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Oct 13, 2014

An Update and Thank You From M'Lop Tapang (Cambodia)

Sopheak: "I used to be one of those kids..."
Sopheak: "I used to be one of those kids..."

Hello from Cambodia!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for the donation you made to M’Lop Tapang and to share a story with you that one of my staff recently told us.  Her name is Sopheak and when she was 13 years old she used to go to the beach after school to sell bracelets to the tourists...

I used to be one of those kids on the beach.”

Every day, I saw many problems happened in the beach such as abuse, kids use glue, violence to the kids when they steal something from the tourist in the beach and also lots of children sleep and working at the beach.

One day I met M’Lop Tapang Child Protection team and they were explained me about child protection service, after they explain me very clearly about that they asked me to join Kid’s Beach Network group, so I was decided to join network.

After seven years of Kid’s Beach Network, the Child Protection team asked me to volunteer with their team because they know that I can work and provide training to the new members of the kid’s network.

Few months later, I became a child protection staff due to I work hard and like the children. The reason that I wanted to work in M’Lop Tapang organization because this organization is big organization in Sihanoukville and can change me to be a better life, so I think that this organization would be could change some of these children to be a better way as they can.

In the future, I hope there are no street children; no child abuse, violence and no children use glue or drug in Sihanoukville. I want to see all these children are safety and live with their family with full of happiness and have a good job the same as me.

Thank you very M’Lop Tapang for giving me a better life and without M’Lop Tapang my life will be very bad and will work at the beach forever.

Sopheak is 20 years old now. She finished high school in 2013 and in addition to working at M’Lop Tapang will soon start studying English Literature at university. We are all very proud of this young woman and she is a tremendous role model others.

I wanted to let you know how much we apppreciate the donation you gave to M’Lop Tapang so that we can continue to reach hundreds of Cambodian children who like Sopheak sometimes just need a little bit of help and support to turn their lives around and have a chance a brighter future.

In just the last 3 months
• 230 new children have joined education programs,
• 65 poor families have been helped with urgent house repairs
• 300+ children have participated in organized arts and sports program
• 19 older youth have got safe jobs after finishing vocational training program
• 57 children have been helped through our 24-Hour Confidential Hotline
• 500+ children received medical and dental care

From all the staff and children here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you! 

Yours truly,

Eve Saosarin

Outreach Team working night time meeting children
Outreach Team working night time meeting children
Fixing houses and roofs
Fixing houses and roofs
In the classroom
In the classroom
Mobile Library in nearby villages
Mobile Library in nearby villages
Providing fee medial and dental care
Providing fee medial and dental care

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Aug 26, 2014

thank you for helping Sinat get to school

Sinat writes her exams to enter public school
Sinat writes her exams to enter public school

13 year old Sinat*is going to be going to public school for the first time ever soon. Thank you for helping her to get there!

Sinat comes from a very poor family who could not afford to send her to study when she was younger. Her mother died and her father makes a meager living by working as a motorcycle taxi driver to support Sinat and her four siblings. They are among the millions of Cambodian families still living below the poverty line.

She had never even been inside a classroom until she met M’Lop Tapang four years ago. Since then she has been attending daily classes in the “Bridging Program” at M’Lop Tapang’s Main Center. The “Bridging Program” helps children who have been out of school for a long time (or have never been to school) catch up on their studies. The goal is to help them get back into local public schools, get an education and have a have a chance at a brighter future.

Just last month Sinat and other students wrote exams to test their grade level. Sinat passed her exams and will leave the program at M’Lop Tapang soon and be reintegrated into a local public schools at the Grade 7 level when the new semester starts.

One of the reasons Sinat was succeed in her studies was that she didn’t have to worry about being hungry. At M’Lop Tapang, Sinat and hundreds of other Cambodian children from poor families are provided with nutritious hot meals and healthy snacks while attending education or training programs.

On behalf of everyone here I wanted to thank you again for helping to make this possible when you donated to the “Hot Lunches for 500 Cambodian Children” campaign earlier. I know you will probably never have the chance to meet Sinat or the hundreds of other children you’ve helped but please know what you did made a big difference in their lives.


*name changed for confidentiality

 

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luchtime at M
luchtime at M'Lop Tapang
lunchtime at the main center for students
lunchtime at the main center for students
one of the "Bridging Program" classrooms
one of the "Bridging Program" classrooms
May 30, 2014

Thanks to you we have reached our goal and still have 6 days to go

Lunchtime at M
Lunchtime at M'Lop Tapang

Hello again from Cambodia.


I just wanted to write and say thank you again to everyone who has donated and supported M’Lop Tapang’s Gateway Challenge through GlobalGiving.

Our goal when we started was to get a least 50 people to donate a total of £2,000 (about $3,500). I am thrilled to let you know that because of you we have reached that target already and there are still six more days left in the challenge. We could not have done it without each one of you.

As of today we have raised £2,264 (about $3,800) and as we mentioned before all donations made to M’Lop Tapang online through GlobalGiving until June 5th will be matched by Firetree Asia (USA) that means that together we have actually raised more than $7500.

In case you missed it the first time, I am posting a short video again “Lunchtime in 34 seconds” that you can check out by clicking the link below. I hope it shows you just how much your donations means to us and how much it helps.

From all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for helping to provide hot lunches to hundreds of Cambodian children.

Have you ever seen a rice cooker this big before?
Have you ever seen a rice cooker this big before?
Hungry kids
Hungry kids

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