Prince Michael awards Cambodia's government.
In the last few months of 2016, AIP Foundation hosted several helmet safety activities with families in Siem Reap Province. In December, the organization's CEO and Cambodia Country Director accompanied a delegation of government officials as they were honored by Prince Michael of Kent in London, United Kingdom, for their stringent law enforcement efforts. Read on for more on how AIP Foundation has been working with key stakeholders to keep children safe in Cambodia.
H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent honors Cambodian government for saving lives with recent road traffic law enforcement
14 December, 2016 - London, U.K.
At an annual awards ceremony, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent honored Cambodia’s National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) for its robust enforcement of the country’s new road traffic law, including the mandatory use of motorcycle helmets for passengers, which has saved lives and prevented serious injuries. Two hundred and fifty-nine fewer road crash-related deaths and 596 fewer injuries occurred in the first 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period of time in 2015. Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, and Pagna Kim, Cambodia Country Director of AIP Foundation, joined a delegation of Cambodian lawmakers in London as they were presented with the award.
“Road crashes cause 1.25 million deaths around the world every year and low-income countries like Cambodia tend to suffer the most,” H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent said. “The NRSC’s work is a powerful example of positive changes, and has enhanced legislation, law enforcement, and cooperation between public sectors and civil society organizations which could lead to a new innovation. Collaboration as such is a reflection of reason I created these honors nearly 30 years ago.”
In 2015, road crashes caused 30 times more deaths than malaria, dengue fever, and land mines combined in Cambodia. The new legislation, for the first time requiring passengers and drivers to wear helmets while traveling, was adopted in 2015 and enforcement commenced in January 2016.
The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards was organized by RoadSafe, a London-based charitable partnership that brings together representatives from the private sector, government, and road safety community to reduce road crash fatalities and injuries around the globe.
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Read the full press release here.
Fifty parents learn about helmet use, safety precautions for upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations
16 December, 2016 - Siem Reap
As part of the Helmets for Families program, 50 parents took part in a training workshop in which they learned about the importance of helmet use as well as safety precautions they should take during the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, a time when road crash rates tend to increase. AIP Foundation and Manulife Cambodia launched this year's edition of the family-focused program earlier this month by providing more than 1,000 helmets to students, teachers, and mothers at Kessararam Primary School in Siem Reap Province.
During this training, mothers were also provided with free, high quality helmets. The training reiterated the importance of consistent helmet usage to prevent head injuries and protect families on Cambodia's roads.
More than 900 helmets donated to school on high-risk Cambodian national highway
2 December, 2016 – Siem Reap Province
Helmets for Families expanded its road safety education efforts to Kessararam Primary School in Siem Reap City and donated more than 900 helmets to the school community.
The program, which is supported by Manulife, celebrated the launch of its fifth year with a ceremony at the primary school, which is located along National Road N6, a high-risk and traffic-dense area in a province where only 22% of motorcycle passengers including children wear helmets. In addition to the helmet donation, the program provides students with education and activities, such as traffic simulations and road awareness training.
Approximately 80% of students at Kessararam Primary School commute to school via motorcycle or bicycle. In 2014, a student at Kessararam Primary School was killed in a road crash, and over the past two years, four others have been injured.
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Read the event’s full press release here.
Community comes together to paint road safety murals, 30 teachers unanimously commit to enforcing no-excuses helmet wearing policy
18-19 November, 2016 – Siem Reap
Manulife employees and AIP Foundation staff painted road safety murals at Kessararam Primary School as part of the Helmets for Families program. The paintings will be displayed at the school to teach students and their families about the importance of wearing helmets while riding on both bicycles and motorcycles. Manulife and AIP Foundation have been partnering on the program in Cambodia since 2012.
During a teacher training session for the same program, 32 teachers unanimously committed to enforcing helmet wearing among their students no matter the situation. The event, which was held as part of the Manulife-supported Helmets for Families program, provided these educators with vital knowledge on road safety and motorcycle helmet use. In the coming months, the teachers will provide this knowledge to their students and their students' families.
View more photos from the activity here.
Students help each other put on their new helmets.
Volunteers paint a mural at a school in Siem Reap.
A student in Siem Reap discusses road safety.