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Jul 13, 2015

update on your donation supporting M'Lop Tapang

m'lop tapang's Baby Care Program
m'lop tapang's Baby Care Program

Hello from Cambodia!

I just wanted to thank you again for your donation in the past to help provide hot lunches for the disadvantaged children and youth that M’Lop Tapang works with. Because of your generosity hundreds of children that attend education and training programs here are getting the support they need to work towards having a better future.

Your gifts has also helped us to be able to provide nutritious meals to some of the youngest children we work with – those little ones in our Baby Care Program. The program provides day care for children that have been diagnosed with malnutrition or severe neglect. The infants and toddlers in the program receive supervised care, healthy food, hygiene and medical care.

One of the most recent children to join our Baby Care Program is little Champa*.

Champa is a 9-month old baby who was admitted in our Baby Care Program a couple of months ago with a diagnosis of severe malnutrition. She is the youngest of three children (all girls) living with a single parent mother in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Sihanoukville. Champa’s mother loves her children but is struggling with addiction problems, has no proper job, and lacks any social support. Since the children’s father left, Champa’s oldest sister dropped out of school to take care of the youngest siblings at home.

We met Champa when our doctors and nurses visited her village during one of the Medical Outreach trips. During the assessment we learned that because the family did not know better, little Champa had been raised on sugar water only and never received any nutritious food.

Under the care from our Baby Care Program staff and medical staff, in less than 20 days Champa had gained 1.4kg! We can see each week that she looks healthier and happier than when she was admitted to the program.

The Outreach staff and Medical Team continue to work with the mom to improve her parenting skills. We are also very happy to report that because Champa is in the Baby Care Program everyday now that her older sister has been able to return to school.

From all of us here at M'Lop Tapang, thank you again for joing us in helping to improve the lives of hundreds of children here in Cambodia.

*name and photo changed for confidentiality

Simple, but healthy meals.
Simple, but healthy meals.
Having a meal with a friend.
Having a meal with a friend.
Lunchtime.
Lunchtime.

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Jun 11, 2015

Becasue of you Buntha is getting an education

More than 1,000 children helped to go to school
More than 1,000 children helped to go to school

Hello again from Cambodia.

I can’t believe it is June already and almost half the year is over already! The time sure does go by fast, doesn’t it? Before any more time goes by I just wanted to write and say thank again you for supporting M’Lop Tapang through the donation you made in the past. Because of people like you we continue to be able to help disadvantaged Cambodian girls and boys here; children like Buntha*.

Buntha was a just a small boy when he moved with parents and seven sibling from a neighboring province to Sihanoukville several years ago. Like many poor rural families, they moved here hoping for a better life. When they first arrived here the entire family worked on the streets collecting plastic bottles and tins cans to recycle. Their situation improved slightly when his father started earning an income as a motorcycle taxi driver and Buntha was able to start going to school.

A while ago, our Outreach Team social worker was surprised to see Buntha working on the streets again. Buntha told us that he really wanted to go to keep going to school but his family could not afford it. 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.

After our Outreach and Education teams met with Buntha’s family it was decided that he would benefit from being in M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program. The programs helps families in sending their children to school by providing all the necessary school supplies, as well as regular follow up by our social workers. The program is currently helping 1,050 Cambodian boys and girls to stay in school.

Buntha, now 14 years old, is doing great in school. He is in Grade 5 and just last month scored in the top 10% in his class. After he gets home after school he helps his mother and father with housework and every night spends time teaching his younger brothers and sister. In the future he wants to be a policeman when he grows up.

From Buntha and all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you very much.

*name and photo changed for confidentiality

Providing books, bags, uniforms, and shoes,
Providing books, bags, uniforms, and shoes,
Many families leave the countryside for the city
Many families leave the countryside for the city
Many can't afford to send their children to school
Many can't afford to send their children to school
Apr 24, 2015

an update on your donation to hot lunches

Children in classroom
Children in classroom

Hello from Cambodia.


I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you again for your donations that help M’Lop Tapang to continue to provide hot lunches for disadvantaged Cambodia children and youth. With your support hundreds of children that are attending education and training programs here don’t have to worry about hungry stomachs and can concentrate on paying attention in the classroom instead.


One of the children that your donations have helped is “Vannak” (name and photo changed for confidentiality)

In 2012 our Outreach Team met 10-year old Vannak who was out in the streets scavenging for plastic bottles, beer cans, and other recyclables. Vannak, like all the children M’Lop Tapang works with, came from a family living in poverty. His alcoholic father and unemployed mother would send Vannak and his siblings out onto the streets to collect trash in order to support the family. Even at just 10 years old Vannak had begun using drugs (sniffing glue) to try and cope with the hardships in his life.


Jumping ahead three years to 2015, Vannak’s life is very different. He has been off the streets for a couple of years and has stopped using drugs. He is now 13 years old and attending Grade 3 classes at our Education Center every day (his teachers tell us he is a very keen student), making new friends, and is getting the support and encouragement he needs. Each day he has lunch with at our cafeteria with his school chums.
From all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for your past donations and investing in the futures of these children.


All the best,

Eve Saosarin, Director

Lunchtime at M'Lop Tapang
Lunchtime at M'Lop Tapang
Hot lunches. Not fancy, but healthy and filling
Hot lunches. Not fancy, but healthy and filling
 
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