New Mobile Library for Street Children in Cambodia

 
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May 9, 2012

M'Lop Tapang buys new Mobile Library!!

Mobile Library at one of many locations it visits
Mobile Library at one of many locations it visits

With your support M'Lop Tapang in Cambodia has now bought a new Mobile Library, reaching out to hundreds of children who, because of poverty, the need to work, or where they live, cannot access government schools. Thank you so much!!

The Mobile Library travels every day to areas where it does not have a physical presence but there is a high concentration of children in need.  The Mobile Library often represents the first point of contact with children in need, and allows M'Lop Tapang to reach those who live outside of town or who have to work during the day as well as ensuring a constant presence in each of the communities in it works.

Find out more about M'Lop Tapang here: http://mloptapang.org/

One of the dedicated Mobile Library teachers
One of the dedicated Mobile Library teachers
Class in progress
Class in progress
Children reading books in the Mobile Library
Children reading books in the Mobile Library
The Library comes packed with games and toys!
The Library comes packed with games and toys!
One of the Library
One of the Library's social workers
Mar 1, 2012

Update from M'Lop Tapang

Last month M’Lop Tapang reached 207 children through its Mobile Library, as well as:

•    Providing education classes at the Main Centre to 223 children
•    Supporting 936 children in local government public schools
•    Providing 248 children and youth with organized sports and arts activities
•    Successfully reintegrating 6 children back to their families
•    Providing counselling to 31 children
•    Referring 19 new children from the streets into M’Lop Tapang programmes
•    Supporting 90 youths in vocational training programmes
•    Treated 873 children and 129 adults in the Medical Clinic

Helping to reunite a lost child with her parents…
More than 80 calls were made to M’Lop’s 24-Hour Confidential Hotline over the last month. Thanks to one of those calls and the cooperation of local authorities one scared little girl found her way back home safely. 

It was a frightening start to the New Year for one little four-year girl when she wandered away from her house and became lost.  The police found her near the factory district and called M’Lop’s Hotline to see if they could help.  Unable to locate the family immediately the little girl stayed in M’Lop’s Girl’s Night Shelter for one night.  The next day, after talking with people in the area, the Child Protection team was able to finally track down the girl’s mother who was happy and relieved to have her daughter back home safe and sound.

Drop-in Center
Drug use by children and youth on the streets of Sihanoukville is common as they look for means to numb the pain and hunger and deal with the hardships associated with street life.  M'Lop Tapang's Drop-in Center is a drug free environment that offers access to hot nutritious meals, shower facilities, sports and counselling for drug-using street youth.

On average approximately 30 youth access the Drop-in Center.  Many of the boys in the past have gone on to join one of M'Lop Tapang's vocational training programmes offering them a chance at a more stable and brighter future.

Street Carnival 2012
Each year M’Lop Tapang organizes a 3-day street carnival with hundreds of children participating and an audience of thousands.

Using music, dancing and colourful costumes the carnival includes daytime parades through the streets of Sihanoukville and night-time concerts.  Each year the carnival highlights specific issues affecting Cambodian children.  This year's Carnival was held from February 23-25, 2012, focusing on road safety and HIV.

Dec 7, 2011

Mobile library reaching thousands of children

The mobile library team with a family
The mobile library team with a family

Srey Leak, 11 years old, lives near the port in the bustling town of Sihanoukville.  Her parents make their living from selling fish and Srey often used to help them.  She recently dropped out of school to help earn some money for her family.

M’Lop Tapang’s mobile library team met her two years ago when they provided weekly education sessions on a fishing platform in a remote part of the fishing village.  M’Lop’s social workers assessed her needs and immediately found out she was not attending school.  They also found out that she had an ear problem and her parents could not afford to send her to a doctor.

The social worker referred her to the M’Lop Tapang clinic were staff treated her with antibiotics for an ear infection.  M’Lop’s Back-to-school team met her and her family and helped her return to school.  M’Lop met her teachers and director of the school and over time managed to help her reach the appropriate grade.  Srey was provided with school uniforms, shoes, school bags and learning materials, as well as M’Lop’s education team monitoring her attendance daily.  She is now in Grade 3.

She loves drawing and playing sport, and when she grows up she would like to be a nurse and help improve the healthcare situation in her community.

M’Lop’s mobile library is an excellent referral point for thousands of children in the Sihanoukville area, processing daily referrals of children back into education and training and for medical services, which are also available to their carers.

Sep 26, 2011

M'Lop Update!

The mobile library team in the community
The mobile library team in the community

The Tapang tree, also known as the ‘umbrella’ tree, provides shelter from the elements.  M’Lop means shade or protection in the Khmer language.

M'Lop Tapang was created in 2003 with the aim of giving street children access to the learning tools, resources, and opportunities they needed to build a better future. It offers regular meals, shelter, medical care, education, counseling, and protection from all types of abuse.  Additionally, M'Lop Tapang works to increase awareness in the community about issues affecting street children.

Today M'Lop Tapang works with over 3,000 street living and working young people and 900 families at nine centres in the Sihanoukville area.  It works closely with schools, the police and local authorities to help make the community a safer place for all children.

As we are still endeavoring to raise the money required to buy a new mobile library, here are a few statistics about M'Lop Tapang's work from the last month:

  • 263 children attended education classes at M'Lop's main centre
  • 1,371 children were treated in the medical clinic
  • 557 children and youth in the community received drug awareness information
  • 189 children participated in organized sports activities
  • 48 children and youth slept safely in M'Lop's two night shelters
  • 70 youth participated in M'Lops vocational training programmes
  • 2 houses were repaired for poor families
  • 16 new beach sellers were trained as ChildSafe members bringing the total community members trained to over 500
  • 69 calls were made to M'Lop's 24-hour Confidential Hotline

For more info, please visit: http://www.mloptapang.org

Jun 22, 2011

M'Lop Tapang Update

Girl smiling
Girl smiling

The Tapang tree, also known as the ‘umbrella’ tree, provides shelter from the elements.  M’Lop means shade or protection in the Khmer language.

M'Lop Tapang was created in 2003 with the aim of giving street children access to the learning tools, resources, and opportunities they needed to build a better future. It offers regular meals, shelter, medical care, education, counseling, and protection from all types of abuse.  Additionally, M'Lop Tapang works to increase awareness in the community about issues affecting street children.

Today M'Lop Tapang works with over 2,500 street living and working young people and their families at nine centres in the Sihanoukville area.  It works closely with schools, the police and local authorities to help make the community a safer place for all children.

As we are still endeavoring to raise the money required to buy a new mobile library, here are a few statistics about M'Lop Tapang's work from the last month:

  • 2,033 children attended educational activities
  • 51 children slept safely in M'Lop Tapang's two Night Shelters
  • 1,137 children were treated in the Medical Clinic
  • 65 youth participated in vocational training programmes
  • 70 calls were made to the 24-Hour Confidential Hotline
  • 44 community members were certified in ChildSafe training
  • 425 youths participated in drug awareness training
  • 14 children were reintegrated back into their families

For more info, please visit: http://www.mloptapang.org


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