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Mar 25, 2015

You're Helping Us to Change Lives

Helping families better provide for their children
Helping families better provide for their children

Hello from M'Lop Tapang,

I wanted to thank you again for your donations that are allowing us to help thousands of Cambodian children and families here in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

We all know that children grow up best in loving families, but sometimes even the best of parents need support. By supporting poor families, children are more often protected from violence and abuse, do not live on the street, or face the risk of being separated from their parents and placed in institutions.

Your donations have helped mothers like Sreyroth (name changed for confidentiality), a single parent with three small children aged 12, 10, and 5 years old.

Before Sreyroth used to work at a local garment factory. With no one else to look after her children while she went to work, Sreyroth's oldest daughter, who was not even a teenager yet, had to stay at home all day to look after the younger ones. Sreyroth is now one of the mothers in our Home Based Production program. The program helps poor families develop a steady, safe source of income generation. Mothers and fathers completing a sewing training program are provided with sewing machines to work with from their homes. The products they produce are sold in the Tapang’s Shops and other outlets.

Sreyroth now earns $60-80/month sewing products from her home where she can work flexible hours and is able to be with her youngest child. Her two oldest children are now in a classroom everyday studying at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center and getting a chance for a better future.

From everyone here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for your support and encouragement.

Helping children get an education
Helping children get an education
Meeting chidren on the streets
Meeting chidren on the streets
Hot meals
Hot meals

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Feb 4, 2015

An Update from M'Lop Tapang (Cambodia)

Hot lunches.  Not fancy but nutritious and filling
Hot lunches. Not fancy but nutritious and filling

Hello again from Sihanoukville, Cambodia!


You were so generous in making an online donation last year to our “Hot lunches for 500 Cambodian children and youth” campaign and I just wanted to send you a little update to say how much your gift meant to us.


If you are like me you hate reading a report with just a bunch of numbers and statistics but my team just told me about a few numbers that I thought you might find interesting. This is the amount of food M’Lop Tapang purchased in 2014 to provide hot meals for the children here at M’Lop Tapang:


• 17,250 kilograms of rice
• 13,828 kilograms of vegetables
• 5,200 kilograms of fruit
• 7,704 kilograms of protein (fish/meat)
• 12,584 eggs

That is lot of food (all purchased from local markets) and a lot of meals. We could never have done it without your donation. Thank you.


Hundreds of Cambodian children here benefitted directly from your donation. Children like 13-year old Thet (name changed to confidentiality) who moved to the city with his grandmother from the poor countryside in hopes of a better life. They struggled from day to day, working on the streets collecting tins cans and plastic bottles to earn enough to feed themselves. Our Child Protection team first met Thet after receiving a call from the local police. Thet had been arrested for stealing. The local police wanted to help the young boy and asked M’Lop Tapang for advice and assistance. We are very happy to report that Thet is now off the streets and studying at our Education Center. Each school day Thet joins hundreds of other children in having a hot lunch in our cafeteria. He is excited to be in school for the first time ever and tells us he wants to be a mechanic in the future when he grows up.


And I know that you won’t probably have the chance to see M’Lop Tapang so I posted a short video in the link below near the bottom of the page that we just made. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.

One of the neighborhoods we work in
One of the neighborhoods we work in
We believe education is the key to a better future
We believe education is the key to a better future
About half the children we work with are girls
About half the children we work with are girls
Hot lunches for Cambodia children
Hot lunches for Cambodia children
Lunchtime!
Lunchtime!

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Jan 12, 2015

hello from Cambodia and thank you again

A new bicycle for Sreylek and her family
A new bicycle for Sreylek and her family

Hello from Cambodia!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for the donation you made to 'Cycling for Bikes and Running for Shoes'.

With everyone’s support we raised over $3,000 USD online. And as we mentioned before we had someone here that is going to match all the donations, so the total amount raised is actually more than $6,000! Amazing! We couldn’t have done it without you.

One of the children already benefitting from your support is 13-year old Sreylek (name changed for confidentiality) who was given a brand new bicycle last week. Like all the children we work with, Srelek comes from a poor family.

Sreylek is in Grade 7 at a local public school. She is one of more than 1000 Cambodian children that are able to go to school with the help of M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program. Although public school is officially free for all Cambodian children, families are still required to pay for school uniforms, books and supplies. For many of the poorest families even these costs prevent them from sending their children for an education. The “Back to School” program helps with these costs.

Sreylek is very happy because she never had a bicycle before. “I used to have to walk all the time but now I can ride by bicycle and it will be faster. “

The new bicycle not only helps Sreylek, but will be a big help to her family as well. Her mother will use it sometimes to go to the market or to pick up supplies for her sewing. Srelek’s mother is with M’Lop Tapang’s “Home Based Production Program”. The program helps poor families develop a steady, safe source of income generation. Parents completing a sewing training program are provided with sewing machines to work with from their homes. The products they produce are sold in the Tapang's Shops. Having a steady income allows these parents, mostly mothers, to better provide for their families.

Again, from all of us here, thank you for joining in and helping us to assist the disadvantaged children, youth, and families in the area.

Have a wonderful 2015!

You helped so we can give out 50 more bicycles
You helped so we can give out 50 more bicycles
One of the neighborhoods our team work in
One of the neighborhoods our team work in
Another area we work in helping families
Another area we work in helping families
Helping children get an education
Helping children get an education

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