The Social Affairs Ministry has signed an agreement with 11 civil society organisations to run social welfare programmes for three years.
Touch Channy, director-general of the ministry’s technical department, said a signing ceremony with representatives of the NGOs was held on Friday at the ministry’s headquarters in Phnom Penh .
Mr Channy said the NGOs are Chab Dai Cambodia, Hope for Justice Cambodia, Action Pour Les Enfants, Love Without Boundaries, Citipointe International Care & Aid, Japan-Cambodia Interactive Association, Damnok Toek, New Life Mission Cambodia, Essential Personnel Cambodia, Joy Fountain Foundation and World Together Cambodia.
He said the NGOs will spend $12,724,836 and work with the ministry on welfare development-focused programmes until 2023.
“Cooperation with partner organisations at this time is crucial in promoting the social affairs sector,” Mr Channy said. “It will also help children.”
“The ministry has always welcomed NGOs who want to help those in need, especially children, to improve their lives,” he added.
EPC director Ouch Nimol yesterday said his organisation will spend $110,000.
“We agreed to help find employment, give scholarships and train them for three years ” Mr Nimol said. “This budget is to run the project.”
EPC in a statement yesterday said the agreement with the ministry aims to provide temporary accommodation to disabled people, impoverished students, dropouts, orphans and families from remote areas among others.
It said it will also provide scholarships and training to people living with disabilities.
“It is being implemented in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Kampong Speu,” EPC said.
On Friday, APLE said on Facebook it works with the ministry to focus on criminal justice development, court support, community engagement and research.
“The interlinked programmes aim to strengthen national social and legal mechanisms for the protection of children affected by sexual abuse and exploitation,” it said. “We do hope this [agreement] will enable a stronger partnership between APLE and the ministry and ensure smooth operation across the country.”
Last year the ministry signed a similar agreement with 13 NGOs including Friends-International, Holt International, Refuge for the Poor, European Foundation for Cambodia Children, Foyer Infants del Mon Cambodge, Safe Place Mission and Good Neighbors Cambodia.