Thursday, December 26, 2013

Water and Sanitation: A Right for All

Steng Hen at Preak Krabao Primary School
Peam Chor district of Prey Veng
The lack of access to water and sanitation is one of the biggest issues affecting Cambodian children, especially in rural areas.  Access to separate toilet and sanitation facilities at schools has been proven to improve the attendance of girls.  When two primary schools in Preh Veng province, 90 kilometers from Cambodia’s capitol, Phnom Penh, recently received water supply tanks, toilets and hygiene facilities from UNICEF, the communities gathered for the inauguration ceremonies.

Monday, December 16, 2013

UNICEF Cambodia celebrated Universal Children’s Day

On 20 November, UNICEF Cambodia celebrated Universal Children’s Day, the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a day dedicated to children.

We invited children to submit drawings, paintings or poems to share with others around the world. The theme for Universal Children’s Day 2013 was ’End Violence against Children’. The pictures received illustrated where children felt safe and happy, and included portraits of their family, home, school and friends.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Social service mapping helps identify and assist families in need

Luch Morn and her granddaughter Sok outside their tiny home.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
Slightly bent over in the stifling Cambodian heat tending to her corn in Teuk Laak village, Luch Morn, 64, is finally pleased to see the fruits of her labour. Having planted the corn seeds in February, Morn takes some comfort knowing that she will be able to create various meals for her family using the corn during the next few months, in addition to the food supplies she recently received through the Commune Council.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Commune improves sanitation and hygiene for all families

Mr. Keo Kay (right) says his family is much healthier since they started using a latrine.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Hun Sovadhanak

In the remote rural village of Damnak Kantuot in Thmey commune, Preah Vihear province (in northern Cambodia)   open defecation used to be the norm and contributed to regular bouts of illness in the community, especially among children. But things improved greatly after 2011 when members of the Commune Council received a UNICEF-supported orientation on how to identify critical social service issues for attention.  After deciding that water, sanitation and hygiene would be their priority, the Commune Council made improvements using its annual government budget and the ‘social service envelope’: additional funding from UNICEF, made possible with contributions from the Australian Committee for UNICEF.

Dedicated community preschool teacher boosts attendance and makes early learning fun

Preschool students giggle and shout, “hoot-hoot,” as they join in with a folk-tale about animals narrated by their teacher Ms. Chap Chandy.  For the 25 children at the Kwan village community preschool in Kampong Speu province, stories with actions and sound-effects that they can imitate are fun and memorable especially when learning about values like honesty, sharing, and perseverance.
Community preschool teacher, Ms. Chap Chandy tells a story about forest animals to her students in Kamong Speu province.
© UNICEF Cambodia/ 2013/ Charmaine Gaa

From Slum to School

In the urban settlement of Chbar Ampov, on the banks of the Bassac river in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, this young girl lives with her family in a basic one room corrugated iron home, without proper sanitation or access to safe water. She is confronted with many daily challenges from health, safety, malnutrition, education and overall development.

In Chbar Ampov, 60 per cent of children live in extreme poverty. The river next to the community is full of trash which makes the water unusable. The area where children play is also full of garbage. Entire families live in single rooms in close proximity to their neighbours.

By Mary Einbinder

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Measles-Rubella TV Spot

This TV spot is part of the communication effort supported by UNICEF to promote measles-rubella immunization campaign. The campaign is being implemented throughout Cambodia by the Ministry of Health's National Immunization Programmme from October to December 2013.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Employment opportunities for parents reduces the number of children at risk in Siem Reap

Ung Theany*, a 37-year-old mother of five, sits at her sewing machine meticulously stitching new zips onto large decorative wallets. The rhythmic thud of the machine needle punching through thick fabric, contrasts with the random squawking of chickens as they chase each other outside her small zinc and timber home.

Ung Theany carefully stiches a zip onto a wallet in her home.  Sangkat Slorkram, Siem Reap.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How is life for the 12 year-old Sok Heng in an urban poor community?

Hello, my name is Sok Heng, I’m 12 year-old and I live in Andong 3. I’m starting Grade Six in October at Kauk Roka Primary School and my dream is to become a writer.

I like to write in Khmer about everything which happens to me, my friends at school and my family. My favorite subjects in school is Khmer and Math and I like to go to classes, even though there aren’t textbooks for all the students and we have to share them between us.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Creating alternatives to residential care for children in Cambodia

Siem Reap, CAMBODIA, July 2013 Two month old Veha* was abandoned at birth at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap province, northern Cambodia. It was not the first time a child had been deserted there. Some parents see it as a ‘safe’ place to leave children anonymously when they cannot raise them for health, financial or family reasons.   

©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Rui Nomoto
Abandoned at birth, 2-month-old Veha* is now 
cared for by foster mother, Som Yai* (*names changed).   

Monday, August 26, 2013

Life as a Commune Focal Point for Women and Children

By Hun Sovadhanak

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia, July 2013 - On a dry, hot Monday morning in Kampong Thom province, central Cambodia, 62-year-old Va Kimleath meets with a group of women and their children under the shade of large tree in a remote village named Roka in Sangkat (commune) Srayov. As the commune committee focal point for women and children, Kimleath, is conducting one of her monthly discussions with vulnerable women. 

Kimleath adv
ocates for women and children’s issues in the commune’s 13 villages and contributes to the decision-making process on the commune council to improve basic living conditions and create awareness of vital social services including birth registration and preschool education. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A long way back home

Trafficked Cambodian children being reintegrated with their families

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, July 2013 - Sombath*, 21, from Battambang province, northwest Cambodia on the border with Thailand remembers growing up with his widowed mother, Sina*, and six older siblings in a household where they did not have enough to eat. His mother earned no more than a dollar a day growing flowers for sale. Sombath rarely went to school because he could not pay for school materials and fees. His brothers and sisters would travel to Thailand to work illegally and send money back home to support the family. 

Photo: © Komar Rikreay/2013
Sombath (right) practices his make-up skills 
with a client as his trainer (left) supervises.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

UNICEF and partners work to reunite families

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, July 2013 – Kunthea*, a friendly 9-year-old, spent close to two years of her life in residential care together with her older sister Raksa*, now 13. Kunthea was only 6 at the time, her sister was 10. Looking back on the experience she recalls, “I missed my mother, my brothers, my friends and my home so much. I cannot express the sadness I felt, but it hurt and I found it difficult to breathe. I felt home sick and cried a lot, especially at night. I sometimes had nightmares because of it”.

©UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Soyorn Choun
Kunthea* (name changed) on the left with her mother 
and sisters.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Growing up in Cambodia: Vet Bo aged 16

Vet Bo should be in Grade 10 at school with children of his age, however, he recently completed Grade 6 with 11-year-olds because he lacked the required transfer documents to prove his level of attainment at each school he attended during his family's frequent moves around Cambodia as they looked for work.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Growing up in Cambodia: Vet Bo aged 16

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 5 August 2013 - Vet Bo should be in Grade 10 at school with children of his age, however, he recently completed Grade 6 with 11-year-olds because he lacked the required transfer documents to prove his level of attainment at each school he attended during his family’s frequent moves around Cambodia as they looked for work.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Svay Rieng and the challenge to eliminate malnutrition

The little Saroeurn Kunthea looking at the leaflet,
which shows the villagers how to prepare nutritional food for their children.
© UNICEF Cambodia 2013/Pericles Carvalho

SVAY RIENG, Cambodia, 2 August 2013 - One of the most interesting things about being a journalist is being able to tell the world stories about places and people many would never otherwise know. For me, there’s a fascination in discovering new territories and finding people who are “off the global radar”. Located in the southeast of Cambodia, right on the border with Vietnam, Svay Rieng province is one of those places: one of the less developed regions of the country, dissected by a main road - National Highway No 1 - which connects Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

UNICEF and partners work to keep families together

Phalin (name changed), left, in pink vest, selling fruit at the bus station.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Molika Meas
 KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia, July 2013 – Phalin*, a humble but smiling 15-year-old, is selling mangos, pineapples and eggs after school at the bus station to earn a modest income to support herself and her great-grandmother.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

UNICEF supports Cambodian commune councils to provide birth certificates

Ms. Yam Seath with her three children at their house in Por Pi village, Prey Veng
©UNICEF Cambodia2013/Rin Ream
 PREY VENG, Cambodia, 15 May 2013 – Seven year old Srey Mao wants to become a doctor and her five year old brother, Sam Nang, wants to be a teacher. With their baby brother, Sranoh, they live with their mother, 37 year old Yam Seath, in a small bamboo house in Por Pi village, Done Keung commune, about 40 km from the provincial town of Prey Veng. They returned to the village after their father abandoned the family in 2012 following a failed relocation to another province. Though their mother cannot read or write she has big ambitions for her children.

Combatting malnutrition with hospital treatment and take-home therapeutic food

18-month-old Saroeurn Kunthea (in the arms of her grandmother Som Chanthy)
recovered from severe acute malnutrition following the full treatment regimen.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Pericles Carvalho
Combatting malnutrition with hospital treatment and take-home therapeutic food
Getting children back on track for healthy development

SVAY RIENG, Cambodia, 22 July 2013 – Eighteen-month-old Saroeurn Kunthea who lives in Trok village, south-east Cambodia is fortunate to be alive. At nine months of age, weighing only 4 kilograms, her grandmother, Puth Sopheap, sought urgent help at Svay Rieng Referral Hospital. “She was in very bad condition” says paediatric nurse Mrs. Som Chanthy who saw Kunthea when she was admitted. “She was lethargic, her eyes were sunken, she had a fever, a swollen abdomen and diarrhoea.” Measured, weighed and examined, Kunthea was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Like 76 per cent of children under the age of 2 in Cambodia, Kunthea’s condition was the result of an inadequate diet. Though her mother breastfed her before and after going to work at a garment factory in town, her only solid food each day was watery rice.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Making a difference in Cambodia as a community preschool teacher and peer mentor

In Angkor Chea village, community preschool teacher Mr. Son Lonh reads a story to a packed class of 22 pupils aged between 3 and 6.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Charmaine Gaa
In the village of Angkor Chea, 45 kilometers from the town of Prey Veng in south-eastern Cambodia, 22 children aged between 3 and 6 are sitting tightly on benches under a makeshift tent. All eyes are on the teacher’s picture-filled storybook. Storytelling or picture-reading is part of the daily routine at the community preschool (CPS). It is an activity which older children from the nearby primary school also stop by to enjoy.

Peer support in Cambodia helps HIV-infected teens transition to adulthood

At Takeo provincial hospital, nurse Ken Nim leads 16 young people (10 girls and six boys) through the agenda of their meeting of ‘Mondul Mith Chouy Mith’ (known as ‘mmm’).
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Shepherd-Johnson
Chantrea, Bopha, Vichet and Syha are four friends aged between 14 and 20 who live in Takeo province in southern Cambodia. They meet monthly to socialize and exchange news, discuss good nutrition and how to stay healthy. They are all HIV positive. On the last Thursday of every month they get together with other young people as part of the peer support group Mondul Mith Chouy Mith (friends helping friends), known as ‘mmm’.

The connection between malnutrition and HIV infection in Cambodia – UNICEF Cambodia

Making the connections and saving lives
The link between malnutrition and HIV infection in Cambodia
11-year-old Youen, cared for by his 80-year-old grandmother, was admitted to hospital in 2012 with severe acute malnutrition.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Shepherd-Johnson
In 2011, Cambodia introduced National Paediatric AIDS Care guidelines to incorporate HIV testing for all children hospitalized with severe acute malnutrition whose HIV status was unknown. Today in Kampong Speu province, 11-year-old Youen is alive and healthy thanks to the connection made between these two conditions.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fulfilling the demand for safe drinking water in rural arsenic-affected areas

Houg Socheat with his grandmother Houv Kim Chroeu.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid
Just 80 metres from the Tunle Touch River in Preak Changkran village, the continuous noise of running water can be heard coming from a bright blue building, positioned between a primary school and a pagoda in Prey Veng province.  This building, centrally located in the village, is the new solar-powered community water treatment and bottling system, that purifies water from the nearby Tunle Touch river, seals the safe drinking water into 10 and 20-litre bottles and distributes them to households and schools in Preak Changkran commune.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Providing vital support to women and children at the local level

Khun Phorn, commune women and children focal point for Ta Sda commune.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid

At the start of another busy day, 60 year-old Khun Phorn, women and children focal point for Ta Sda commune in Battambang province, north-western Cambodia, consults her year planner, to review her tasks and jot down a few reminder notes. The year planner is more than a diary. Produced and distributed annually by UNICEF and the Ministry of Interior, it contains invaluable information on civic registration, health, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene, child protection, emergency preparedness and education.  During her outreach sessions with residents in the commune Phorn uses her year planner to share knowledge on each of these issues and promote the benefits of social services including birth registration and pre-school education.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Providing education opportunities for preschoolers in rural Cambodia

Sim Samong David with his mother Sie Samol at Spantomnab Community preschool.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid
Sim Samong David is 4-years-old and has been attending Spantomnab Community Preschool in Bou commune, Battambang province, since it opened in October 2012. David’s mother, 39-year-old Sie Samol, who grows mushrooms for a living, is ecstatic that the building which used to be a ‘Sala Chor Teann’ (a venue for meetings in the community) is now the place where children can learn and develop.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Growing Up In Cambodia

9-year-old Sam Kim Visal from Stung Treng province aspires to be a doctor when he grows up.

Sam Kim Visal with his father Sam Sout in Stung Treng province.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid
“My name is Sam Kim Visal. I am 9 years old. I go to Anuwat Primary School. I study in Grade 3. I live with mother and father and brother. My brother’s name is Sith and he’s 5 years old. I look after him too. This is Reachea Nukol village. I have lived here all my life and I’m happy. I like to visit my neighbour, my best friend Po Leu. He’s 8 years old but he goes to a different school.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Growing Up In Cambodia

Srey Phea is 11-years-old and from the Tum Puon ethnic minority group. After school she works at the Boeng Yeak Lorm Lake, a tourist attraction in Ratanakiri province.
Srey Phea arranging the lifejackets at Boeng Yeak Loam Lake, Ratanakiri province.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid
“My name is Srey Phea. I’m 11 years old. I live in Phum Lun village, which is about thirty minutes’ walk from here [Boeng Yeak Loam Lake]. My house is very small and has a zinc roof. There is only one room. I live with my older sister Dorb who is about 30 years old and my cousin Pom who is 20 years old. We are from Tum Puon national (ethnic minority group). My parents don’t live with me. They live in La Kat village. If I walk [to my parents’ home] it takes one hour to get there. If I go by motorbike, it takes me thirty minutes to get there. My parents are farmers and they plant rice and other vegetables.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Children singing a song

At a UNICEF-supported community preschool in Svay Rieng province, southeast Cambodia, the teacher leads children aged 3 - 5 as they act out the words of a song. May 2013.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

15 year old adjusts to life after a landmine accident

15 year old Thnot has learned to live with a prosthetic limb.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Plong Chhaya
Fifteen year old Ny Thnot vividly remembers the day he lost a limb five years ago. It happened on a September morning in 2008 while he was out herding his family’s cows just 3 kilometres from his home in Battambang, northeast Cambodia. Having taken a moment to play with friends he noticed that two of the cows were grazing in an area with mine warning signs. “My teacher had taught me not to go where [there were] signs but I was afraid of losing the cows and being punished by my parents, so I took a risk to chase them hoping that it would not be a problem because the cows were okay. I went to run after them and then fell onto an anti-personnel mine. It immediately exploded.”

Growing up in Cambodia

Sreng Chantrea, aged 13, is from the Lao ethnic minority community and he also has a physical disability. He speaks fluent Khmer and Lao and speaks a little English.

Seng Chantrea at his home in Stung Treng village.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid
“My name is Sreng Chantrea and I am 13 years old. I live Samaki commune in Stung Treng province. My home is made of wood and it has a zinc roof. I live with my father, grandma and sister. My father is called Leav and he is a journalist. My mother sells cassava in the market but lives and works in Ratanakiri province. My eldest brother died when he was only nine months old. He had the same condition as me.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Creating an inclusive environment in the classroom for children with disabilities

Srey Ma (left) in her classroom at Hang Khoban Primary School.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
It is Tuesday morning at Hang Khoban Primary School in Samaki Commune, Stung Treng Province, north-eastern Cambodia where classes are in full session. The wooden school is small with three classrooms and seven teachers, but for its 77 students, it is a child-friendly environment that welcomes children from all walks of life, including those with disabilities.

Monday, May 20, 2013

New boats help ensure regular monitoring of remote schools in Cambodia

One of the boats to be used by District Education Officers to visit floating schools.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Nick Sells
It is baking hot in Boribor district, Kampong Chhnang province. On the Tonlé Sap Lake, the air smells of fish and petrol as the mid-day sun on the water creates an eye-dazzling reflection. The loud roar of boat engines is the sound of parents returning from fishing or going to market.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Monk Congress

As part of a global initiative, faith-based organizations in Cambodia recently came together to promote and protect the well-being of children. The Day of Prayer and Action for Children was organized by UNICEF, the Royal Government of Cambodia and the country's Buddhist Leadership.

Faith communities have long been indispensable partners in UNICEF's work to advance children's rights. Religious leaders in Cambodia -- Buddhist, Muslim and Christian - are highly respected in their communities. They play an important role as agents of social change and can help to protect vulnerable children and their families.

On the Day of Prayer and Action for Children religious leaders joined forces to promote and support family and community care for children and protect them from violence, exploitation and abuse, especially those most at risk.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Helping to make Cambodia's children strong, healthy and clever

Complementary feeding campaign promotes nutritious porridge for children 6 - 24 months.

In April 2012, UNICEF, with funding from Spain through the Millennium Development Goals Joint Programme and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia Ministry of Health, National Centre for Health Promotion (NCHP), the National Nutrition Programme, the World Health Organization, the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA), and Helen Keller International launched a communication campaign to promote complementary feeding in Cambodia to change the way caregivers feed their children in order to improve child nutrition.

Community preschools in Cambodia give children the right start in education

Muoy Kea’s grandmother combs her hair ready for school.
©UNICEF Cambodia/ 2013/Ouk
The parents of five-year-old Srin Muoy Kea are farmers with a meagre income, but they know the value of early childhood education and wanted to give their daughter the best chance to prepare for entry to primary school when she is six. So they sent her live with her grandparents three kilometres away in Chamkar Sleng village, Tang Kroch commune, where she attends the community preschool.

Child friendly schools help Cambodian children enjoy learning

National policy, training and monitoring increase primary school completion rates in rural Cambodia
Kim Houn (left) and Nap Sophea (right) are in grade 1 at school in a rural area
©UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Nelson Rodrigues
Six year old Kim Houn lives in Kantreang commune in a rural area some 30 km from the tourist hub in Siem Reap city. He is in grade one at the state-run Tropeang Thnuol primary school in Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province.

When asked his opinion of school Houn quickly answers, “I like it very much. Here I can play in the swings and I feel happy when I come to school…My favourite subject is Maths… and when I grow up I want to become a teacher.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

Growing up in Cambodia: Sok Khen aged 11

Sok Khen, aged 11, wants to complete grade 12 and become a Khmer language teacher.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Lisa Kim
My name is Sok Khen. I’m eleven years old and am in  grade 3. I live in the Prek Khsach village, in Kiri Sakor district. My house is only a couple minutes’ walk from school. My house is medium-sized. It is made out of wood and the roof is made of metal sheets.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Friends helping friends affected by HIV

Mondul Mith Chouy Mith helps to improve the quality of paediatric care.
Mrs Seang Kunthea (named changed) on the right, reads a story to a riveted audience.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Shepherd-Johnson
The exterior of Svay Rieng Provincial Hospital looks much like any other health facility in rural Cambodia. Enter the two storey sand coloured building and on some of its long narrow corridors there are patients lined up waiting to be seen, some holding IV bottles and others on gurneys. But step onto the second floor in the paediatric ward and you step into a different environment where illness is not apparent. Instead, there’s a large brightly coloured playroom with a mural on very wall featuring animals from around the world. A blue and red see-saw and bright yellow rocking horse signal that there’s fun to be had here. Lines of origami shapes in pink and yellow are draped from the ceiling and underneath, more than 30 children sit wide-eyed on a large blue mat riveted by a story being told by a volunteer.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Complementary food helps to make Cambodia’s children strong, healthy and clever

Complementary feeding campaign promotes nutritious porridge for children 6 – 24 months.
Vath Ngim (C), her neighbour Roeun Heourn (L), and her aunt Oum Kheng prepare ingredients.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Khoy
It is eight in the morning in Ponleak village, Kampong Thom (central Cambodia) and the sun is already high in the sky as a line of oxen amble down the dry dirt road past Vath Ngim’s house on stilts. She is chatting and laughing with her neighbour Roeun Heourn as they sit on a large wood-slatted bed in the shade beneath her home, chopping ingredients for their babies’ morning meal. Along with Ngim’s aunt, Oum Kheng, they are making Bobor Khab Krub Kroeung, a thick rice porridge made with vegetables and oil, and either meat, fish or eggs.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Boats hand-over ceremony

Fourteen boats were presented on Tuesday 26th of March for use by District Offices of Education in five Cambodian provinces as part of a programme to improve the monitoring of primary schools supported by the Capacity Development Partnership Fund. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UNICEF Germany Ambassador Eva Padberg visits Cambodia

UNICEF Germany Ambassador and students use the new handwashing facilities.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Bona Khoy
In March, fashion model, singer, actress and UNICEF Germany Ambassador, Eva Padberg, visited Cambodia to see UNICEF-supported activities in health, water, sanitation and hygiene. Ms. Padberg is supporting a campaign by UNICEF Germany to raise funds to provide safe water to children in Cambodia and five other countries.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The long march: children go to school

Pan In (centre) at home with her mother and siblings
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Andy Brown
Ten-year-old Pan In is attending school for the first time this year, following a local school enrolment campaign. She wears a clean white-and-blue uniform. “I walk to school every day with my brother,” she says. “It’s a long way and we don’t always get there on time, but my teacher is nice and she doesn’t blame me. I like learning literacy but not maths. Between classes, I water the flowers in the school yard.”

Sunday, March 3, 2013

School enrolment in Siem Reap

Soksan School recently took part in a campaign to encourage parents of out-of-school children to enrol them for the new school year. These are the stories of some of the children who are now attending school for the first time.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Motorbikes for District Education Offices

Since 2011, the Capacity Development Partnership Fund,  a joint fund from the European Union, Sweden and UNICEF worth just over US$ 14 million, has been supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to implement its key policies including the establishment of ‘child friendly schools,’ where children enjoy good quality teaching and learning in gender-sensitive, safe, learning environments with adequate water and sanitation facilities.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Assistance to most-deprived children in Cambodia

Kong Socheat and her grandmother.
©UNICEF/CBD2012/Seneh Siv
Kong Socheat lives in Khsach Pouy village, Voat Kor sangkat, about 30 minutes by motorbike from Battambang city, north western Cambodia.

Community preschool in rural Cambodia gives children a head-start in education

6 years old girl is ready for primary school as a result of attending a preschool.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Hun Sovadhanak
Parents in Prey Kuy commune have been singing the praises of the community preschool since it opened in 2011.

Mrs. Phath Soveun, a farmer, is pleased that, as a result of attendance at the community preschool her six-year-old daughter was well prepared to enter primary school.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Local heroes: commune councils fight poverty

Leak, 12, and his mother outside their new commune-built home
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Andy Brown
Twelve year old Kong Leak used to sleep with his mother and two brothers underneath other people’s houses. The family was homeless and didn’t have enough money for food and shelter. “It was a very difficult time for us,” his mother Soun Nai, 42, says with tears running down her face. “I couldn’t find enough food for the children and they got sick all the time. I couldn’t send them to school. It was a struggle just to survive.”

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vulnerable families helped by commune

The most vulnerable families in Tang Kroch village have received help from their local commune council through a ‘social services envelope’ scheme, supported by UNICEF thanks to generous contributions from Japan Committee for UNICEF and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bouncing back: children recover from the floods

Chantou, 13, is back at school following the worst floods in a decade
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Andy Brown
Thirteen-year old Loinh Chantou attends Preak Cham School in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. In September 2011, both her school and home were engulfed in the worst floods to strike Cambodia in a decade. Three-quarters of the country and over 1.2 million people were affected. Nearly 250 people died, mostly children who drowned in the flood waters.

School Based Sanitation Programme

In Cambodia, 20% of primary schools do not have toilets. UNICEF is working in partnership with the non-governmental organization, Borda, to provide new water and sanitation facilities in schools.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Prey Veng schools after the floods

Schools and children in Prey Veng Province are recovering from the worst floods to strike Cambodia in a decade. Three-quarters of the country and over 1.2 million people were affected by the 2011 disaster. Nearly 250 people died, mostly children who drowned in the flood waters.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Volunteer helps urban poor access health services

Two-year-old Cethra feeds himself with his mother in Svay Pak village
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
It’s lunch time in Svay Pak village,  an urban settlement in the capital Phnom Penh, and 22-month year-old Heig Cethra helps himself to a plate of Num Kanhchay (rice flour mixed with green vegetables) while watched proudly by  village health volunteer, Yei Sokly and his mother Pich Sivoeun.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Growing up in Cambodia: Reurn Srey Roth aged 13

Srey Roth at the Mat Warehouse where she works.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
Reurn Srey Roth attends primary school in Kandal province but works part-time at a local mat warehouse. Srey Roth wants to be a teacher and a doctor when she grows up.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Breastfeeding in Cambodia is the new ‘normal’

Boeung is breastfed by his mother (centre) at a Mother Support Group in Svay Rieng
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Cori Parks
Children in Cambodia are reaping the benefits of ten years’ successful promotion of breastfeeding. As a result of a multi-faceted strategy that addressed family and community practices, policies and the health system, the rate of exclusive breast-feeding rose from 11% in 2000 to 74% in 2010. An innovative and engaging media campaign, coupled with extensive health-worker training and the establishment of Mother Support Groups resulted in healthy children and a reduction in the infant mortality rate.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A mother learns about protecting women and newborns from tetanus

Samnang has learned more about eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Cori Parks
Inn Samnang, aged 45, knows all too well the choices for women delivering a baby in Cambodia; she’s made them all. At her home in Bavet Leu village, Chipsu district, Svay Rieng province (south east Cambodia), surrounded by her husband and four children, she recounts personal decisions that reflect a progressive improvement in practices to keep women and newborns safe in childbirth and the critical first few weeks after birth.