Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has its own set of indicators, or targets, to be achieved by 2030. Free To Shine helps rural Cambodian girls and their families to meet the first six. 


 Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

There are 836 million people still living in extreme poverty, struggling to fulfill basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation. Poverty is more than a lack of income and resources, so at Free To Shine we focus on relieving some of the manifestations of poverty, such as: extreme hunger, malnutrition, limited access to education, and the inability to make decisions about your own life. 

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Globally, one in nine people are undernourished. Asia is the continent with the highest number of hungry people – making up two thirds of the total number; with Southeast Asia particularly affected. By 2030 the SDG’s aim to end hunger and ensure access by all people – in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants – to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. At Free To Shine we supply our families with ten different types of seeds, information about their nutritional content, and instruction on how to grow them, assisting girls and their families to grow enough fruits and vegetables to not only feed themselves, but also to sell any excess at market.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Children who are born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families. Children of educated mothers – even mothers with only primary schooling – are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education. Free To Shine knows every extra year at school for a girl has long term health benefits for herself, her family and her future children.

 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Receiving a quality education is the foundation of sustainable development and improving people’s lives. 103 million young people lack literacy skills, more than 60% of whom are women. It is vital to empower girls to access their human right to attend school, and teach them that a University education is possible.  Free To Shine also provides money for extra classes, so our beneficiaries have access to a high quality education when combined with their government schooling. 

  Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender equality is a fundamental human right, and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Inequalities faced by girls can begin at birth, and are often exacerbated in adolescence by issues such as child marriage, trafficking, and discrimination. The International Labour Organisation states that “getting girls into schools and keeping them there is vital to reducing their vulnerability to trafficking.” Free To Shine believes that the safest place for a girl who is at risk of being trafficked into the commercial sex industry is in school where she can learn, grow, and develop into a young woman of potential.

  Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. However, the poorest families often do not have access to safe drinking water; leading to poor sanitation and hygiene, and water borne illnesses such as diarrhoea. Regular illness means that people find themselves unable to go to work or school for extended periods of time, and often families have to take out loans to cover everyday bills or even larger loans to pay for medical treatment. The opportunity cost of these loans is too often a daughter’s education. Free To Shine provides a water filter to for every girl on our program so that they and their families have access to safe drinking water.


For a full list of the SDG’s follow this link