The Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 13 civil society organisations worth more than $14 million to promote social welfare and child development.
The signing ceremony of the agreement was held yesterday at the Ministry of Social Affairs and was attended by Touch Channy, general director of the ministry’s technical department, and leaders of the 13 civil society organisations.
The organisations included Friends-International, Holt International, Refuge for the Poor, European Foundation for Cambodian Children, Foyer Infants del Món Cambodge, Safe Place Mission, Good Neighbors Cambodia, and others.
Mr Channy said that the MoU covers a three-year period with a total budget of $14,283,836 to fund programmes focused on child development, such as helping the homeless, orphans and poor children in rural communities to ensure they receive care, education and life skills training.
“The participation of the partner organisations in promoting the social affairs sector and helping the vulnerable, especially children in Cambodia, is really important because it will help those in need have better living standards,” he said. “Their participation will also help address many problems for the ministry, as the ministry still lacks the budget and resources to solve some problems.”
According to Mr Channy, 134 partner organisations have so far signed various MoUs with the Ministry of Social Affairs to assist vulnerable people, including the elderly and children.
Oum Socheat, executive director of the European Foundation for Cambodian Children, said some poor children living on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and in rural areas have been suffering from malnutrition, lack of care from parents, inadequate school equipment and difficult access to education.
Regarding these issues, he said his organisation, along with the other 12 organisations who signed the MoU, will improve the lives of these children.
“I expect that this assistance will help the affected and vulnerable children more effectively, and those children will have strong chance to receive education, care and health services and be able to contribute to the development of the country,” he said.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Social Affairs also signed an MoU with Arm Cambodia and A21 Foundation to help protect victims from human trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, sex trafficking and child labour.