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!
Outreach Team working night time meeting children
Fixing houses and roofs
In the classroom
Mobile Library in nearby villages
Providing fee medial and dental care