The Social Affairs Ministry yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with seven organisations in a move to assist affected and vulnerable children in Cambodia.
The organisations included Kaleb e.V.,Cambodia, This Life Cambodia, Asia Hope Cambodia, Hope for the Silent Voices, M’lup Russey, New Future for Children, and Partners in Compassion.
Touch Channy, Director General of the Social Affairs Ministry’ Technical Department, said the agreement is for a three-year project with a budget of about $84 million.
Mr Channy said the cooperation between the ministry and NGOs is very vital to promote social work in Cambodia.
“Our main target is to help vulnerable children like orphans, homeless children, abandoned children and victims of human trafficking. Some of the organisations have community centres and accommodation to assist those target children,” he said.
He said the ministry’s working group should well cooperate with organisations to help the affected children.
According to the ministry, the seven organisations will help affected and vulnerable children in eight targets, including Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kandal, Siem Reap, Pursat, Takeo, Kampong Chhnang and Kratie provinces.
It said the organisations contributed to the protection of child victims from human trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse and child labour.
San Vandin, executive director of Partners in Compassion, said his organisation has a budget of about $800,000 to help affected and vulnerable children in Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kampong Speu and Kandal provinces.
The children include orphans whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS, HIV-infected children, orphans, and impoverished children by providing them access to education, nutrition, educational materials, and hygiene health education.
“Through this MoU, I expect that the children will have access to good education, and knowledge, with abuse and discrimination being reduced,” Mr Vandin said.
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