We are excited to announce the Mannkind Girls 2 Grannies Village that is currently in construction through our building partners Cambodian Children’s Fund. There will be 50 homes built in a holistic village that will house 200 women and girls. We have officially broken ground and anticipate to complete the village in November 2020.
Our communities in Cambodia feature more than just homes, they also include playgrounds, gardens, communal spaces, washhouses, and bamboo fencing throughout. We’re passionate about creating spaces where families have the resources to thrive.
Our vision for this amazing project is to support CCF’s proven strategy to end the poverty cycle by providing the important foundation of safe housing to girls and women. This village is specifically designed for women and girls — it gives girls who have been orphaned or abandoned a supportive, safe place to live so that they can attend school instead of being forced to pick up garbage to survive. It will also provide a home for the “Grannies” of the community where they can nurture the younger women and girls. This village will house 200 of these vulnerable women currently living in Steung Meanchey. “Chbab Srey,” or “Rules for Girls,” is a traditional moral code of behaviour that dictates a subordinate place for Cambodian women in society. Cambodian girls face great pressure to drop out of school early to go to work in order to survive. They live in dangerous conditions picking garbage while living in slums surrounding the dump.