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.