Tuesday, August 30, 2016

រឿងសេចក្តីស្រលាញ់លើសពីពិការភាព

ដោយ Patricia Chourio

To read this post in English, please click here.

អ្នកស្រី គឹម ជាម្តាយធម៌របស់សូរិយាជាងពីរឆ្នាំមកហើយ
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/ Patricia Chourio

នៅ​ម៉ោង​ប្រមាណ២រសៀល ម្តាយធម៌បានដាស់សូរិយា*​ ឲ្យ​ភ្ញាក់ពី​ដំណេក។ ដល់ពេល​ដែល​សូរិយា​ត្រូវ​ញ៉ាំ​ចំណី​ពេលរសៀលហើយ។ ដំបូង សូរិយា​មាន​អារម្មណ៍រញ៉ាំរញ៉ូវ ប៉ុន្តែ​ក្រោយបាន​ឮ​សំទ្បេង​ដ៏ស្រទន់​របស់​ម្តាយធម៌ សូរិយា​ចាប់ផ្តើម​ញញឹម និង​ញ៉ាំចំណីពីក្នុង​ដប​ដាក់អាហារសម្រាប់​ទារក​។ សូរិយា​ចូលចិត្ត​អាហារ​ណាស់ ជាពិសេស ឆាបន្លែ និង​ស៊ុបល្ពៅ។ បើទោះបីជា​មាន​អាយុទើប​តែ៣ឆ្នាំ​ក៏ដោយ សូរិយាធ្លាប់​ជួបប្រទះ​នឹង​ភាពលំបាកវេទនាហួស​ប្រមាណ​ក្នុង​ជីវិត។ សូរិយា​កើតមក​ដោយ​មាន​បញ្ហា​ពិការខួរក្បាល ហើយ​ដោយសារតែ​ឪពុកម្តាយ​របស់គាត់​ពុំ​មានទំនុកចិត្ត​ថា​ខ្លួន​មានសមត្ថភាព​មើលថែទាំ​គាត់បាន គាត់ត្រូវបាន​គេ​យកមកបោះបង់ចោល​នៅ​មន្ទីរពេទ្យ​កុមារ​អង្គរ តាំងតែពីពេល​គាត់​មាន​អាយុ​ប្រហែលជា៩ខែ​មកម្ល៉េះ។​

ដោយសារ​តែ​សភាព​ជំងឺ​របស់ខ្លួន សូរិយា​មិន​អាច​ដើរ និយាយ មើលឃើញ ឬ​ធ្វើ​សកម្មភាព ដូចក្មេង​ដែល​មាន​អាយុស្របាល​គាត់ផ្សេងទៀត​អាច​ធ្វើ​បាន​ឡើយ។ គាត់​ស្ថិត​ក្រោម​ការ​ថែទាំ​របស់​អ្នកស្រី គឹម សារ៉េត និង​ប្តី​របស់គាត់ ប្រហែល​​រយៈពេល២ឆ្នាំ​ហើយ។

Water and sanitation facilities help improve life in a remote village

By Patricia Chourio

Poy Commune located in Ou Chum District, Ratanakiri Province
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Patricia Chourio

Poy commune, Ratanakiri province: Can you imagine being chased by a wild pig on your way to use the bathroom? Or having to walk 30km to find clean water every time you were thirsty? It’s difficult to imagine, yet a few years ago this was part of the daily routine of the members of the Poy commune, located in Rattanakiri Province, home of the Kreung ethnic minority group.

In Cambodia, only 38.5% of the rural population have access to a toilet (CIPS 2013). People living in rural areas go through extreme measures to find a toilet. A few years ago the members of the Poy commune practiced open defecation. Parents were scared to send their children outside to use the bathroom because they were exposed to wild animals. Because they didn’t have access to clean water, children were often sick and they had no doctors available nearby. A visit to the doctor would take hours of walking and could be very costly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Handwashing facilities, latrines and clean water: A better study environment for children!

By Ashanti Bleich

Students at Tekhak Panh Nhor Primary School,
Phnom Penh, using their new handwashing facilities
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Ashanti Bleich
Tekhak Panh Nhor Primary School is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. During break time, all the students stream out of the classrooms. Many of them get a snack, to keep them going for the rest of the day. But before eating, they go and wash their hands at the new handwashing facilities supported by UNICEF and ESC-BORDA (Environmental Sanitation Cambodia - Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association) Cambodia, with funding from the Australian Committee for UNICEF. The students are very proud to demonstrate how they have learned to wash their hands: the six steps and the foam! The ‘six steps’ is a series of handwashing techniques which ensures that hands are thoroughly clean. The children know that the foam indicates they have used enough soap, and they know the key times for handwashing are before eating and after using the toilet.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

ត្រៀមអ្វីខ្លះហើយសម្រាប់ដំណើរទៅឧត្តមសិក្សា?

ដោយ​​ វ័ន្ត ច័ន្ទមករា

អត្ថបទប្លក់នេះត្រូវបានសរសេរឡើងជាផ្នែកនៃលក្ខខណ្ឌតម្រូវការងាររបស់កម្មសិក្សាជំនាញសរសេរប្លក់ក្នុងនៃកម្មវិធី​សំទ្បេងយុវជន។ ការបញ្ចេញមតិនៅទីនេះគឺជាការយល់ឃើញរបស់អ្នកសរសេរ និងមិនតំណាងឲ្យ ឬឆ្លុះបញ្ចាំងពីមតិ​របស់អង្គការយូនីសេហ្វឡើយ។

“អ្នកជានាយនាវាជីវិតអ្នក អ្នកអាចបញ្ជាវាបានទៅគ្រប់ទិសទីដើម្បីឆ្ពោះទៅ
រកគោលដៅរបស់អ្នកគ្មានទៅណាដែលអ្នកទៅមិនដល់នោះទេ"
អ្នកខ្លះនិយាយថាពេលប្រឡងទី១២ជាប់ ពួកគេនឹងមានសេរីភាព និងមានពេលសប្បាយរីករាយច្រើនជាងពេលនៅរៀនវិទ្យាល័យ ដោយសារតែពួកគេគិតថា គេនឹងលែងខ្វល់ខ្វាយជាមួយការធ្វើលំហាត់គណិតវិទ្យាទៀតហើយ លែងពិបាកទន្ទេញឆ្នាំនានាក្នុងប្រវត្តិវិទ្យាទៀតហើយ លែងពិបាកសូត្រឈ្មោះសារធាតុគីមីសរីរាង្គទៀតហើយ។ ចំណែកខ្លះវិញគិតថាពេលជិតចប់វិទ្យាល័យ គេនឹងឈានដល់ទំព័រថ្មីមួយទៀតនៃជីវិតដែលគេត្រូវរៀនដើរដោយខ្លួនឯង ពោលគឺការទទួលខុសត្រូវរាល់ការសម្រេចចិត្តរបស់ខ្លួន ជាពិសេសនោះគឺការសម្រេចចិត្តរៀនបន្តជំនាញនៅថ្នាក់ឧត្តម។

ខ្ញុំសង្កេតឃើញថាក្នុងការជ្រើសរើសជំនាញសិក្សានៅថ្នាក់ឧត្តម ទាំងយុវជនដែលដឹងថាខ្លួនចង់រៀនមុខវិជ្ជាអ្វីពិតប្រាកដ និង យុវជនដែលពុំដឹងថាខ្លួនចង់រៀនអ្វីមួយ គឺកំពុងជួបប្រទះក្នុងបញ្ហាជ្រើសរើសនេះដូចគ្នា។
កាលបើបុគ្គលដឹងថាខ្លួនមានគោលបំណងណាមួយសម្រាប់ថ្ងៃអនាគត នោះគេកំពុងតែមានកូនចិត្តដ៏ពុះកញ្រ្ជោលជាច្រើន ដើម្បីសម្រេចសេចក្តីប្រាថ្នារៀងៗខ្លួន។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញ ការសន្សំមហិច្ឆតានេះ នឹងពុំប្រព្រឹត្តដោយរលូនឡើយ បើពួកគេគ្មានគម្រោងការ និងការត្រួសត្រាយផ្លូវច្បាស់លាស់សម្រាប់ឈានឆ្ពោះរកគោលដៅ។ម្យ៉ាងទៀត កង្វះការលើកទឹកចិត្តដល់យុវជនចំពោះមុខជំនាញដែលពួកគេពេញចិត្ត នឹងបំបាក់ទឹកចិត្តពួកគេ រហូតពេលខ្លះអាចរុញច្រានពួកគេឈានដល់ការបោះបង់បំណងនោះចោលថែមទៀតផង។ ឧទាហរណ៍ជាក់ស្តែងដែលកើតចំពោះរូបខ្ញុំផ្ទាល់៖ កាលពីមុនខ្ញុំចង់ក្លាយជាវិស្វករបរិស្ថានម្នាក់ តែខ្ញុំមិនដឹងថាគួរចូលរៀនសាលាណាមួយ មិនដឹងថាសាលាទាមទារអ្វីខ្លះពីនិស្សិត មិនប្រាកដថាតើនឹងជួបឧបសគ្គអ្វីខ្លះពេលសិក្សា មិនច្បាស់ថាទៅរកការងារឯណា ហើយថែមទាំងគ្មានអ្នកជួយណែនាំ និងត្រូវបានអ្នកដទៃ (ពិសេសគឺគ្រួសារ) មិនបានឱ្យតម្លៃលើជំនាញនេះ។ ដូចនេះខ្ញុំក៏អស់សង្ឃឹមលើសេចក្តីប្រាថ្នា ហើយក៏សម្រេចចិត្តបោះបង់វាចោល។

Friday, August 19, 2016

Behind My Smile

By Rathana Puth

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Rathana Puth

A fond moment I remember from childhood was sitting on my mom’s laps in the front seat of my dad's car. We were so happy and at that time, I thought that I was the happiest kid in the world. But one night, everything changed. It was a night that has since colored my entire life.

My dad was sitting on the other side of my bed, his hands covering his face. My mom stood next to him, yelling and crying. I was so scared and I didn't know what to do. I hid myself under a blanket trying to avoid everything that was going on. I heard my mom scream and she said to me not to hide myself because she wouldn't take me with her anyway. She tried to pull me out but I wouldn't budge. I said to myself that I hated her - I did not want her to be my mom anymore. After a moment, my dad stopped her and they went out of my room. They kept arguing for hours but I couldn't hear much of the words. All I could hear was that my mom didn't want me and she said she’d made such a big mistake keeping me. I was only 9 years old back then, so I didn't really know what she meant. But I felt really hurt and I wanted her out of my life. That night I fell asleep on my own tears.

Littering Costs.

By Monineath Bunyay

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Ouch Nida/VOA Khmer

"WE are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to." -Terri Swearingen

(Okay. Scientists are checking out Mars and other planets beyond our Solar System, but we don’t have a substitute planet- just yet. Don’t get too excited.)

It’s heart breaking how trash is gradually taking over Cambodia. They’re everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I mean they meet your eyes in almost every direction you look. Plastic bottles, cans, and packages lie scattered and neglected on the streets and bodies of water. Piles of garbage sit at street corners, edges of markets, and even in the sewage. There’s no denying that littering is a serious problem in our country, and it’s time we start doing something about it.

SOCIAL ANXIETY 101

By Sreynet Chhem

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© ‘Scream’ by participant of Social Anxiety Ireland


Social anxiety is a nerve-wracking fear regarded as a non-existent sensation by the mass of people who do not bother to understand it. Misconceptions have been suggested, framing such anxiety as something "cute" to make fun of. Stereotypical questions have been asked time and time again. To be frank, I'm quite fed up of coming across these myths and questions. So, here are my responses and lessons about social anxiety.

"Are you like this at home?"
Socializing means walking beyond your home and mingling with people who are not your family and friends. As a living proof of social anxiety myself, I perceive this to be an irritating and spine-chilling scenario. Why would you "take it easy" conversing with someone you don’t know? What if this person somehow has bad intentions toward me? Does she keep staring at me because there's something on my nose? Living with anxiety, you don't get to choose to be comfortable and relaxed around anyone who's not your mom. Questions of discomfort keep popping up like redundant Google ads. You wish there's a button to turn off the anxiety, but the ugly truth of it is that anxiety is like riding in a car with a malfunctioning brake - you can’t stop it.

Cambodia’s decision in South China Sea dispute, to blame?

By Sophavatey Leak

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© South China Sea claims map by Voice of America

Just recently, on July 12, the International Court ruled that China’s claim to the large proportion of the South China Sea was invalid.

The South China Sea dispute has been going on for centuries. Six different countries – China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan – have all been competing claims over the territory and sovereignty of the ocean and a series of islands in the area. It is only in the recent decades that the issue has escalated.

Back in January 2013, the Philippines sought for international arbitration at the Hague tribunal under the help of UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to challenge its claim against China.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fostering a better future: Children at risk given safe haven with foster parents

By Buthdy Sem

Nita* plays with her favourite toys as her foster father Sorya looks on.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Buthdy Sem

A family goes about their daily business in a traditional Cambodian rural village. Like many of their neighbours, they have domestic chores to complete, schools to attend, money to be made. However, this family is different from many in the community. The children have been exposed to hardship, potential sexual exploitation and the threat of violence. Now, they live happy and safely because of the caring intervention of others.

Sona*, with one-year-old Nita* placed on her hip, walks down the stairs of her wooden house to welcome Ms. Saran, a social worker from Kumar Rikreay, a UNICEF-supported NGO.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A comfort zone away, a dream ready at bay

By Sreynet Chhem

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Sreynet Chhem

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr

Life for me is like a  bus ride, and the many challenges like potholes along the road. During the trip, we share seats or switch them. We come across  multiple faces and changes in views outside our windows. Sometimes, we need to swallow our fear and  push ourselves to ask someone  whether we can switch from the aisle seat to the window one in the hope to experience a brand new view. Stepping out of our comfort zone is a bold move to see a better version of yourself that you would be grateful for. Apparently, applying as a blogger for VoY feels a lot like asking a really intimidating person to switch seats.You’re reading about an honored VoY blogger, Sreynet - someone who’s been in her bubble for awhile. Someone who has been in her comfort zone. Someone who knows how living with social anxiety feels like.

Voices

By Rathana Puth

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Rathana Puth

Hello! My name is Rathana. I'm 17 years old. Since this is my first blog, I will tell you a bit about myself so you can get to know me before reading my next post.

I really like writing because it allows me to express myself by putting my thoughts and feelings down on paper. It is such an honor for me to be a part of the local Voices of Youth blogging internship. It is encouraging young people to learn about social issues and come up with solutions for them .

This year I'm a grade 12 student. I'm a friendly and outgoing person, and I love to read and make new friends. I also like to volunteer for social works to get more experience and help people in the community.

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«ខ្ញុំមិនដឹងថាត្រូវចាប់ផ្តើមពីណា ដើម្បីណែនាំខ្លួនខ្ញុំដល់អ្នកទាំងអស់គ្នាទេ ព្រោះថាការសរសេរនេះហាក់ដូចជាសរសេរអួតពីខ្លួន ឬក៏នែ៎ហែកកេរ្តិ៍ខ្លួន។ ខាងក្រោមខ្ញុំនឹងចាប់ផ្តើមពីប្រវត្តិរូបសង្ខេបយ៉ាងខ្លីបំផុត និងចុងក្រោយខ្ញុំនឹងបង្ហើបពីអាថ៌កំបាំងពីរបីរបស់ខ្ញុំប្រាប់ទាំងអស់គ្នា។ អ៊ីចឹង! សូមកុំទាន់អាលធុញ​​​​ទ្រាន់ ឬងោកងុយឡើយ!!»

ជម្រាបសួរមិត្តអ្នកអានទាំងអស់គ្នា!!

«វ័ន្ត» ក្នុងភាសាអង់គ្លេស មានសំនៀងដូច “one” (លេខ១) ហើយ«ច័ន្ទ»គឺជាថ្ងៃដែលគេស្អប់ជាងគេក្នុងចំណោមថ្ងៃទាំង៧ និង«មករា»ជាខែទីមួយ ដូចនេះឈ្មោះខ្ញុំគឺ វ័ន្ត ច័ន្ទមករា ដែលបានបង្កប់ទាំងថ្ងៃខែកំណើតខ្ញុំទៀត [ឡូយទេ?]។ អឺនែ៎...កុំចាញ់បោកខ្ញុំ... ហាហា សុំទោស! តាមពិតទៅខ្ញុំមិនមែនកើតចំថ្ងៃច័ន្ទ ទី១ ខែមករាល្អដូច្នេះទេ គឺចំថ្ងៃសៅរ៌ ទី១៨ ឯណោះវិញទេ។ ខ្ញុំកើតលើទឹកដីខេត្តកំពង់ឆ្នាំង ហើយបានផ្លាស់ទីលំនៅមកភ្នំពេញ៤ឆ្នាំប្លាយហើយ។ ឆ្នាំនេះខ្ញុំមានអាយុ ១៩ឆ្នាំ និងជានិស្សិតឆ្នាំទី២​ថ្នាក់បរិញ្ញាបត្រទន្តសាស្រ្ត នៃមហាវិទ្យាល័យទន្តវទនសាស្រ្ត របស់សកលវិទ្យាល័យវិទ្យាសាស្ត្រសុខាភិបាល [ជិតប្រឡងឆមាសទី២ទៀត មិនដឹងថារួចខ្លួនឡើងឆ្នាំទី៣ឬអត់ទេ!!]។

Getting Started

By Sophavatey Leak 

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Leak Sophavatey

Hi, hello...!

My name is Vatey. Nice to meet you all!

I am a bit shy when it comes to meeting new people -therefore, writing an introduction blog post gives me a slight feeling of anxiety.

Also, I am afraid that my first blog will just come out as plain boring because there is no compelling story happening in my life so far. Hence, I have been thinking the whole day of how to make the post more interesting?

I think and think but to no avail, so I might as well stop contemplating and just write it, and then see how things go.

A few facts about me…

Introducing a New VoY Blogging Intern!

By Monineath Bunyay

This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

© Monineath Bunyay

Greetings! My name is Monineath Bunyay, a 15-year-old mix of an extrovert and introvert high school student. I was born and raised in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. I live in a typical family of three children, in which I am the eldest and the only daughter of the bunch. Having two little brothers is great, but things could get a little too out-of-hand sometimes. It drives me crazy but, what can I do? I’m the oldest sibling after all. 

I’m pretty sure we all experienced the request to introduce ourselves when we, as youngsters, move to new schools even when it might seem all awkward; one of the details we never seem to forget to include is our favorite animal. Mine is a lion; they are just so majestic and at the same time, so strong and powerful. They simply make great cover photos, phone backgrounds, or just stand out perfectly at the back of an iphone case. On the other hand, if I were to be an animal, I wouldn’t want to be a lion because I’m not mentally strong enough to catch nor eat raw meat.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bridging the gap: Creating equal life and learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth

By Colin Rehel

Sinat addresses fellow students at 
Pannasastra University in Phnom Penh.
© Krousar Thmey
A pioneering educational programme is helping deaf and blind children to integrate into Cambodian society and lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Sinat, 27, who has been blind from birth, is one of the many success stories of the Krousar Thmey Foundation – an organization that provides learning opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Meaning “the new family” in Khmer, the NGO originated in refugee camps in Thailand in 1991 and it currently operates in 14 provinces and is “run by Cambodians for Cambodians”.

When she was young, Sinat lived in a pagoda and this restricted her education to informal teaching outside of a school environment.

Fortunately, she was taken in by Krousar Thmey and enrolled in the foundation’s school for deaf and blind children.

The school offers a daily half-day inclusive education starting from Grade Two for blind children and Grade Four for deaf children. During the other half of the day children attend a public school.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Community action helps prevent child deaths from pneumonia: Volunteers act as life-saving link between community members and health staff

By Ponlok Leng

Nak Rèth holds her baby, alongside her husband Eth Sok,
at their home in the village of
Sereimeanrith in Mondul Kiri Province.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Leng

Mondul Kiri Province, Cambodia, July 2016 – A village health support group is breaking down communication barriers and helping to save the lives of young children by spreading life-saving awareness about infections such as pneumonia.

One such beneficiary of this initiative is 24 year-old Rèth Nak, the mother of a four month-old daughter who recently contracted the illness.

Ms. Nak cannot read and write Khmer because she never attended school and therefore she finds it difficult to understand key health care messages written on banners posted in her community.