M'loptapang

Yesterday our Special Needs team was visiting 9-year-old Buntha* and his family. Buntha lives with his parents and 2 siblings in a small house in a Sihanoukville neighborhood. Buntha also has Cerebral Palsy. Each week, for the last 5 years, the Special Needs visits Buntha to assess and follow up on his condition, provide physical…

When we opened our new Community Education Center last year, 2-year old Sophal* was one of the fist children to enter the Baby Care Program held there. Sophal’s mother, a single-parent who is also visually impaired, works on the streets collecting recyclable trash to earn an income to support herself, Sophal, and a 5-year-old daughter.…

Sreyroth* is a 37-year-old single mother of two young girls aged 8 and 11 years old. Both children attend classes at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center. Recently, Sreyroth lost her job as a cleaner when the business she was working for was sold to a new owner. After being referred to our ‘Futures’ employment office Sreyroth…

Until recently 12-year old Veasna* and his younger sister were spending his days at a local construction site where their parents are working as laborers. Like many families, they had moved to Sihanoukville to find employment as workers in the city’s booming construction and development sector. This is an all too common site in Sihanoukville.…

In the last week our Education Center was severely flooded during heavy rains. Since building our Education Center almost 10 years ago we have never experienced flooding like this. The damage has been extensive and the costs of repairs will be in the tens of thousands of dollars – structural damage to walls and classrooms,…

With so much development and construction going on in and around the city, and a seemingly lack of city planning, flooding around M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center is becoming more frequent and more severe during times of heavy rain. Fueled by massive Chinese investments in hotels and casinos the city is changing quickly. The construction boom…

Recently our 24-Hour Hotline received a call from a woman who wanted to let us know about a young couple whose 2-year old boy was in the hospital. The little boy, Samnang*, was seriously ill but the family was very poor; they couldn’t afford the hospital fees and often did not even have enough money…