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.
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 was flooded. Although we had experienced flooding before, it was never to the extent 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. One of the areas of our Center that was damaged was our kitchen, where we prepare meals for hundreds of children every school day, and our cafeteria area.
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 that these children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are once again enjoying hot, nutritious school lunches.
Thank you so much for your support.
With much gratitude,
Roth Chanphalkun (Kun) Co-Director, M’Lop Tapang
Food damage in classrooms at our Education Center
Flood damage in our cafeteria area
Cleaning up the kitchen afte the flooding
After cleanup, children again enjoying hot lunches
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.
Thanks to your donations one of the most important things we are continuing to do is to make sure students in our education and training programs have access to healthy meals. Nutritious foods provide our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, be active, stay healthy and learn. With your help, in the last year M’Lop Tapang provided more than 200,000 hot meals to children and youth in our programs.
We are sincerely grateful for your donations and encouragement. As always, if you have any questions about what we do please don’t hesitated to contact me and let me know.
We wanted to take a minute and thank you again for your generous support in helping M’Lop Tapang provide healthy, nutritious meals to the Cambodian children and youth we work with.
With your help, in the last year we provided more than 200,000 hot meals!
Eating a nutritious meal has important health and educational benefits for children - it can improve their diet and increase their concentration in class. The breakfasts and lunches we provide to children and youth in our training and education programs may not be fancy, but they are healthy and nutritious. And because all of the children and youth we work with come from disadvantaged home lives, we know that for many, these meals are the most substantial they will have each day.
From everyone here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you again for your continued encouragement and generosity.
2018 is quickly coming to an end and we wanted to thank you again for your generosity in the last year in making donations to “Hot lunches for 500 Cambodian children and youth”.
In 2018, more than 400 children attended classes at our main Education Center, another 200 at our Community Education Center, and more than 120 youth participated in vocational training programs.
With your help we continue to make sure these students are not just getting the skills and education they need to build a better life, all of the have also been receiving hot, healthy meals on the days they study. As I have said before the meals are not fancy or gourmet, but they are nutritious and filling, and for many it is the most substantial meal they will have all day.
We made a short video recently that I thought you might like to see if you haven’t already. It’s of M’Lop Tapang’s main Education Center and includes many of the faces of children that you have been helping to provide hot lunches for. (The link to the video is at the bottom of the page)
Again, thank you for your support and we wish you and your family all the best in the upcoming holiday season.
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