Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 questions: urban poor communities in Cambodia

By Martina Tomassini

Shacks above a pool of water and garbage in Andong urban poor community, Phnom Penh
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Phok Sophea

Rapid population growth in Cambodia’s capital is putting Phnom Penh under considerable pressure. Given its lack of adequate social services, social security and physical infrastructure, the city does not have capacity to cope with the current high influx of immigrants from rural areas it is experiencing. This results in ever-growing urban poor communities, where people live on the outskirts of society and face many challenges, including lack of basic sanitation and hygiene, as well as social services. I spoke with Alexandra Hammer, Project Advisor at UNICEF Cambodia, who has been working closely with these communities. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015


ដោយ៖ សែម វ៉លល័រ

ប្រាថ្នា អាយុ២២ឆ្នាំ កំពុងរៀននៅសកលវិទ្យាល័យនីតិសាស្ត្រ និងវិទ្យាសាស្ត្រសេដ្ឋកិច្ចនៅភ្នំពេញ
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Sam Waller

ប្អូនប្រុស យាង ប្រាថ្នា គឺជាយុវជនដែលមានការងាររវល់ច្រើន។ ខ្ញុំបានជួបគាត់នៅពេលព្រឹក
ដែលមានអកាសធាតុក្តៅនៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញនៅស្ថានីយទូរទស្សន៍ជាតិកម្ពុជា (ទទក) ជាស្ថានីយទូរទស្សន៍មានប្រជាប្រិយមួយរបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា។ គាត់នៅទីនោះធ្វើជាអ្នកណែនាំដល់យុវជនវ័យក្មេងៗចំនួន៤រូប ដែលកំពុងចូលរួមក្នុងកិច្ចពិភាក្សាក្នុងកម្មវិធីទូរទស្សន៍ស្ដីពីតួនាទីនៃប្រព័ន្ធផ្សព្វផ្សាយបែបឌីជីថលនៅក្នុងការអប់រំសុខភាពផ្លូវភេទ និងបន្តពូជ។ រាល់ពេលពេលសម្រាកពីការថត អ្នកគ្រប់គ្នាស្ដាប់ប្អូនប្រុសប្រាថ្នា ផ្ដល់ដំបូន្មានដល់អ្នកចូលរួម។

នៅពេលថតចប់កម្មវិធី ប្អូនប្រុសប្រាថ្នា ចូលរួមកិច្ចប្រជុំមួយផ្សេងទៀត ដើម្បីរៀបចំផែនការសម្រាប់យុទ្ធនាការលុបបំបាត់អំពើហិង្សាលើក្មេងស្រីនិងស្ត្រីនាពេលខាងមុខ។ នៅពេលរសៀល គាត់ធ្វើដំណើរទៅសលាវិទ្យាល័យ មួយកន្លែង ដើម្បីបណ្ដុះបណ្ដាលកុមារដែលត្រូវបានជ្រើសរើសឱ្យចូលរួមពិភាក្សាដេញដោលអំពីប្រធានបទ ការរំលោភបំពានលើផ្លូវភេទ។
អូ! លើសពីនេះ គាត់ក៏កំពុងសិក្សានៅសកលវិទ្យាល័យផងដែរ។ មែនហើយ គាត់រៀននៅសកលវិទ្យាល័យចំនួនពីរឯណោះ!

A youth champion for child rights in Cambodia

By Sam Waller

22-year-old Yeang Prathna in his class at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Sam Waller

Yeang Prathna is a very busy young man. I meet up with him on a hot Phnom Penh morning at the studios of TVK, one of Cambodia’s leading television stations. He’s here as a mentor to four youngsters, who are participating in a televised discussion on the role of digital media in sexual and reproductive health education. In between takes, everyone stops to listen as Prathna gives advice to the participants. He helps them to relax and be calm.

Once the filming is finished, Prathna heads off to take part in a meeting to plan an upcoming campaign to eliminate violence against girls and women. In the afternoon, it’s over to a local high school to provide training to children who are entered into a debate about sexual harassment. Oh and he’s also studying at university. Well, two universities to be precise.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Innovative food supplements take a bite out of malnutrition in Cambodia

By Arnaud Laillou and Samoeurn Un

Students of an NGO-run preschool test different food supplements
© IRD Cambodia/Wieringa

In Cambodia, many children aged between 6 months and 2 years do not receive the right foods to ensure they grow up healthy and strong. A recent survey showed that only one in five babies aged 6 to 8 months is fed the recommended minimal acceptable diet. A third of children under 5 show high levels of stunting, and a quarter are seriously underweight. One in 10 suffers from acute malnutrition.

Malnourished children can struggle with lifelong consequences, including impaired physical and cognitive development.

That’s why UNICEF partnered with Dr. Frank Wieringa, a Dutch researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, to develop a nutritious, locally made food supplement to offer Cambodian caregivers the chance to add important vitamins and minerals to their children’s daily food intake.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mapping communities targets support for vulnerable families

By Ariel Hofher
3-month-old Pyal Lima, in the arms of her mother, Sor Sreyna, has been granted an identity thanks to the birth certificate that her father is holding.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Ariel Hofher

Imagine: neither you nor your neighbours have a radio or television. You have only a basic level of education. Your livelihood is dependent on the rice and cassava that your husband farms on his modest plot of land. If rain is minimal during the cultivation season, then crop production will be poor. If your harvest is insufficient, it is likely that your family members will frequently experience going to bed hungry. Your level 1 ID Poor Identification Card signifies that your household is at the lowest strata of poverty. Additionally, the day is nearing that you will go into labour, and until recently, you believed that your sole option was to give birth traditionally at home without a skilled attendant, rather than at a quality healthcare centre.