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Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang

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Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
Helping Cambodian Children at M'Lop Tapang
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.

*name and photo changed for confidentiality

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* graduated from high school this year
Sinat* graduated from high school this year
Education programs for all ages
Education programs for all ages
Every child has the right to an education
Every child has the right to an education

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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 free medical care
Providing free medical care
Providing nutritious hot meals
Providing nutritious hot meals

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Education for disadvantaged children
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.

Best regards,

Kun

*name and photo changed for confidentiality

Working with children from poor neighborhoods
Working with children from poor neighborhoods
Providing free medical care
Providing free medical care
Healthy school lunches
Healthy school lunches

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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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new center staff and children
new center staff and children

Hello from Cambodia (or as we say in the Khmer language, “Soos-a-day”),

I just wanted to send a short note to say thank you again for your generosity in supporting the work we do here at M’Lop Tapang.  Sihanoukville is changing quickly from what was once a sleepy little beach town into a jungle of construction sites for new hotels and casinos.  The city may be changing but our teams here are continuing their work with the area’s most vulnerable children and families.

One of the most exciting new programs we started recently was the opening of a new Community Education Center in Village 35, near the Sihanoukville Port where there are an increasing number of families living with children and have no access to learning, health care, or child safety. Most younger children are not attending school and are malnourished. Parents have very low, unstable incomes, plus there is a lot of drug/ alcohol addiction, violence and ill health amongst families here. Although we have worked there for years through outreach services, now is the time where we need a permanent base and constant presence, so that basic, safe services can be delivered to younger children on a daily basis.

We are sincerely grateful for your donations and encouragement. With your help, M’Lop Tapang remains committed to working in neighborhoods like Village 35 and other parts of the city to help build better futures for disadvantaged Cambodian children and youth.

As always, if you have any questions about what we do please don’t hesitated to contact me and let me know.

All the best,

Roth Chanphalkun (Kun)

Co-Director, M’Lop Tapang

development in the city
development in the city
Village 35, where new community center is located
Village 35, where new community center is located
in the classroom at new community center
in the classroom at new community center
a safe place to play and learn with friends
a safe place to play and learn with friends
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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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