Feb 8, 2021

New Year, New Normal, New Hope

Some Good News

We’re so happy about the progress that has been made in the worldwide Covid-19 situation. Though, we realize that we are “not out of the woods yet” and that the virus is still making life very difficult for many, the development of vaccines and the decreased strain on the health care systems that many are reporting offer a glimmer of hope. We hope that the availability of effective vaccines to all people in all parts of the world happens as efficiently as possible so that you all can begin to have some relief, wherever this finds you. As for us here in Cambodia, the situation has remained pretty stable with regard to virus transmission. Though the economic impacts have been severe, the projections are not quite as dire as they had been previously. It appears that recovery is happening, though there is still a long way to go. Even before Covid-19 hit, many Cambodian families lived only one crisis away from being able to sustain their livelihood, creating great vulnerability for their children. So, whether or not Covid-19 remains a threat, Children In Families will continue our work in strengthening families and improving their resilience.

Another bit of good news – last report we mentioned that we had a challenge in finding a stable source of medication for a child with cystic fibrosis. We are happy to report that we are now able to get it on a regular basis from a local pharmacy once again!

 

Continuing in the “New Normal”

Despite the stability of the Covid-19 situation in Cambodia, efforts remain strong to keep it that way with many people continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing as much as possible. The ABLE staff members are conscientious in their observance of these protective measures. Of course, frequent hand washing is also a must, but ABLE Project staff strive to do that at all times when providing therapy services. The ABLE team has resumed pretty much a pre-Covid schedule while making these necessary accommodations. Over the past three months they have provided over 400 face-to-face visits, most of them at the families’ homes, but also providing some visits in hospitals, health clinics, or schools, depending on the needs of the children and their families. While providing therapy is one of our primary activities, advocacy is also important, whether it involves helping a child with disabilities to be included in public school or ensuring that children with disabilities get the medical care they need and that their families understand clearly about their health status and medical care. Through CIF’s advocacy and support, one child with partial paralysis in her legs has just started school this year and she couldn’t be more excited!

Once again, we want to thank all of you for your support of the work of the ABLE Project. Your giving allows essential services to continue for these vulnerable children and their families.

Jan 20, 2021

Helping Children Grow up in Loving Families Report

Hello everyone, 

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January Report for Children in Families' Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families' project.

Since the last update, Covid cases have risen and dropped here in Cambodia. Currently, we are in a good place with the number of cases. Schools, religious gatherings, and cinemas have reopened with safety precautions in place. This means that our work can be relatively normal again which is reassuring and refreshing for our staff and our families. 

In this update, we would like to share some exciting news from our HEAL team. The HEAL team recently conducted meetings and trainings to local leaders in 3 different districts on the benefits of family based care and the long term negative impact of children living in RCI or orphanages. The team will do more trainings to these same leaders to be advocates in their communities. In addition to these trainings, the team also conducted trainings on child rights to church leaders in 2 different provinces. Another exciting agreement happened with our HEAL team and key persons of 4 different districts. These leaders signed cooperation agreements to protect children from any abuses and from family separation. All good things as we begin 2021!

It is a busy time of year. With reflecting on 2020, we want to thank all of you for the support last year in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. We are looking forward to this next year and we are starting this year strong. The main question we are asking ourselves as we enter 2021 is: How can we continue to care for our children and families safely and effectively?

Thank you for your continued support of the work of CIF. We couldn’t do it without all of you. 

All the best, 

The CIF Team

Dec 28, 2020

Report: Educate/Learn about Ethical Volunteering

Hi, and welcome to the January Report for the Help Educate/Learn about Ethical Volunteering project.

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We hope 2021 brings a fresh start for many people around the world and brings hope for what's to come. 

This is our first report for the Rok Kern GlobalGiving campaign! We are anticipating the launch of the Rok Kern Academy very soon. We will update everyone when it is launched,  so stay tuned! We are passionate about volunteering well and we are proud to advocate with your support. 

Thanks again for all of your support, much to look forward to in 2021. We couldn't do it without all of you. 

Forever Grateful, 

the Rok Kern Team

 
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