GlobeMed at the University of Denver partners with BSDA in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, to support the health and human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
GlobeMed at the University of Denver + Buddhism for Social Development Action
GlobeMed at the University of Denver| Denver, Colorado
Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA) | Kampong Cham, Cambodia
In 2011, UNICEF provided an estimated range of 54,000-96,000 people living in Cambodia living with HIV/AIDS, and about 30% of Cambodia’s entire population lived under the poverty line in 2007.
“I want to give the chance to young university student to understand more about real situation of poor community in developing country like Cambodia as well as the Cambodian culture. I want to promote BSDA among university student in the globalization and find more chance to help support the poor community through sustainable activities to assist them to access the health care service.”
– Vandong Thorn, Executive Director of BSDA
About the Partnership
Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA) was founded in 2005 by seven Buddhist Monks who were frustrated that the local monks were preaching altruism in theory but did not practice it. They started BSDA in an attempt to find paths of peace and friendships in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and genocide. Although led mainly by Buddhist monks, BSDA maintains religious neutrality and aims to improve communication among the religious groups in Cambodia.
BSDA focuses on educating street children, orphans, and vagabonds for a brighter future by offering language, computer and vocational training as well as scholarships to directly help the youth in need. Furthermore, BSDA aims to target systemic issues of poverty by educating famers, improving public schools, helping reduce the threat of HIV/AIDS, and strengthening base democracy in Cambodia.
GlobeMed at the University of Denver and Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA) are working together to create an income generation project that will provide loans for the creation of small businesses. This project aims to improve the livelihood of families who are receiving scholarships for their children to attend school in conjunction with Mekong Kampuchea Kids (MKK) Project and Cambodian Consortium for out of School Children (CCOSC).
This project was developed after a needs assessment that found that children were not attending school due to:
- Lack of awareness about importance of education
- External pressure that forces children to drop out of school
By providing small business loans, BSDA complements MKK and CCOSC’s educational programs and targets the systemic issue of poverty that affects students’ ability to finish school.
GlobeMed at the University of Denver hopes to raise $7,500 this year for Buddhism for Social Development Action. BSDA is working in conjunction with the MKK and CCOSC projects in order to provide students in Cambodia the opportunity for an education and to reduce the poverty amongst families in their community.