Monday, December 12, 2016

Meet the face of UNICEF Cambodia: Early education intervention inspires goal to ‘change the world’

By Chansereypich Seng and Daniel Calderbank

Santepheap (child sitting second from the left) is pictured at a children and youth day event at his school
on 1 January 1988. The district chief (standing) was delivering his speech and the panel includes
the chief of the district office of education, the school director and a youth representative.
Photo provided by Santepheap Heng
 

Seventy years ago, UNICEF was founded to meet the desperate needs of children whose lives had been torn apart by World War II.

We started working in Cambodia in 1952 and established our first country office in 1973 at the height of the country’s civil war but had to cease operations in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge seized power.

After the fall of this regime in 1979, we returned to provide emergency assistance and address critical health, sanitation and aid distribution challenges.

Today, UNICEF Cambodia has a wider focus on the realization of children’s rights through cooperation with the government, NGOs, communities and development partners.

To celebrate our global 70th anniversary, we have compiled inspirational stories that focus on Cambodians who have been assisted by UNICEF to overcome personal hardship and become role models for others. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Vanek’s journey from poverty to empowerment

By Chansereypich Seng and Daniel Calderbank

Vanek is pictured (second from left) with his with family in 1988 in front of the Preynob
Pagoda in
Sihanoukville province. (Photo provided by Vanek Lem)

Seventy years ago, UNICEF was founded to meet the desperate needs of children whose lives had been torn apart by World War II.

UNICEF started working in Cambodia in 1952 and established its first country office in 1973 at the height of the country’s civil war but had to cease operations in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge seized power. 

After the fall of this regime in 1979, we returned to provide emergency assistance and address critical health, sanitation and aid distribution challenges. 

Today, UNICEF Cambodia has a wider focus on the realization of children’s rights through cooperation with the government, NGOs, communities and development partners. 

To celebrate our global 70th anniversary, we have compiled inspirational stories that focus on Cambodians who have been assisted by UNICEF to overcome personal hardship and become role models for others.  

UNICEF staff member’s incredible journey of spirit, survival and success

By Iman Morooka and Daniel Calderbank

Path Heang pictured at UNICEF country office premises in Phnom Penh 
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Chansereypich Seng

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 9 December 2016: Seventy years ago, UNICEF was founded to meet the desperate needs of children whose lives had been torn apart by World War II.

UNICEF started working in Cambodia in 1952 and established its first country office in 1973 at the height of the country’s civil war but had to cease operations in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge seized power.

After the fall of this regime in 1979, UNICEF returned to Cambodia to provide emergency assistance and address critical health, sanitation and aid distribution challenges.

Today, UNICEF Cambodia has a wider focus on the realization of children’s rights through cooperation with the government, NGOs, communities and development partners.

On the occasion of UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, we interviewed our colleague Path Heang, Chief of UNICEF Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Zone Office, to hear about his family’s incredible journey of survival, loss and resilience during the turmoil of the Cambodian civil war years and the aftermath of this conflict.