Friday, December 22, 2017

Hope and Opportunity: A Journey from Residential Care to Community Based Service

By Luka D’Amato


Reminding students to keep hope, "Hope School" is painted in colors
on the side of one classroom.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Luka D'Amato

Break Bonggong, Kandal Province, December 2017 – It is a normal day in Kandal Province. Yet, excitement emanates from Hope School’s campus. The community based care centre is modest, but the heart and care poured into it brings it to life.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A social worker inspired to solve injustice against children

By Luka D'Amato

Heng Samnang sits, laughing with one child
she helped reunite with her mother.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Luka D'Amato

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 2017 – Growing up, Heng Samnang loved crime movies. They inspired her to study psychology and then to become a social worker. For Samnang, her work ‘solving crime’ means helping disadvantaged children thrive and keeping them safe from harm.

Friday, December 1, 2017

A brave young girl living with HIV overcomes hardship

By Navy Kieng

Eleven year-old *Chivit goes to a local stream to collect water.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Navy Kieng


December 2017:  *Samnang Chivit is an eleven-year-old girl living with HIV.

She resides with her mother and her siblings. Her father is alive but has left the family and they do not know where he is.

Times are hard. The family do not own their own land or house and they are constantly on the move in order to find work to survive.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Throw Back Thursday – Looking Through The Archives

By Luka D'Amato

The cover image is a diagram used to determine 
light requirements for different classroom setups. 
The schematic was part of the construction manual 
created by the then Ministry of National Education, 
with technical support from UNESCO Bangkok and UNICEF, 
and was used in constructing new classrooms. 
© UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Luka D'Amato

Today is Throwback Thursday, which means it is time to look into our archives for something special. UNICEF has a long history in Cambodia, and we want to share with you some of the things we have accomplished in the past. After digging through our records, we found UNICEF’s first annual report in Cambodia, published in 1974, as well as some photographs from throughout the years. Take a minute to read about what the UNICEF office did in its first year in Cambodia!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Back to School—Hope for a Brilliant Next Generation

By Luka D’Amato

The new school year has begun. It might be intimidating for some students, but also exciting. School is an important part of our lives and futures. It makes us work hard, but it also opens our eyes the world around us, expanding our potential and opening us to new opportunities and perspectives.

©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Anna Nordenrot

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fostering safe and successful reintegration of children in residential care in Cambodia through training key stakeholders

By Buthdy Sem

A child’s physical, intellectual and emotional development
is better nurtured in a family environment.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/
Giacomo Pirozzi

Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 2017 – In order to accelerate implementation of a regional strategy to improve child care in Siem Reap province, with the target of safely returning 30 per cent of children in residential care institutions back to their families by 2018, key personnel in the province have been recently trained with support from UNICEF.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Immunizations for every child’s healthy future

By Chansereypich Seng
 


A smiley child after getting vaccinated against measles and rubella.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Chansereypich Seng
Steung Treng, Cambodia, November 2017: Located about 30 kilometres from Steung Treng city, Sre Russey village is home to many farmers and villagers. Down the dirt path, about two kilometres, an immunization campaign poster appears before one’s eyes.

In the shade, underneath large trees, a local house serves as a village meeting point for vaccinations. It has been a busy morning since 7:15 AM. As soon as the health centre staff arrived, they started setting up the table and preparing the necessary documents and vaccines. There is no need to announce through microphones because villagers are already present at the site.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Helping a child grow: How cash transfers are helping children reach their full potential

By Maria Svensson

Yam Sok and her family have benefitted from the cash transfer.
From left: Nan San, 4, Nan Somnang, 10 months, mother Yam Sok and Nan Vanni, 8.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Maria Svensson

Siem Reap, 5 November 2017:  Yam Sok and her family live in a small village in Meanchey Commune, a 30-minute drive from Siem Reap provincial town. Their home is traditional rural Khmer style, with wooden floors and walls made from palm leaves. Three out of her four children surround Yam Sok on the little porch as the UNICEF team arrives at the house.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A teacher’s quest to leave no child behind: How inclusive education enables all children to flourish

By Lenka Tavodova

Ms. Huot in front of her class.  ©DRIC/2017/Lenka Tavodova

Battambang Province, November 2017: Ms. Chheut Huot comes from Phnom Ray village, located in rural Battambang. It is one of the most remote communities in Cambodia and home to 159 indigenous families. Most of these families rely on crops like beans, rice and cassava to earn income which supports their livelihood.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Simple measures, big difference for children with disabilities in Cambodia: Ty’s story

By Lenka Tavodova

Ty reading her favorite book.  ©DRIC/2017/Kristina Seris

Battambang Province, Cambodia, October 2017: It is a humid afternoon in O’Choam, a small village in Battambang Province. Members of the Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) – a joint programme between UNICEF, UNDP and WHO - are on a field mission. Our group shelters under a small roof to shield ourselves from the rain, which is where we meet Khoeun Ty. Between shy giggles and proud smiles, 12-year-old Ty reads us her favorite story: 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The secret to successfully running and maintaining community pre-schools

By Monique Rao

Class activity in a community pre-school in Sokang Commune, Kang Meas District,
Kampong Cham Province to promote early childhood education.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Giacomo Pirozzi

Kratie Province, Cambodia, October 2017 – Opening community-based preschools in areas where there are no such facilities – either state-run or private – has been a central part of providing access to early childhood education for children in Cambodia.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Preschool champions promote early education for all children

By Monique Rao


Children sing songs during class at Community Pre-school (CPS)
Multi-lingual in Kouk Poy village, Laok Commune,
O Chum District, Ratanakiri Province.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Charles Fox

Kratie Province, Cambodia, October 2017 – Teachers, school directors and community members are mobilizing support to influence more parents to enrol their children in community preschools (CPS) so they can get a head start on learning opportunities.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The power of positivity: Positive discipline improves rural Cambodian schools

By Shruti Gogia and Theavy Leng


Son Sambath, school director of Wat Cheng Primary School, 
poses for a photo with a bevy of children from grades 2 to 5; 
© UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Shruti Gogia

Battambang, Cambodia, July 2017: It’s July in Battambang Province, the height of the rainy season in Cambodia. In this fertile northwestern region, the rice fields have turned a vast sea of vibrant green, rippling as far as the eye can see. Narrow dirt roads run along the paddies, providing access to small rural villages like Wat Cheng. About 350 families live here, working primarily in the surrounding fields. Their children attend Wat Cheng Primary School, which sits at the heart of the village down a road lined with the students’ humble, thatched roof homes and tall palm trees.

Friday, September 29, 2017

5 steps to responsible volunteering

By Luka D’Amato


Children are being helped by a social worker to study their text books. The children used to live in residential care institutions (orphanages) but now live with a foster family in Battambang province who are providing them with loving care and support, through a community-based alternative care initiative. The family is supported by NGO social worker through regular visits.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Antoine Raab

Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity to help others and gain experience. Yet, many are unaware that some forms of volunteering, especially in the form of voluntourism, can negatively impact children and families. In the context of vulnerable children, this issue is even greater. To help you make a positive impact for communities through volunteering, here’s a list of ways to ensure that you are volunteering responsibly.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The untold story of children left behind by migrant parents

By Frederick Howard


Bunloeum and Phanet eat at home with their grandmother Souy.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Bona Khoy

Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, September 2017 – It’s an overcast morning in this north-western province, with the sky consumed by a dark grey cloud.

Pradak School is located in rural Siem Reap. Its facilities are basic; with one classroom being no more than an open-sided barn containing desks and a whiteboard. The surrounding land has no playground for the children and the site lacks suitable toilet facilities and running water.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Impact of migration on children left behind by parents

By Frederick Howard


Four-year-old Bopha and her six-year-old brother Sopheak
 walk to school in Siem Reap province.©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Bona Khoy

Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, September 2017 – Mok Pen commune is located in rural Siem Reap, where the resorts and attractions of the provincial capital are replaced by rice fields.

It is home to a family whose lives have been dramatically changed by migration. Four-year-old Bopha and her six-year-old brother Sopheak play on the land surrounding their traditional Khmer home – a small, wooden building, consisting of an open kitchen and a living space that doubles up as a bedroom.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

From a troubled past to a beautician-in-training

By Mith Samlanh

Davin during a beautician training session
©Mith Samlanh/2017 

Phnom Penh, September 2017 — Davin* is a 22-year-old young woman training to be a beautician at Mith Samlanh, a UNICEF partner. Growing up in a notorious drug-infested slum in Phnom Penh, she lived with her parents and two sisters in a one-room, wooden shack with a metal roof. Her mother sold second-hand clothes at a nearby market, and her father worked in construction. Together, they earned approximately 15,000 Riel – 20,000 Riel (US$4 – US$5) a day, just enough to send their children to school and cope with their daily expenses.

Monday, September 11, 2017

How high quality evaluations are helping to improve the lives of school children in Cambodia

By Monique Rao


©UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Isabelle Lesser


Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 2017: In June this year, the UNICEF Office of Evaluation at Head Quarters in New York announced the organization’s 15 Best Evaluations of 2016. Out of 101 evaluations completed globally, UNICEF Cambodia’s Evaluation on Child-Friendly School Policy was selected as one of the top 15 across the entire organization. This recognition shows UNICEF Cambodia’s commitment to transparency, accountability and improvement, and illustrates how the outcomes of high quality evaluations can positively impact the lives of children here and around the world.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Not just numbers: Better data helps ease school drop-out in Cambodia

By Shruti Gogia and Sovannarem Ngoy

Eight-year-old Chanle finishes his Grade 1 classwork at
Sre Krasaing Primary School, Stung Treng; 
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Sovannarem Ngoy


Stung Treng, Cambodia, September 2017: At a primary school located in a village in the remote northern province of Stung Treng, a group of Grade 1 students recites poems about morality and ethics. It’s part of their daily routine at Sre Krasaing Primary School, where the student body numbers 290 children, including 138 girls.

Chanle Hua, a shy eight year old, reads a piece about respecting elders and keeping the surroundings clean. His school exudes a welcoming appearance, with rows of small plants potted in recycled bottles and flyers, charts and drawings made by students covering the building’s walls.

Friday, September 1, 2017

ការដាក់វិន័យបែបវិជ្ជមាន នាំមកនូវការផ្លាស់ប្តូរនៅតាមសាលារៀននៅកម្ពុជា

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ដោយ Miho Yoshikawa 

© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Fani Llaurado
កុមារី នុយ វិសិទ្ធ រង្សី អង្គុយនៅតុរបស់នាងក្នុងសាលាបឋមសិក្សាវត្តស្ទឹង ក្នុងខេត្តកំពត


  ខេត្តកំពត ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ - ក្នុងវ័យ៩ឆ្នាំ កុមារី នុយ វិសិទ្ធរង្សី គឺជាឧទាហរណ៍ដ៏ល្អបំផុត អំពីកុមាររីករាយ ដែលចម្រើនពេញវ័យនៅក្នុងភូមិករដ៏សែនស្រស់បំព្រង។ រង្សី រស់នៅក្នុងភូមិតូចមួយគឺភូមិឈើទាល ក្នុងខេត្តកំពត ដែលហ៊ុំព័ទ្ធដោយវាលស្រែស្រស់បំព្រង សម្បូរដើមដូង និងមានភ្នំរដិបរដុបជាច្រើន។

Friday, August 25, 2017

How parents support groups are changing the lives of children with disabilities

By Lenka Tavodova

Nary, her brother and her parents ©DRIC/2017/Lenka Tavodova


It's a beautiful, sunny morning in Preak Chrey village, a remote community in Cambodia’s rural Lvea Em District. In a traditional house on the outskirts of the village we meet Ms. Phal Samphous. Ms. Phal’s 8-year-old daughter Nary is delayed in her development. “I realized that my daughter was different when she was two. She still wasn't able to walk. She struggles to understand the world around her and forgets things easily. She can’t read nor write,” Ms. Phal says.

Nary is a very happy girl with the brightest of smiles and endless energy. She loves to bike, go for walks and going to school. Every school morning she rises early, full of expectations of what she will get to do in class that day.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Opening the door wider on juvenile justice reform

By Vanna Lim

Ms. CHHENG Vanna, in her office with a copy of the Law on Juvenile Justice on her desk©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Vanna Lim 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, August 2017: The new Juvenile Justice Law (JJL) that UNICEF and other partners helped the government to draft is having a favourable impact on the way child offenders are treated in Cambodia, with the aim to replace incarceration with restorative justice.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sun powers healthier lives

By Ponlok Leng

Chanthev and her family are pictured at their home in
 Taveng village in Ratanakiri province.
©UNICEF Cambodia/ 2017/Ponlok Leng

Ratanakiri province, Cambodia, August 2017 – A solar power scheme is bringing light into the lives of marginalized people dependent on a remote health centre for their health care.

Taveng Health Centre is situated 45km from Ratanakiri province’s capital of Banlung and to reach it many have to undertake an arduous motorcycle ride that can take up to two hours in one of Cambodia’s least developed provinces with limited transport infrastructure.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Disability, not inability: One organization’s efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities

By Frederick Howard

Students looking into a classroom at one of Hands of Hope's two partner schools
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Frederick Howard

Kandal province, Cambodia, July 2017: In Cambodia, it is often the case that children with disabilities are hidden by their families, in the belief that they are to be ashamed of. Some children are even chained, or locked up, as parents don’t know how to deal with their children’s conditions or disabilities.  Children with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable and forgotten in Cambodian society: excluded from education and other aspects of life.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Community pre-schools offer a pathway to learning for marginalized children

By Mariko Yamaguchi

Students play with their teacher Vim Heak at Chhreak village community pre-school.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Mariko Yamaguchi

Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, June 2017 – Children living in remote, sparsely populated, rural villages have long been denied their basic right to an education and a chance to better their lives.

Long travelling distances to provincial schools; a lack of support for the creation of schools in areas with a small population base; and a lack of qualified teachers are all reasons children in marginalized communities across Cambodia fall through the education net.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Boosting the power of community members to help one-another

By Mariko Yamaguchi

Joint monitoring between Commune Office and UNICEF Community Development team
is conducted by Vany Kong, UNICEF officer and Ms. Tran Mik,
CCWC focal point in Cha Ung Commune.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Mariko Yamaguchi 

Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, June 2017 – A grassroots approach is putting more power into the hands of community workers to help them improve the lives of marginalized and impoverished families.

Friday, June 30, 2017

A ‘nimbler’ approach to tackling Cambodia’s salt iodization concerns

By Sam Oeurn Un and Arnaud Laillou


Teng and his son with their new package and testing their daily production;
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Laillou

Kampong Speu and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 2017 – The consequences of nutritional iodine deficiency are well known in Cambodia. Adequate iodine intake during pregnancy, lactation and early childhood is critical for optimal brain development of the foetus and of children aged 6 months to 2 years old. Failure to do so can lead to intellectual disability and goitres. Though Cambodia achieved universal salt iodization in 2010, the situation has regressed to an alarming degree.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The long journey toward health: Improving the lives of vulnerable children

By Khiev Pharin and Arnaud Laillou

Vutha and his neighbours; ©UNICEF Cambodia/2017Pharin Khiev

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 2017: Eng Vutha is a three-year-old boy who lives in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Due to a physical disability, Vutha spends much of his day on the floor of a simple wooden house his parents rent in a slum community in Russey Keo district. He shares the home with his four siblings and mother, Nhem Sophea, 32, a housewife, and father, Om Phala, 31, a motorbike taxi driver. The family income is about 3,000 to 5,000 Cambodian riels or about US$1 per day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Small cash transfers lead to big changes for children and their families

By Som Sophorn

Malen and her mother show the growth monitoring report from the health centre, which they now regularly visit for growth monitoring; ©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Som Sophorn

Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 2017: Malen is a spirited young girl who lives in Chambak village, a small collection of thatched roof homes located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province. She turns 5 this October. Malen lives with her 11-year-old brother and her parents. Her father, So Chreng, is a construction worker. With an impaired left hand, he is limited to certain types of work and manages to bring home only 200,000 Cambodian riels (US$49) per month. Malen’s mother, Soun Mao, looks after the children and earns a little extra through irregular small jobs such as peeling garlic for a local business.

Friday, June 23, 2017

សួនបន្លែជួយជំរុញការរៀនសូត្ររបស់សិស្សដោយជោគជ័យ

ដោយ ហេង ហាក់

លោក ទូច ជ្រាង ប្រធានភូមិនិងជាប្រធានគណៈកម្មការទ្រទ្រង់សាលា ណែនាំសិស្សានុសិស្សពីការដាំដុះ​បន្លែនៅសា​លាប​ឋមសិក្សា​ចាង​រ៉ាក្នុងខេត្តរតនគិរី។©UNICEF/2017/Lim Sokchanlina

ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧, រតនគិរី ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា៖ គំនិតផ្តួចផ្តើមជំរុញទឹកចិត្តជាច្រើន ដូចជាការផ្តល់ម្ហូបអាហារធ្វើពីបន្លែយកពីសួនបសរីរាង្គធម្មជាតិរបស់សាលា និងការផ្តល់បរិក្ខារអនាម័យថ្មី កំពុងជួយបង្កើនអត្រាចុះឈ្មោះចូលរៀនរបស់សិស្សានុសិស្សជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចនៅខេត្តរតនគិរីនៃភូមិភាគឦសាន។

School plants seeds of learning success with new vegetable garden

By Hak Heng

Village chief and head of the SSC Mr. Touch Chreang advises students
on crop cultivation at Chongra Primary School in Ratanakiri province.
©UNICEF/2017/Lim Sokchanlina

June 2017, Ratnakiri Cambodia: Inspired initiatives such as meals sourced from the school’s organic vegetable garden and new sanitation facilities are helping to raise the enrolment rate of indigenous students at a school in north eastern Ratanakiri province.

Touch Chreang – Chongra village chief and head of the School Support Committee (SSC) at Chongra Primary School – said the improvements had been achieved because of proactive intervention activities implemented by the SSC.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Towards ending violent discipline in Cambodian schools: Teacher training helps create a safer and encouraging learning environment for students

By Hanna Persson and Theavy Leng

Grade 6 students relate their experiences of positive discipline.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Theavy Leng

Battambang, Cambodia, June 2017 – It is early morning and the start of a new school day for students at Panha Primary School in the north-western region of Cambodia.

Excited students walk in to their classrooms with a noticeable spring in their step and many exude an air of confidence.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

អាហារូបករណ៍ជួយសិស្សក្រីក្រឲ្យនៅបន្តរៀនបាន

ដោយ ហេង ហាក់

បន្ទាប់ពីទទួលបានអាហារូបករណ៍នៅឆ្នាំ២០១៥ ស្រីម៉ៅ(រូបស្តាំ)
បានចូលរៀនដោយមានសម្ភារសិ​ក្សា​គ្រប់​គ្រាន់​។
UNICEF/2017/Sokchanlina Lim

ខែមិថុនា ភ្នំពេញ ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា៖ អស់រយៈពេលជិត៤ឆ្នាំមកហើយដែលប្អូនស្រី ភន ស្រីម៉ៅ គ្មានឯកសណ្ឋានសមរម្យស្លៀកពាក់ និងសម្ភារសិក្សាគ្រប់គ្រាន់ប្រើប្រាស់ទ្បើយ។
ស្ថានភាពហរិញ្ញវត្ថុគ្រួសារនាងហ៊ុមព័ទ្ធដោយបំណុល ដោយឪពុកម្តាយនាងបានខ្ចីគេយកមកឲ្យនាងបានទៅរៀន។

Financial scholarship helps poor students stay in school

By Hak Heng 

After receiving a scholarship in 2015, 12 year-old Sreymao (right)
now attends school, equipped with all the study materials she needs. 
©UNICEF/2017/Sokchanlina Lim

June PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: For nearly four years, Phorn Sreymao did not have a proper school uniform or adequate school supplies.

Her family’s financial situation was compounded by the fact her parents were already in debt from covering school expenses.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Positive discipline makes a difference at school in Cambodia

By Miho Yoshikawa 

©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Fani Llaurado
Nuy Visith Ranksey is pictured at her desk
at Wat Stung Primary School in Kampot province.

Kampot, Cambodia, December 2016 – Nine-year-old Nuy Visith Ranksey is the perfect example of a contented child growing up in an idyllic setting. Nuy lives in the tiny village of Chheuteal in Kampot province. The locality boasts a stunning vista of lush paddy fields, abundant coconut trees and rugged mountains.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Multilingual education helps children in north east Cambodia to learn at school

By Noémi de Verneuil

Te Chumlong school, Chirt Borei district
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Noemi de Verneuil

Kratie Province, Cambodia, May 2017: By the time his first lesson begins at 7am, Grade 3 student Nelkea has already fetched water and chopped wood at home, had breakfast, walked to school and cleaned the classroom.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Things you need to know about the new guide to supporting child victims of sexual abuse and violence

By Frederick Howard


Miho Yoshikawa speaking at the official launch of the Clinical Handbook on Health Care for Children Subjected to Violence and Sexual Abuse
©UNFPA Cambodia/2017/Sophanara Pen


The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that; children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physical or mentally. In Cambodia this is not always the case: 1 in 2 children have experienced severe beating; 1 in 4 children have experienced emotional abuse; and 1 in 20 girls and boys under the age of 18 have been sexually abused. There are obvious short term impacts of abuse such as physical injury and emotional trauma, however in the long term we see abuse linked to the development of learning difficulties and tendencies to participate in high-risk activities and behaviour.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Building dreams and renewing hope, family by family

By Chansereypich Seng

Sovann reading her book at home.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Chansereypich Seng 

Phnom Penh, May 2017 — It’s hard to believe that until recently 15-year-old Sovann* was considered a poor student. “I love going to school and my favourite subject is Khmer literature,” she states proudly. Smart and hard-working, Sovann is now one of the best students in her 7th grade class. But as recently as last school year, her grades didn’t reflect this.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Overcoming the odds to stay in school

By Patricia Chourio

17-year-old Mor Taly in her favourite place, Koh Dong High School’s library;
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/ Chourio

May, 2017, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia: Shy, quiet and a little awkward, at first glance Mor Taly looks like a typical teenager. The slender 17 year old wears a white button-down and dark blue skirt, the standard Cambodian school uniform, as she leafs through books at Koh Dong High School’s library, where she attends eighth grade.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Digital innovation to improve child-friendliness of schools in Cambodia

By Stina Heikkila and Daniel Calderbank

District training and monitoring team (DTMT) member 
uses the table to collect data in the classroom for 
the child-friendly school assessment checklist. ©Open Institute

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 2017: Strengthening the role of school inspectors through the introduction of a new monitoring technology is aiming to help with the delivery of a better learning environment in schools across Cambodia.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Immunization on the move: Improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged children in Cambodia

By Meas Bunly


Mothers are encouraged by Village Health Volunteer Sokly Ye (standing)
 to take advantage of free vaccines offered by a mobile outreach team in March 2017; 
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Fani Llaurado   

“Bring your child for free vaccines tomorrow!” Sokly Ye, a robust 44-year-old woman, called out to passers-by as she slowly drove her motorbike down a narrow dirt road lined with small, ramshackle homes.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ចិញ្ចឹមជាកូនធម៌ ដើម្បីអនាគតប្រសើរ៖ កុមារងាយរងគ្រោះទទួលបានជម្រកសុវត្ថិភាពជាមួយឪពុកម្តាយធម៌

ដោយ Buthdy Sem


កុមារីនីតា* កំពុងលេង​ប្រដាប់​លេង​ដែល​នាង​ចូលចិត្តជាមួយ​ឳពុកធម៌​របស់នាង​ឈ្មោះសូរិយា 
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Buthdy Sem

គ្រួសារមួយកំពុងធ្វើការងារចិញ្ចឹមជីវិតដូចធម្មតានៅក្នុងភូមិជនបទបែបប្រពៃណីមួយនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា។ ដូចគ្នានឹងអ្នកជិតខាងដែរ ពួកគាត់មានការងារផ្ទះ មានកូនត្រូវទៅរៀន និងត្រូវរកលុយផ្គត់ផ្គង់គ្រួសារ។ ប៉ុន្តែ គ្រួសារនេះគឺខុសពីគ្រួសារជាច្រើនទៀតនៅក្នុងសហគមន៍។ កុមារក្នុងគ្រួសារនេះ គឺជាកុមារដែលធ្លាប់ទទួលរងទុក្ខលំបាក ធ្លាប់រងការកេងប្រវ័ញ្ចផ្លូវភេទ និងការគំរាមកំហែងហិង្សា។ តែពេលនេះពួកគេកំពុងរស់នៅដោយរីករាយនិងមានសុវត្ថិភាព ក្រោមការថែទាំដោយយកចិត្តទុកដាក់របស់អ្នកដទៃដែលមិនជាប់សាច់ញាតិជាមួយពួកគេ។

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Landmine survivor returns to school

By Chhaya Plong 

Ms Bun Khim Heng, Pailin provincial social work focal point, teaches Phoung
how to bandage his stump in preparation for his first prosthesis in November 2016.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Chhaya Plong

Phnom Koy village, Pailin province, Cambodia, December 2016: Pailin province borders Thailand in the east of Cambodia. It is one of the post-conflict provinces heavily contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) left over from the civil war that raged from 1979 to 1992. The Cambodian Mine and ERW Victim Information System of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority recorded a total of 64,000 casualties between 1979 and 2016. Pailin accounts for 25 per cent of the total casualties, and one in every five of those are children.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The water children drink: regular testing to improve water quality

By Chanthea Chaing and Sam Treglown

Team leaders learn to use the tools they will need to test water quality
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Sam Treglown

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, March 2017: As part of an on-going multi-year household study, UNICEF has been supporting the use of an innovative water quality testing system in Cambodia, to measure the presence of faecal material in drinking water given to children in their homes. The aim is to provide data that can be used to improve water quality in the future, and reduce the risk of exposure to viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can be harmful to health.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Improved health in the pipeline as tap water becomes available

By Dek Vimean Pheakdey

Mr. Seng Bunlam, 37, stands outside his home in Kampong Chamlong Village, in Kandal Province
©Cambodian Water Supply Association/2016/Dek Vimean Pheakdey  

Poor and marginalized communities in Cambodia are benefitting from a piped water connection project that is providing safe water in areas affected by arsenic contamination.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great leadership builds community spirit – with positive hygiene outcomes for everyone

By Chanthea Chaing 


School director Sim Mech talks about how to manage the school
and have a healthy, friendly environment
© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Chanthea Chaing

Prey Veng province, Cambodia, December 2016: Preah Reach Meanchey is a rural primary school located on pagoda land in Baphnom district, Prey Veng province. With 318 students, including 152 girls and 29 preschool students, as well as seven teachers, it’s a busy place. Even though it is in a rural area, the facilities, especially water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities have been functioning well since they were provided with support from AEON and the Japan Committee for UNICEF (JCU) in 2003.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Girls not brides – ending child marriage in Cambodia

By CHAN Kanha and REAM Rin


Romas is pictured with her baby son Seiha.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Ream Rin

Ratanakiri, Cambodia, March 2017 – In a small house in a traditional rural Cambodian village, a teenage girl carries a tiny baby and smiles at the UNICEF team that has come to visit her family.

All seems content in this typical home where 15 year-old Romas Linda lives with her parents and two younger twin sisters. The family resides in a village in Ratanakiri province, located in the north-eastern part of Cambodia.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Women as a socially defined term

By Dara Sovan

Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.


A woman is like a sheet, so white and so pure, until it is painted with colors that it changes shapes.
©Pixabay/2016/Fotocitizen

In the past, the term ‘woman’ was used as synonyms for ‘submissiveness’ and ‘inferiority’. People tended to associate this term with enfeeblement, just so to condone the glorification of male dominance in the society.

March 8th: Women Too

By Monineath Bunyay

Views expressed here are those of the author's and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

©J.Howard Miller

As a young woman and a fellow citizen of this loving world, International Women’s day plays a huge role in my life and I am sure it goes the same for all women as well. Living in a country where sexist stereotypes was once oh-so-common, I have heard stories of how women were not allowed to this or that because we were seen as inferior to men. We were kept from going to school, because “housework is solely women’s job.” We weren’t allowed to get into law or medical school because the jobs that would result from the studies are “men's job.” I am sure glad to be in the 21st century, where those stereotypes are not so common anymore, as we have proven that capability is, too, within our reach. Of course we can cook good food, but we can also be amazing lawyers or martial artists. Women now serve as presidents, big business owners, military generals; all this to break the glass ceiling of historical stereotypes.