In Cambodia, an alarming number of children are orphaned or abandoned, left to grow up in residential care facilities, apart from anyone they’ve known. Of the 5.4 million children under the age of 18 in Cambodia, this is the fate of one in every 350 kids. Of these, 79% have at least one biological parent alive. But they’re lost in a broken system that disadvantages the poor.
UNICEF Cambodia, UNICEF Innovation, and the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) came up with an innovative way to help. Recognizing that tracking children goes a long way toward protecting them from getting permanently lost, they created a faster and more efficient inspection system.
Thanks to support from Star Wars: Force for Change, UNICEF Innovation was able to develop the technology for a digital tracking system which converts the paper-based method to an Inspection App. The app can complete the equivalent of a 20-page form — a process that previously took multiple days — in just one day.
More important, the innovation has enabled better and safer care for more than 15,000 children throughout Cambodia
This is technology at its best. Look for more improvements ahead, as the generous support of Star Wars: Force for Change, combined with ever-increasing availability of technology in Cambodia, allows help solve critical problems for children.
Written by: Suman Khadka, UNICEF Cambodia