Thursday, August 30, 2012

Partnership programme strengthens child protection systems in Cambodia

Makara (name changed) helps herself to fruit in the M’Lop Tapang’s canteen.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
M’Lop Tapang, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), joined forces with UNICEF and Friends International (FI), as a key partner in the Partnership Programme for the Protection of Children, also known as 3PC. The partnership programme with contributions from the German Committee for UNICEF, the Netherlands Committee for UNICEF and USAID, aims to help strengthen the country’s efforts to prevent and respond to child protection concerns. In support of government strategies, the partnership programme operates in five provinces and involves eight other NGOs across Cambodia.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Growing up in Cambodia: Chhay Hean aged 13


© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Mengyean Ung
I am Chhay Hean. I am 13 years old and I live in Kampong Thom province with my family. My father is a manual labourer and my mother makes a living digging for potatoes at a nearby farm. In the family, I am the youngest. I have two older brothers and one sister. They are students in secondary school and high school.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Basic training for teachers in teaching children with hearing impairment



UNICEF in partnership with Krousar Thmey - School for the Deaf, and with funds from IKEA Australia, recently supported pre-school teachers from Kampong Thom province and Prey Veng province, to attend a four week training course entitled “Basic training for teachers in teaching children with hearing impairment”.

Field Diary: Opportunities for vulnerable children in Battambang helps community development

Jan Dannheisig outside the UNICEF Zone Office, Battambang.
© Jan Dannheisig 2012
Jan Dannheisig is completing his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Now conducting research for his thesis about humanitarian interventions and the responsibility to protect, he describes a visit to a UNICEF-supported project in Battambang, which provides the most vulnerable children and youth of Battambang, with an opportunity to access education, artistic and cultural activities. The project is part of a larger programme - the Partnership Programme for the Protection of Children (3PC) - with contributions from the German Committee for UNICEF, the Netherlands Committee for UNICEF and USAID.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ensuring marginalised children have the right start to life

Sophal Khiev, Chief of Srang Health Centre.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
“I’ve noticed people in the community, especially vulnerable women understanding the importance of visiting the health centre. Before, they would deliver their babies with a traditional birthing assistant. They didn’t understand that they needed to take special medicine prior to delivering their babies,” explains Sophal Khiev, Chief of Srang Health Centre.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Holding out a hand to children on the streets

Cart pushers cross the bridge that separates the no man's land to the Thai border.
© UNICEF Cambodia/Nicolas Axelrod
An estimated 2,000 Cambodian children cross the border into Thailand every day to work or beg. Yet despite these astonishing figures, there is little being done to ensure these children get the proper start in life that they deserve. The Goutte d’Eau drop-in centre, which UNICEF supports, was opened in 2001 to help support these children and is the only centre of its kind in Poipet.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beyond Barriers


While Cambodia has improved key health indicators for mothers and children over the last 10 years, infants born in rural areas are three times more likely to die during their first year of life than infants born in urban communities.