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 ClinicHelping 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 CenterDrug 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 2012Each 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.
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