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16 year old Theary* is in grade 11 now. She is one of more than 1,100 Cambodian students from poor families that are being supported to attend local public schools here in Sihanoukville through M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program. When Theary was very young, she and her family lived and worked on the streets. …

Heng* was born in Phnom Penh into a very poor family. He was one of seven children in the family.   His parents died when Heng was 10 years old. He dropped out of school in grade 2.  In 2015, when he was 17 years old, Heng moved to Sihanoukville. By then he was living on…

“Signs of Safety” is an integrated framework for how to do child intervention work. So far this year more than 50 M’Lop Tapang social workers have received training on how to use this framework when working with children. Importantly, our social workers are already integrating signs of safety elements in our response to those cases…

21 year old Sreyna* walked into our security guards office recently looking for help. She wanted someone to take her 8 month old baby boy. Sreyna has had nothing but misfortune in her life for the last several years. She is a single mother, her husband having died in a traffic accident when Sreyna was…

M’Lop Tapang began working with vulnerable children of Sihanoukville in 2003. We held a birthday party to celebrate and you can view video highlights of the event at: https://www.facebook.com/mloptapang/videos/1732045083499862/

Thank you to everyone for supporting our street parade this year.  This year’s parade was to promote environmental awareness and trash reduction (a big issue here in Sihanoukville and other cities).  More than 600 children and 200+ staff participated in the event this year.  

Sinat* and her husband live in Phnom Kiev, one of the poorer areas of the city. They have two children; one school aged girl and one 18 months old boy. Sinat and her husband earn a living by selling food on the streets. They don’t earn very much and even less when Sinat needs to…

Children living in poverty are vulnerable to various forms of abuse. Child protection remains M’Lop Tapang’s primary focus and includes prevention, advocacy, victim support, recovery, and reintegration. One of the cases referred to the Arts Therapist recently was that of 18 year old Sreymom*.  She had been referred by our Child Protection Team social workers…