01 June 2013 Children’s Day increased attention, brought everyone together and brought smile to Opportunity-deprived Children

On 11th June 2013 the Provincial Department of Social Affair and Youth Rehabilitation at Takeo hosted the 64th International Children’s Day of 01st June and the 12th World Day Against Child Labour at 8:30 AM. Mr. Som Om Monyra, Head of Provincial Department of Social Affair and Youth Rehabilitation and vice-Chairman of Takeo’s National Council for Children welcomed and reported Mr. Chhith Sokhun, Takeo’s Deputy Governor and Chair of the event, of the general situation of children from the orphanage centers and opportunity-deprived children from the community in Takeo. The event was joined by 330 children/148 females, among which 42 orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS and other factors were brought by Partners in Compassion (PC).


With reference to the letter of the Royal Government, in the interest of children, Cambodia ratified the Convention on Rights of the Child on 15th October 1992 and the Constitution of Cambodia in 1993 states that the government is committed to protecting the rights of children stipulated in the Convention on Rights of the Child. To contribute to the response of the letter and to assist children to attain their complete rights, Partners in Compassion (PC) took part in celebrating this event with the aim of wanting every Cambodian people, particularly people in Takeo, to pay high attention to children and appreciate children’s value, to take part in combating heavy children labour, to eliminate child labour on domestic work, child trafficking and child sex, and to turn attention toward grooming children by developing them to become foundation for national development and toward considering children as bamboo shoots that will grow to replace aging bamboo trees and the future of a country and educating children to become children with 3 good qualities: Good kid, Good Student, Good Friend and desire to be a good citizen in the future.

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Additionally, a group of children delivered a performance about child labour trafficking, violence, and drug issues at the event.

After that, a representative of the children delivered a speech illustrating the excitement, difficulties, and vulnerabilities of today’s children, i.e. children are not provided with warmth from the family and society. Children in many families are living under harsh condition, facing violence, abuse, labour exploitation, poor living condition and extremely hard work. Meanwhile, this girl also described her excitement of seeing special attention paid by the government and organizations which flourishes them with hopes and offers them with educational opportunity just like any other children from a better socioeconomic status. They are firmly determined to study hard to strive for a better future.

“I am very delighted to participate in this event and I can ride a car for the first time and enjoy delicious meal.” said Thy Theara, age 7, who lost her father and currently lives with her mum, a widow, working as a dish cleaner.


Theara’s family is one of the poorest household who has no land and house, experience violence and difficult living condition. Her 2 siblings has stopped going to school and resorted to helping her mother to support the family. Theara is studying in Grade 1 at a primary school in Tnol Taksin Village, Krang Tnung Commune under the support of Partners in Compassion (According to Sok Lasath, Child Support Staff).

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                               Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Volunteers and Staffs

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Children Sponsorship Programme (CSP)


Children Sponsorship Program in Cambodia Kipa 369


January – June 2013

Rural poverty in Cambodia


Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The legacy of strife includes social and economic scars. Many millions of land mines were sowed throughout the countryside, where millions of them still lie, hidden and unexploded. Mines are an enduring menace to the eight out of ten Cambodians who live in rural areas, and they are an obstacle to agricultural development.

Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood, but at least 12 per cent of poor people are landless. Small-scale farmers practice agriculture at the subsistence level, using traditional methods. Productivity is low.

Two thirds of the country’s 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 30 per cent of household expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid.

Who are Cambodia’s poor rural people?

The country’s poor people include subsistence farmers, members of poor fishing communities, landless people and rural youth, as well as internally displaced persons and mine victims. Tribal peoples and women are generally the most disadvantaged.

Women in particular do not have equal access to education, paid employment and land ownership and other property rights. For many women, reproductive health services are inadequate or non-existent. Many women had to assume the responsibility of heading their households after male family members were killed in conflict.


Where are they?

Poverty rates are highest in upland areas. The poorest people live in the districts close to the borders with Thailand and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in the north and north-east, and with Viet Nam in the east. Poverty is less severe in the districts around Tonle Sap Lake and those in the Mekong River basin in the south.

Cambodia’s poorest people are isolated. They live in remote villages, far from basic social services and facilities. Many have to travel more than 5 km to reach a health clinic, and still others live more than 5 km from the nearest road.


Why are they poor?

The pressures of a fast-growing population contribute to poverty. Because of a lack of education and skills training, people have inadequate employment opportunities and low capabilities. They are insecure, excluded and vulnerable. They have limited access to natural resources. Poor health, lack of education, poor infrastructure and low productivity lead to deeper poverty. The cycle of poverty, ill health and high health care expenditure cripples poor Cambodian families economically.

Rural poverty and lack of opportunity in rural areas have contributed to the spread of HIV AIDS, as young women migrate to urban factories and become sex workers in neighbouring countries. Although HIV prevalence rates have shown a decrease, the impact of the infection continues to be strong.

Source: IFAD

Developments in the Program in the period January to June 2013:

  1. At the end of June 2013 there are 97 children in the program.
  2. In the first 6 months 3 children left the program because families of two children moved to another province and one stopped from school.
  3. The Morality Program – the monk still continues to meet some of the children
  4. All children successfully passed into the next grade at their schools




Aim of the Program

To support poor and at risk children up to High School by providing:

  • A monthly support, including a Financial Contribution towards their Schooling, Transportation and Feeding , School Supplies or Hygiene Packs
  • Advice and encouragement to children and their parents of the value of education and the need for children to complete their education in order to have a good future – and not to take their child out of school before they finish their education in order for them to enter the workforce
  • To help to restore moral values in society – that were practiced prior to the years of war



Activities of the Program:

1. All Children are met one time each month and receive advice on personal health issues such as the need to keep their body clean and tidy. In addition they are encouraged to study hard in order to have a good future.

2. A monthly record is kept of the school progress of each child.

3. Each child receives a monthly supply of School Supplies or Hygiene Packs.

4. Each child receives a financial contribution towards their well-being each month to help them to pay for extra classes, lesson papers, transportation and for food at school.

5. There is a morality program at which a monk is invited to give advice to the students on universal moral issues.

6. Children are followed up by visits to the homes and schools

7. Annual educational & recreational tour is organized – when funding is available.Location




Phnom Penh:

P.C. Office




Phnom Penh:

Kilometer 6




Kandal Province:

Prek Rai


Kandal Province:

Toul Crosaing


Kandal Province:

Sa Ang


Kampong Spue: Procheavbath


Phnom Penh: Toul TangTimeframe




Commenced December 2000 with 7 children


Commenced November 2006



Commenced December 2004


Commenced October 2002



Commenced May 2006




November 2010



December 2012No. Direct Beneficiaries



15 Children





12 Children





18 Children




23 Children





8 Children




15 Children




6 Children











Monthly Meetings with all the children:


All children are met by the Partners in Compassion Program Officer once a month at each of the 7 locations at which the children are given advice on personal health and hygiene issues such as; the need keep the body clean, to keep the finger nails short and clean. In addition they are encouraged to study hard in order to have a good future for themselves and their family.  A monthly record is kept of the school progress of each of the children by using their monthly school record, the development of the child can be monitored in this way. The children are also encouraged to help and support each other, this is achieved by playing games and other group activities.



At this meeting the children receive their monthly supply of School Supplies and or Hygiene Packs including soap, detergent etc. They also receive their monthly financial contribution, this is used to pay for the daily supplement to their teachers, to pay for additional classes in physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as transportation and food. The children at primary school use it to pay for extra classes in Khmer reading and writing. It is also used to pay for lesson papers and to buy food at the school.






Morality Program:


Presently a new monk from Toul Crosaing meets the children every month at Toul Crosaing. He enjoys the friendliness of the children who he says are more childlike. While the people are expected to show great respect towards Monks he enjoys the informal atmosphere when he meets our children. He uses the Buddhist precepts and path of life to educate the students on the correct attitude to life. He encourages and shows them how to show respect to their parents and elders, to follow the instructions of their parents & to go to school regularly.



In addition he uses meditation to help the children to focus on the eight fold path of Buddhism.





Distribution of assistance to the Children in January – June 2013:


Type of Assistance  
Hygiene Supplies:


Bars of Soap


Washing Powder


Hair Shampoo


Mosquito Coil


Nail Cut







School Supplies:


Writing Books





Financial Contribution

$ 3,144


Invoices for goods purchased are filed and ready for inspection at any time together with the Receipts the children sign each month.








Financial Contribution:


There are 7 locations with a total of 97 children.


An analysis of the monthly expenditure of the Students is shown below:



Extra Classes

Examination Papers



Total Paid by the Student

Contribution by the Program

Phnom Penh







Toul Crosaing

$ 78






Prek Rai







Kilometer 6







Sa Ang














Toul Tang










Visits to the children at their school and in their homes:


In order to have relations of trust and acceptance with the children it is important to know their living conditions, to visit their school to see how they are progressing, to provide extra help as required for slow learners or those who were late entering the school system. When faced with children living with domestic violence or bullying at school or having taken the first steps into substance abuse there is little we can do, however having the trust of the child we can advise on the dangers, support and encourage the child.







Progress of the Children:


  • 3 Children from Phnom Penh & Prek Rai are Number 1-2 in their class
  • 5 Children at Prek Rai & Procheavbath are Number 3-6 in their class
  • During the  last six months 3 children left the program
  • The Morality Program continues to be popular with the children
  • We are thankful to the parents who continue to show interest & encouragement to their children to continue with their education and who actively take part in the program through accompaniment at the annual tour.
  • We continue to work hand in hand with the School Authorities and Community Members particularly at Prek Rai, Sa Ang & Toul Crosaing and thank them for their encouragement, support and practical help.
  • The good channel of communication with the school principles continue.
  • 4 children will successfully complete their high school education in August






Plans for the coming 6 months:


  • Continue to support the  Children in the program
  • Provide extra tuition for those requiring it
  • Continue to visit the Children at School and in their Homes
  • Work in close collaboration with School Authorities & Community Representatives
  • Replace any children who may leave the program – if funds permit
  • More in-depth follow-up with the children
  • In 2013 the annual educational & recreation tour will take place – if funds permit












Word of Thanks


The management of Partners in Compassion takes this opportunity on behalf of the children to thank the sponsors who make everything we do for the children possible. The Children depend on your continued sponsorship for the assistance they receive. They are thankful to you for giving them the opportunity to make their dreams come true. May you be blessed and enjoy good health and happiness all the days of your life.








On behalf of Partners in Compassion

Date: 21 August 2013





Another Day to Remember

A few days ago a group of Korean young people spent a day with us. They were well prepared and started off with a class on cleanliness and dental care. They had brought with them coloring books that went along with their presentation and paper for the kids to draw on.



The suckers were perhaps not the best treat for the children to be given during a class on dental care

but they didn’t seem to mind at all and it may even have helped them concentrate more on their coloring.



I was a bit leery about passing out water guns to everyone because I know what happens when we do,

but they seemed to have things under control and so I let them go ahead.

They used the same tactics as the US Military has been doing for years.


First they armed the enemy and let them get use to their weapons.

You may take a few casualties but this is good to help build the confidence of the enemy.






















Then, just when they think they have gained the upper hand,


You pull out your new super-secret-weapon of destruction and blow them all away.


Oh well… everyone had a good time, including the new kid on the block, who had just arrived…


and it was a great way to stay cool on a hot and muggy Cambodian afternoon.


Thanks for coming!

We are very grateful for the memories you gave us,

the clothing, supplies, and the water guns,

but especially the ice cream at the end of the day.

We hope you will come back again soon.

The Watopotians

Improvement their life by Saving in English

The Saving of Tropaing Chhouk Kdey Songkhem Group

Partners in Compassion (PC) has initiated and facilitated Village Savings and Loan project, establishing a total of 31 groups. 26 groups are in the 3 branches of Partners in Compassion: 1. Bati Operational District, 2. Ang Roka Operational District, 3. Kirivong Operational District and the remaining 5 groups are in Pursat.

Tropeang 1

Tropaing Chhouk Kdey Songkhem is the first group which is along the National Road 3 in Tropaing Chhouk Village, Sophy Commune, Bati District, Takeo, which has finished the 1st cycle which lasted for 1 year successfully. The group has a total of 23 members who are people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), among which 10 are males and 13 are females and 2 are the community people. The group’s members voted to select a group leader, a book keeper, a box keeper, 2 money counters and 3 key holders to facilitate and lead the saving group. The cycle of the group has duration of 1 year from June 2012 to May 2013.The total savings was 3,410,000 Riels, total interest was 411,800 Riels and emergency fund was 8,800 Riels.Tropeang 2

 The total saving combined with the total interest was then distributed on the basis of the number of shares that the member had purchased, while the group’s emergency fund was not distributed and kept in the box to help other members in the future emergency situation. After the success of saving in the first cycle, the group smoothly continues another cycle in the next month.

Tropeang 3

“As a member of this savings and loan group, I am very pleased and interested in saving, because I could have a huge amount of savings and my saving is secure and I can borrow money at a low interest rate. It is convenient to borrow and I don’t have to travel a long distance to borrow from others. The group is also well-managed and the members are actively involved and closely cooperate. In the future I hope that I will have more savings from this saving and loan group.”, according to Pin Pach, a VSL member residing in Tropaing Chhouk Village, Sophy Commune, Bati District.