Volunteers and staff paint a road safety mural.
In the last few months of 2017, AIP Foundation hosted several helmet safety activities with families throughout Cambodia. In November, our Helmets for Families program celebrated six years and expanded to a new school and province. Read on for more on how AIP Foundation has been working with key stakeholders to keep children safe in Cambodia.
Helmets for Families paints road safety mural to celebrate new school launch
14 October, 2017 – Kampong Cham
In preparation for the launch of the Helmets for Families program at Vealvong Primary School in Kampong Cham, Manulife employees volunteered their time to paint a road safety mural for the school community. This mural will serve as a reminder for students, staff, and their families of how to correctly wear a helmet whenever they travel by motorcycle or bicycle. TheHelmets for Families program will be implemented for the 2017 to 2018 school year by AIP Foundation and is sponsored by Manulife Cambodia.
View more photos from the volunteer event here.
Student ambassadors promote safe road behaviors during Cambodian Water Festival
03 November, 2017- Siem Reap
Members of the Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) program in Siem Reap promoted safe road behaviors for road users during Bon Om Touk, or the Cambodian Water Festival. The Water Festival is an important national holiday taking place over three days, but it is also known as one of the deadliest times in Cambodia in terms of road crashes. Every year, the increased travel across provinces, within Phnom Penh, and along main roads during this holiday period results in a rise in road crash casualties.
View more photos of the event here.
Helmets for Families expands to new province that accounts for 5% of Cambodia’s crash-related deaths
11 November, 2017- Kampong Cham Province
Helmets for Families, sponsored by Manulife Cambodia, celebrated its sixth anniversary by expanding its road safety education to Veal Vong Primary School in Kampong Cham Province. This year, over 1,000 high-quality helmets were donated to the community, as well as an education program on road safety awareness to students. Veal Vong Primary School was selected because of its location in a high-risk and traffic-dense area in a province where 80% of children travel as motorcycle passengers and bicycle riders. In 2016 alone, 86 people were killed in road crashes in Kampong Cham Province, accounting for 5% of the nationwide total. Five students and four teachers from Veal Vong Primary School were also injured in road crashes in 2016. Helmets for Families will provide quality helmets and road safety training for those in the community that are most vulnerable.
More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers, government officials, media, and community members attended the event. Notable representatives included H.E. Kouch Chamroeurn, Governor of Kampong Cham Province; H.E. Min Meanvy, Secretary of State of Public Works and Transport; Mr. Robert Elliott, CEO and General Manager of Manulife Cambodia; and Mr. Pagna Kim, Cambodia Country Director of AIP Foundation.
The Helmets for Families program has provided nearly 5,000 helmets and 18 road safety training seminars to more than 600 people since the partnership with Manulife Cambodia launched in 2012.
View more photos from the event here.
Read the full press release here.
300 helmets delivered to most at-risk students in Siem Reap through YARS initiative
03 November, 2017- Siem Reap
The Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) network, in partnership with the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, donated 300 helmets to students from Samdech Decho Hun Sen Krous, Phnum Thnol, and Por Langkar Primary Schools in Siem Reap.
Delighted students took part in games organized by the student ambassadors that introduced road safety concepts in an engaging and educational manner. The YARS team also provided Iinstructions on how to wear a helmet correctly to each of the 300 recipients. YARS is a safety awareness initiative that empowers university students to design and implement practical road safety awareness behaviors for their peers and local community primary school students.
450 people attended the ceremonies throughout the day, including officials representing the Department of Public Work and Transport, Siem Reap Traffic Police, and the Commune Council as well as students, teachers, school management, AIP Foundation staff, and YARS members.
View more photos from the ceremony here.
Students speak with the community on road safety.
Helmets for Families expands to Kampong Cham.
A YARS team member helps a student wear a helmet.