Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Community members lead the way to promote healthy practices

By Patricia Chourio

In Preah Vihear province, located in the north eastern part of Cambodia, a district leader, a community representative and a local entrepreneur have joined forces to raise the standards of living within their community. From building affordable toilets to creating awareness about hygienic practices, these three members of the Thmey commune are committed to improving the health of their neighbours, especially children.

Improving quality of life one toilet at a time


Mr. Chorn Vanna building a toilet pan
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Patricia Chourio

Mr. Chorn Vanna, 37 years old, is a local entrepreneur from Preah Vihear who is running a successful business building affordable toilets for his community.

He grew up watching his father doing construction work and learned to build septic tanks and toilets at an early age. People in his commune had no access to toilets and would practice open defecation regularly. That’s why in 2005 he decided to launch his business with the hopes of improving the quality of life of his commune members and his family.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Going back home: Reuniting children in residential care institutions with their families

By Phok Sophea

Social workers and Ms. Mich’s family
©UNICEF Cambodia/Sophea Phok

Ms. Soun Mich, 40, is a widow with three children: Dam Vandav, 16, and twins Dam Srey Pich and Dam Srey Pov, 10. Ms. Mich lives in Kor village, Krang Yav commune, Sa Ang district, Kandal province.

Some years ago, extreme poverty drove Ms. Mich to place her three children in the ‘Center Amitié Khmero Franco Hong Roise’, a residential care facility.

In 2006, Ms. Mich had no job, no way to generate income, no land for farming, no house, and an insurmountable debt of 2 million Riel (US$500). Her situation was made worse by continued domestic conflict with her husband, who later left her for a new woman. Ms. Mich had to bear responsibility for the family, and hoped that sending her three children to the orphanage would lighten her load.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A story of love beyond disability

By Patricia Chourio

Ms. Kim Sareth has been Sorya’s foster mom for almost two years
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Patricia Chourio


At around 2 P.M., Sorya* is woken from his nap by his foster mother; it’s time for his afternoon snack. He’s fuzzy at first, but once he hears his foster mother’s soothing voice he smiles, and starts feeding from his baby bottle. Sorya loves food, especially fried vegetables and pumpkin soup. Although only three years old, he has already experienced much hardship. Sorya was born with cerebral palsy and due to his parents’ lack of confidence in their capacity to care for him, he was abandoned at Angkor Hospital for Children when he was around nine months old.

Because of his condition, Sorya is unable to walk, speak, see or do the things other children his age can do. He has been under the care of Ms. Kim Sareth and her husband for about two years.

Monday, June 20, 2016

សេវាកម្មអាហារូបត្ថម្ភ៖ ជំនួយសុវត្ថិភាពសម្រាប់កុមារងាយរងគ្រោះក្នុងសហគមន៍ក្រីក្រក្នុងទីក្រុង

ដោយ អឺន យ៉ាំង ចុង និង ឌិន ដារ័ត្នតី

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ទិដ្ឋភាពភូមិ៥ ដែលជាសង្កាត់ក្រីក្រមួយក្នុងទីក្រុង នៅជិតប្រទ្បាយ
លូបឹងត្របែកដែលនាំសំណល់នានា និងទឹកកខ្វក់ចេញពីទីក្រុង
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Antione Raab

នៅម៉ោងមិនទាន់៩ព្រឹកផង នៅលើផ្លូវដ៏តូចមួយនៅពីមុខផ្ទះ កុមារប៊ុនលី អាយុប្រាំមួយឆ្នាំម្នាក់ មានសភាពមមាញឹករួចទៅហើយ។ នៅថ្ងៃធម្មតា គឺមានតែជីតាគាត់ អង្គុយជក់បារីលើបង់ឈើមួយនៅម្ខាងផ្លូវពីមុខផ្ទះ ក្នុងពេលដែលប្អូនប្រុសគាត់ដើរចុះឡើងក្បែរនោះ។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញ នៅថ្ងៃនេះ មានកុមារប្រមាណ២០នាក់ អាយុពី ៦ខែ ដល់៦ឆ្នាំ តម្រង់ជួររង់ចាំការពិនិត្យស្ថានភាពអាហារូបត្ថម្ភ ឬបើតាម អង្គការយូនីសេហ្វ ហៅថាការវាស់កម្ពស់ និងទម្ងន់កុមារ ដើម្បីកំណត់កុមារខ្វះអាហារូបត្ថម្ភក្នុងកម្រិតធ្ងន់ធ្ងរស្រួច (SAM)

នៅពីខាងមុខកន្លែងពិនិត្យកុមារ បុគ្គលិកមណ្ឌលសុខភាពម្នាក់កត់ត្រាព័ត៌មានពិស្តារអំពីកុមារម្នាក់ មុននឹងអនុញ្ញាតឲ្យពួកគេឈានឡើងលើជញ្ជីងមួយ និងបន្ទាប់មកវាស់កម្ពស់។ នៅពេលដែលការពិនិត្យនេះបានធ្វើរួចរាល់ហើយ កុមារម្នាក់ៗបានទទួលនំដែលមានរសជាតិឈ្ងុយឆ្ងាញ់មួយកញ្ចប់។ នៅពេលដែលកុមារខ្លះវិលត្រឡប់ទៅផ្ទះវិញជាមួយកញ្ចប់នំរបស់ខ្លួន កុមារជាច្រើននាក់ផ្សេងទៀត បានចូលមកឈរបន្តកន្ទុយគ្នា។

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ការថែទាំកុមារនៅតាមគ្រួសារ និងសហគមន៍៖ កិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងដើម្បីផ្តល់ក្តីស្រទ្បាញ់ដល់កុមារដែលងាយរងគ្រោះ

ដោយ អ៊ីម៉ាន ម៉ារូកា

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កុមារប៊ុនលី* ទើបភ្ញាក់ពីដេកថ្ងៃ។ គាត់​នៅ​ងងុយគេងនិងមួម៉ៅនៅឡើយ ប៉ុន្តែជាបណ្តើរៗគាត់ចាប់ផ្តើមធ្វើសកម្មភាពទម្លាប់របស់គាត់។ ម្តាយចិញ្ចឹមរបស់គាត់លុបលាងមុខឲ្យគាត់ លាបម្សៅកូនក្មេងខ្លះៗលើមុខនិងដងខ្លួនគាត់ ដើម្បី​ធ្វើឲ្យស្បែកគាត់រលោង និងស្លៀកពាក់ឲ្យគាត់។ បន្ទាប់មកពួកគេអង្គុយលើគ្រែមួយ​នៅ​​ត្រង់​មាត់​ច្រក​ចូល​ផ្ទះ និង​បើក​សៀវភៅមើលរូបគំនូរសត្វ។
ប៊ុនលី (ឈ្មោះប្តូរ) និងម្តាយចិញ្ចឹមរបស់គាត់អង្គុយនៅត្រង់​ច្រក​​ចូលផ្ទះរបស់
ពួកគាត់ ដោយសម្លឹកមើលរូបសត្វនៅក្នុងសៀវភៅ
 © UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Antoine Raab 

អ្នកស្រី ធាវី* ដែលជាម្តាយចិញ្ចឹមរបស់ប៊ុនលីបានសួរថា “ឯងប្រាប់ម៉ាក់បានទេ នេះជាអ្វី?”។ ប៊ុនលីឆ្លើយ “ឆ្មា”។ ធាវី សួរ​គាត់​បន្ថែម ដោយចង្អុលទៅរូបគំនូរមួយផ្សេងទៀត។ ប៊ុនលី បន្តឆ្លើយប្រាប់ឈ្មោះរូបសត្វនានាក្នុងសៀវភៅ “គោ! ត្រី!។

អ្នកស្រី ធាវី ពោលថា “គាត់រៀនបានច្រើន​ណាស់ គិត​ ​តាំងពីខ្ញុំបានចាប់ផ្តើមមើលថែគាត់តាំង​ពីកាល​មួយ​ឆ្នាំមកនេះ”។ គាត់ចេះច្រើនណាស់។ គាត់​អាច​ជម្រាបសួរមនុស្សម្នា អញ្ជើញភ្ញៀវញ៉ាំ​បាយ​ថ្ងៃ ឬបាយល្ងាចជាមួយយើងនិងអ្វីៗជា​ច្រើន​ទៀត។”

Safe drinking water provides healthier lives and incomes

 By Ashanti Bleich and Chanthea Chaing

The team running Souk Kong’s new water treatment plant
supported by UNICEF and 1001 Fontaines in Kampong Cham Province
© UNICEFCambodia/2015/Ashanti Bleich

Sour Kong commune is in a remote area of Kampong Cham Province. Until recently, its population of 11,193 relied solely on tube wells and the nearby Mekong River for fresh water. Using these sources put the health of its population at great risk: well water in this region is at high risk of arsenic contamination, while the river water, which is consumed untreated, is full of microbes, leading to diarrhoeal-related illnesses.

Through arsenic testing and educational activities, UNICEF and the Provincial Department of Rural Development engaged Sour Kong to understand the risks of its water practices, helping the Commune Council to realize the importance of generating and consuming safe water. The commune was then approached by the provincial department and local WASH NGO Teuk Saat 1001 to facilitate the installation of a new water treatment system that would bottle treated local water, part of AEON-funded UNICEF activities in this arsenic-risk area. Local officials, now aware of the benefits such a system could bring, contributed land for the plant and later recruited entrepreneurs and operators to run the system.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Building demand for community preschools among vulnerable families

By Sovadhanak Hun

Raising awareness on the value of early childhood education
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Sovadhanak Hun

“Please send your three- to five-year-old children and grandchildren to preschool!” La Phat, the focal point for women and children in Bour commune, enthusiastically told the group of parents and grandparents seated in the classroom. About 20 caregivers had gathered at the Anlong Krouch Primary School to learn about the importance of preschool, many accompanied by their children or grandchildren. They listened closely to La’s words, not only for themselves but also for neighbours and family members who could not attend that day as they were busy working in the nearby cassava fields.