Khmer Youth Association (KYA)
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||#135A, St.259, Sangkat Toek La-ak I, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh|
|Country:||Cambodia (new code CMB)|
||Khmer Youth Association (KYA) is a humanitarian, non-political party, non-governmental and non-partisan organization working in the area of human resources development, gender, human rights, environment, and democratic development.
KYA was set up because we realized that young people are main factors and important elements in the national and international development and peace. Youth participation is a special mechanism to build a democratic society. Through national and international interest, youths have to try their best to join all activities and show responsibility for their families, communities, nations and indeed the world. The youth voice is a main challenge of political atmosphere and it will support the country to reach prosperity, peace, justice, good governance, democracy, and sustainable development.
Since 2003 this unit attempts to increase the knowledge about the risk of drug use and abuse among vulnerable groups. The Prevention Project first started as a pilot project in Phnom Penh. In 2004, the project extended to Siem Reap, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey. To decrease the abuse of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs like jama or glue KYA uses several methods:
Trainings are offered in schools or youth organisations to raise awareness and provide knowledge even to local authorities. Workshops with related topics are organized where experts are explaining the current situation, policies, visions and activities.
Public campaigns with banners and loudspeakers are organized to inform the people about the dangers of drug abuse and our activities.
Our trained peer educators talk to students, street children and youths who dropped out of school, explaining and showing the disadvantages, risks and dangers of drug abuse using posters and give-aways like leaflets.
In 2005 we started a new project which is called the Media Project.
A mobile team is moving to the different provinces to get in contact with the citizens and to educate them with the help of role plays and participating theater.