Light of Cambodian Children (LCC) was established in 1998 to encourage underserved young people to seek higher education, become self-sufficient, and serve as positive role models in our communities.
An alarming majority of young people we serve live with parents suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. Along with cultural and language barriers, that leaves parents with little or no ability to deal with child-raising problems.
Lowell has the second largest Cambodian population in the United States. Many of these Cambodian residents were refugees who fled genocide from Cambodia and now live in poverty in the United States. Cambodians make up about one-third of the population in Lowell, but barely ten percent of the graduating students continue on to higher education. For this forlorn population, this statistic contradicts the stereotype of the Asian Model Minority, yet much is expected of them.
LCC is committed to take a pro-active intervention and prevention approach for the young and early teen populations so they can understand their rich culture, which will strengthen their relationships and reduce tensions between ethnic groups and individuals.