The Tapang tree, also known as the ‘umbrella’ tree, provides shelter from the elements. M’Lop means shade or protection in the Khmer language.
M'Lop Tapang was created in 2003 with the aim of giving street children access to the learning tools, resources, and opportunities they needed to build a better future. It offers regular meals, shelter, medical care, education, counseling, and protection from all types of abuse. Additionally, M'Lop Tapang works to increase awareness in the community about issues affecting street children.
Today M'Lop Tapang works with over 2,500 street living and working young people and their families at nine centres in the Sihanoukville area. It works closely with schools, the police and local authorities to help make the community a safer place for all children.
As we are still endeavoring to raise the money required to buy a new mobile library, here are a few statistics about M'Lop Tapang's work from the last month:
- 2,033 children attended educational activities
- 51 children slept safely in M'Lop Tapang's two Night Shelters
- 1,137 children were treated in the Medical Clinic
- 65 youth participated in vocational training programmes
- 70 calls were made to the 24-Hour Confidential Hotline
- 44 community members were certified in ChildSafe training
- 425 youths participated in drug awareness training
- 14 children were reintegrated back into their families
For more info, please visit: http://www.mloptapang.org