Jan 7, 2015

Hello from Cambodia and thank you again

Sok and Samnang are now going to public school
Sok and Samnang are now going to public school

Hello from Cambodia!

As we enter into a new year I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support in 2014 and the online donation you made to our project ‘Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth'.

I know that sometimes people wonder when they make a donation if it really does help. The simple answer is yes, it really does. Without your support M’Lop Tapang would not be able to reach out and help as many children as we do. Currently we are working with more than 4000 children and 1500 families in the local area.

Two of the children we work with are 13-year old Sok* and 14-year old Samnang* (*names changed for confidentiality). Both boys come from very poor families and did not have the chance to start school when they should have.

For the last three years they have been attending classes in the “Bridging Program” at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center. The program, with a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, helps children and youth who have never been to school (or have been out of school for a long time) catch up with their studies. The goal is one day students in the program will be reintegrated into the local public school system at a grade level suitable for their age.

We are very proud of both Sok and Samnang who recently passed exams testing their grade level, have left the “Bridging Program” at M’Lop Tapang and are both now in Grade 7 at a local public school. We know that because they are getting an education they will have a better future. The boys now join more than 1000 other Cambodian children and youth in our “Back to School” program which provides students with books, school uniforms, and social support.

Education activities like our “Bridging Program” and the “Back to School” program are just a couple of the ways that M’Lop Tapang works with children and families. If you are interested in learning more about what we do please check out our website that our team just updated with a new look. If there is something you think is missing from our new website just let me know and I’ll try to include it.

With sincere gratitude,

Eve Saosarin
Director,
M’Lop Tapang




More than 400 children in the "Bridging Program"
More than 400 children in the "Bridging Program"
Classes for even the smallest children
Classes for even the smallest children
"Mobile Library" goes to poor neighborhoods daily
"Mobile Library" goes to poor neighborhoods daily

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Nov 13, 2014

Hello from M'Lop Tapang in Cambodia

meeting new children on the streets
meeting new children on the streets

Hello,


The photo above is of our team working at nighttime on the streets here in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Even after dark when children should be safe at home we always meet some children who have no place to go home to, or who are out working on the streets trying to make money to support their families.


Our teams work hard to build up trusting relationships with these children and their families. Our aim is to help them get off the streets and back into school (or for older youth to help them get into a job-skills training program). In the last three months 57 new children that we had never worked with before started attending classes at our education center. In the same three months 36 new youth (all over the age of 15 years) have joined our vocational training programs.


One of the reasons we continue to be successful in helping disadvantaged children and youth is the variety of support services that the M’Lop Tapang teams can offer: counseling, education, health care, recreation. With your help we can also offer these children one of the most basic things they need – hot, nutritious meals


I just wanted to thank you again for the donation you made in the past to help support the food program here at M’Lop Tapang. It is because of generosity of people like you that we can help make sure more 500 Cambodia children and youth in our education and training programs have a hot lunch. With that they can concentrate on studying instead of empty stomachs.


With sincere gratitude,

one of M'Lop Tapang's classrooms
one of M'Lop Tapang's classrooms
learning computers
learning computers
lunchtime
lunchtime
helping to clean up after lunchtime
helping to clean up after lunchtime

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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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