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
Happy Family
Happy Family

Hello from M’Lop Tapang!

I wanted to thank you again for your past donations and let you know that these gifts you made are making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and youth here in Cambodia.

Many times, the best way to help children in need to have a better future is to help their families. By helping mothers and fathers in their roles as parents, the children benefit.

Sopheap* is just one of hundreds of parents we have been able to provide assistance to in 2015 thanks to your generousity. He and his wife live in a small village and have 7 children - 4 girls and 3 boys. Their oldest child is 25 years old now; the youngest is just under one year old. Sopheap works as a day laborer when he can. Sometimes he earns $50 a month, but most months less than that and struggles to support his family.

2 weeks agoSopheap received two small pigs from our Outreach Team. He will raise the pigs and in a little less than a year they should grow and produce litters of their own, earning Sopheap a healthy profit when he sells the new piglets – a small pig will sell for about $60 each. He then starts again to produce more pigs. With this new income source, Sopeap and his wife will be better able to provide for the needs of the children.

As part of the payback plan, Sopheap gives two baby pigs from the first litter back to M’Lop Tapang, who then gives them to another poor family to start their own small income generating business.

From all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for your support. Together we continue to help thousands of Cambodian children here live healthier, happier lives.

*name changed for confidentiality

Sopheap* and his new pigs
Sopheap* and his new pigs
Helping poor families with house repairs
Helping poor families with house repairs
Thank you for your support
Thank you for your support

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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
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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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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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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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M'Lop Tapang

Location: sihanoukville, sihnaouk province - Cambodia
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Project Leader:
Roth Chanphalkun
Co-Director
sihanoukville, sihnaouk province Cambodia
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