Dear Friends and Supporters,
As we move from spring into summer, the school year is drawing to a close - but our work continues. Throughout Cambodia, we are continuing to implement sustainable, effective initiatives to help work towards our goal of ensuring that every child has the right to travel safely on the roads. Read on for more information about our recent activities:
Helmets for Kids launches in Siem Reap, donates helmets to high-risk primary school
24-03-2019 - Siem Reap
Students participate in interactive road safety curriculum
We gave 96 helmets to high-risk students at Phum O Primary School in Siem Reap as part of our Helmets for Kids program. This event was co-sponsored by a new partner, The Dirty Cuts Siem Reap Motorcycle Club (DCSR), a local motorcycle club founded in 2013 and based in Siem Reap. Proceeds from the Siem Reap Bike Meet, which was sponsored by DCSR, were also donated to the Helmets for Kids program. Phum O Primary School was selected for the helmet donation due to its dangerous location along National Highway 6, where three students were involved in road crashes last year. The event was especially timely given the upcoming Khmer New Year, when road crashes often occur in higher numbers than usual. At the ceremony, students received educational training and participated educational games.
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AIP Foundation organizes safe driving campaign ahead of Khmer New Year
12-04-2019 - Phnom Penh
A Phnom Penh police officer providing safe driving tips to a driver.
Together with 72 government officials, police officers, youth ambassadors for road safety, and public and private sector representatives, AIP Foundation organized a safe driving campaign prior to the Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh. The main message of this campaign was “Travel safely during Khmer New Year without over-speeding.” Participants distributed informational pamphlets with safety information and signs about the dangers of speeding to drivers and talked to them about risks and laws related to speeding.
Speeding is the leading cause of death on the roads in Cambodia. In 2017, the Cambodian National Road Safety Committee found that 11% of all road crashes in Cambodia happened during national holidays. Many Cambodians travel to their hometowns and the roads are more heavily occupied during this time.
Through this campaign, we reached 1,100 drivers on the roads and at bus stations. Additionally, Cellcard and Metfone, two national mobile phone companies in Cambodia, supported this campaign by sending the campaign message to 1,000,000 subscribers.
See more photos from the campaign here.
Cambodian university students in Phnom Penh discuss crash prevention during UN Global Road Safety Week
10-05-2019 - Phnom Penh
Students at Asia Euro University speaking up for road safety.
AIP Foundation facilitated road safety youth discussions with nearly 200 students at Build Bright University and Asia Euro University in Phnom Penh. University students had the opportunity to speak up and raise their concerns in accordance with this year’s UN Global Road Safety Week theme of leadership for road safety.
Students shared ideas with a group of guest speakers including Mr. Sen Cheatvisoth, Deputy Director of Road Safety Department of the Ministry of Public Work and Transportation; General Long Thou, Deputy Director of Traffic Police and Public Order Department of the General Commissariat of National Police; and Mr. Kim Pagna, AIP Foundation Cambodia Country Director.
During the discussion, students raised many concerns about the dangerous roads near their universities and shared many practical suggestions on how universities and students could make roads safer. A majority of students suggested creating speed limits of 30 Km/h around universities and schools zone. Asia Euro University is a partner university as part of our Safety Delivered program, supported by The UPS Foundation.
View photos from the discussion here.