with the upper levels of government.