Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged the Cambodian Red Cross to help build houses for poor people and provide access to clean water in remote areas.
Speaking at the 155th anniversary of the World Red Cross, Mr Hun Sen encouraged the national humanitarian organisation to help people facing difficulties in their daily lives, not just those suffering from natural disasters.
“I continue encouraging the CRC to build houses for poor people and resolve water shortages in regions which lack water,” he said, noting that the government does not have the budget to support such tasks.
“We should use a part of funds donated to the Cambodian Red Cross to achieve these goals,” he said.
The premier added that the digging of wells will provide villagers with water for the long term and resolve difficulties that they face.
Mr Hun Sen said he considers the CRC as a main partner of the government in the field of humanitarian assistance, noting that both must work together to aid citizens.
Yesterday, the CRC garnered more than $18 million in donations to mark the anniversary, which will be used for its humanitarian activities and came from donors that include tycoons, government officials and businessmen.
Bun Rany, president of the CRC, said that in 2017, the organisation dug 433 wells and seven ponds in remote areas across the Kingdom, providing clean water to thousands of families.
She added that distribution of water tanks and filters to villagers in rural areas continues and noted that many houses have been built and repaired for poor people as well.
Meanwhile, Kampong Cham Provincial Court on Friday charged a former high-ranking Cambodian Red Cross official over his involvement in the embezzlement of more than $100,000 through forged financial expenditure documents.
The accused was arrested on Thursday near the Cambodian-Thai border, after months on the run.
Colonel Sok Vuthy, deputy chief of Kampong Cham provincial police, identified the accused as Meas Sam Oeun, 33, the former vice president and an accountant with the Cambodian Red Cross in Kampong Cham.
He was charged with breach of trust and forging financial documents following reports of stolen funds by members of the organisation.