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Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth

by M'Lop Tapang
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Better Futures for Cambodian Children and Youth
Healthy hot meals
Healthy hot meals

Hello again from Cambodia,

We hope this email finds you safe and well during these challenging times.

During this period of Covid-19 we have all had to adjust our daily lives in some way or another. For the families that M’Lop Tapang works with, most have had to adjust to having less money because of loss of incomes or loss of a job –  in a recent survey we conducted 97% of the families interviewed reported a decreased income; 77% reported a greater than 50% decrease in income; and 21% of the families reported now having zero income.   The biggest impact of having less money for these families has meant less food for their children.

With your help, M’Lop Tapang is continuing to provide food to families and children in need.

Since Covid-19 began our teams have distributed more than 13 tons of rice (along with canned fish, eggs, and other food items) to local families.  Although schools still remain officially closed in Cambodia, with permission from local authorities we are now allowed to bring up to 100 of the most at-risk children to our Education Center for daytime activities (hot meals, medical care, hygiene, recreation). 

 “Before coming here (M’Lop Tapang Center), I was collecting cans on the beach with my grandmother to sell to the recycle man. I like coming here more than collecting cans. I have breakfast and lunch here and there are a lot of toys to play with and I can jump rope and have fun.”  - 10-year-old girl

“I am happy to be back here now because my father is drunk a lot. Sometimes I am afraid at home and when I am here I feel more safe and relaxed. At home I always worry.”  - 12 year old girl

 “When I come back to M’Lop Tapang my mom does not need to buy us food. Before Covid my mom spent 10,000 Riel ($2.5 USD) to buy us food, but now she can spend only 5,000 Riel ($1.25USD) for a meal. When I come here I can have breakfast and lunch and my mom does not need to spend money for our meals.”  - 13 year old boy

Thank you again for your support and generosity. You truly are helping us to make a difference

Stay safe.

Kun

Providing nutrition for vulnerable babies
Providing nutrition for vulnerable babies
Supporting families in local area
Supporting families in local area
Activites at our Center
Activites at our Center

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Preparing food supplies to deliver to families
Preparing food supplies to deliver to families

Hello from M’Lop Tapang,

Just a quick thank you to say how much we appreciate your donations and encouragement in helping us support vulnerable Cambodian children and their families here in Sihanoukville.

Now more than ever, some of these families need M’Lop Tapang’s assistance and your generosity is making sure we are able to do just that.  As like in other parts of the world, many parents here have lost their jobs or had their incomes reduced significantly because of the COVID-19 situation. Your donations are helping us to provide emergency food, hygiene supplies and other items to those local families most in need.  In the last few weeks, with your help, we have distributed emergency supplies to more 450 families. Many of these families we have had to deliver supplies to more than once already and we know this will continue.

Again, thank you so very much for generosity and concern.

All the best.  Take care and stay safe,

Roth Chanphalkun (Kun)

Co-Director, M’Lop Tapang

Delivering emergency supplies to families
Delivering emergency supplies to families
Poor families even more vulnerable now
Poor families even more vulnerable now

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Thank you for your support
Thank you for your support

Hello from sunny Cambodia!

We wanted to thank you again for your generous support and donations.  It is incredibly generous of you!  I know there are so many other ways you could be spending your money – we really do feel very lucky and very honored that you support the work we do here.

M’Lop Tapang regularly works with thousands of disadvantaged Cambodian children and youth.  Your donations help us to make sure they are getting the services they need.   One of those that your support has helped is Sinat*, a young girl who graduated from high school this year, the first child in her family to do so.  

Sinat’s family had moved to Sihanoukville from the poor rural countryside when Sinat was just a young girl. The parents moved in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children. Sinat had been attending school for a few years before moving here but stopped when the family could not afford to continue to send her to school.  In 2011, with the support of M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program, Sinat, who was 13 years old at the time, reentered the public school system at the Grade 4 level. The “Back to School Program” assists families who cannot afford to send their children to public school. Although public school is officially free for all Cambodian children, families are still required to pay for school uniforms and supplies. For many of the poorest families, these costs prevent them from sending their children to school.

Over the last 8 years Sinat worked hard at her studies but is wasn’t always easy. I really wanted to quit when I was in Grade 11, but after talking to the community counsellor I decided to stay in school and I’m glad it did. This year Sinat graduated from high school, the first person in her family to do so. She is now working as a teacher and continues her own education at University, which she is paying for herself. Sinat also has two younger siblings, a brother and a sister, who are still in local public schools with the support of M’Lop Tapang.

From all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

Wishing you all the best,

Roth Chanphalkun (Kun)
Co-Director, M’Lop Tapang

Sinat* graduates from high school
Sinat* graduates from high school
Classes at our Education Center
Classes at our Education Center
Teahers helping students
Teahers helping students

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Free education for disadvantaged children
Free education for disadvantaged children

Until recently 12-year old Veasna* and his younger sister were spending their days at a local construction site where their parents are working as laborers.

As we have mentioned in our reports before, the city of Sihanoukville is changing very quickly due to massive Chinese investments in the development of hotels and casinos here.  One of the impacts of this has been a large number of economic migrant families moving here from the rural provinces to find work as laborers.  Many of these workers, like Veasna’s parents, move here with their children and live at the sites they work on. Living on the construction sites is dirty and dangerous. There is lack of clean water or adequate toilets, and the risks of injuries and disease are high.

Your donations and support are enabling us to continue to work with many of these construction site families and their children. Since the beginning of the year more than 80 vulnerable Cambodian children living at construction sites, like Veasna and his little sister, are now attending day-time classes at our Education Center where they have the chance to study, to make friends, play and have fun, and to enjoy hot meals and free medical care. 

From all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for your donations and for helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian children.

All the best,

Kun

*name and photo changed for confidentiality

Working in local neighborhoods
Working in local neighborhoods
Providing nutritious hot meals
Providing nutritious hot meals
Providing free medical care
Providing free medical care

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Flooding at M'Lop Tapang
Flooding at M'Lop Tapang

Hello from M’Lop Tapang!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for your donations. Now, more than ever we truly appreciate your support.  If you happen to follow us on social media, you will have seen that earlier this month our Education Center, Medical Center, and Arts Center were flooded.  Although we had experienced flooding before, it was never to the degree it was recently.  

The extent of the damage forced us to close the Center for two weeks and suspended classes for all students while clean up and repairs were made. We are slowly starting to get back to normal and as of last week we have reopened the classrooms for students.

The donations you have made are helping to ensure vulnerable Cambodia children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are once again receiving the services they need.

Thank you so much for your support. 

With much gratitude,

Roth Chanphalkun (Kun)
Co-Director, M’Lop Tapang

Flood damage in the classrooms
Flood damage in the classrooms
Flood damage in our medical clinic
Flood damage in our medical clinic
Cleaning up after flooding
Cleaning up after flooding
Back in the classroom after clean up and repairs
Back in the classroom after clean up and repairs
Back in the classroom learning
Back in the classroom learning

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M'Lop Tapang

Location: sihanoukville, sihnaouk province - Cambodia
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Project Leader:
Roth Chanphalkun
Co-Director
sihanoukville, sihnaouk province Cambodia
$35,452 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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