There are approximately 800,000 stateless ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia. As stateless people, these ethnic Vietnamese have no rights in Cambodia. Many live on the floating villages on Ton Le Sap Lake, relying on fishing to survive. The children, born in Cambodia, cannot attend public school. They cannot own land, have access to public healthcare or social services, nor find employment in the open economy. Without rights, the ethnic Vietnamese subsist mainly in the underground economy, including in the sex industry. Children have been sold on the streets of Svay Pak which is an ethnic Vietnamese enclave that has become the child prostitution capital of the world.
These floating villages have no road, water, medical clinic, or school. They use the lake water to drink, bathe, cook, clean, and everything else you can imagine.
Since they are not recognized by Vietnamese government; going home is not an option!
International Humanitarian Mission (IHM) was created to help the plight of stateless ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia. The goal of the mission is to provide:
1. Better living conditions
3. Medical care
Our goal is to construct a school and a clean water system in Kampong Chnnang to provide basic education for the children and clean water for the people. The cost for both projects is estimated at $150,000. To date, we have raised $30,000 and the school foundation has been laid. To complete both projects, IHM needs to raise an additional $120,000.
Thank you for allowing us to share the struggles of these stateless Vietnamese. We realize that the pandemic has affected everyone and there are many domestic needs; however, we hope that you will find it in your heart to help these forgotten people. Any amount of donation will be immensely appreciated.
Please join our Virtual Fundraising Event on Saturday October 24, at 7pm (PST)