COPE: Cambodia Orphan Project Evaluation

Elton John AIDS Foundation Funded Save the Children Activities (Participatory Evaluation)

 

Save the Children Australia has established support services for more than 9,500 children in Cambodia, providing food, health services, educational support, shelter, psychosocial counseling and livelihood training to orphans in need. A unique feature of this program, funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is that services are delivered through monks living in pagodas. Our role is to evaluate the effectiveness of this program.

This study evaluates the monk-led intervention by comparing orphans receiving their services with orphans not receiving any care and orphans who participated in the Positive Outcomes for Orphans study (POFO – see pofostudy.org for more information).

Over a three year period researchers are collecting quantitative and qualitative data from 200 orphans and caregivers in Siem Reap and Prey Veng who are receiving services and a total of 100 orphans and caregivers not receiving services in Siem Reap and Prey Veng to account for regional differences in care.

Policy Implications: If the monk-led intervention is shown to be effective, it will provide a model of care for children who are orphaned or abandoned in the region.

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Whetten

Investigators: Sara LeGrand

Project Coordinator: Anna Both Koons 

Effective Dates: August 13, 2008-August 12, 2013

Funder: Elton John AIDS Foundation, United Kingdom