M'Lop Tapang

When our social workers first met Chamnab* many years ago he was a 10-year old boy living on the streets with his two sisters after their single-parent mother abandoned them. The team helped them to find a safe place to live and Chamnab started to go to school. He later dropped out of school in…

Happy Birthday M’Lop Tapang! This week M’Lop Tapang celebrated 16 years of working with vulnerable children and families in the Sihanoukville area. As the city is quickly transforming and is no longer the sleepy little beach town it was when M’Lop Tapang started we are now faced with new challenges and opportunities. Despite the obstacles…

This week is the opening of our new Community Education Center in the area of Village 35, Sihanoukville. The Center is modeled on a similar program we ran for over 10 years in another location of the city. The location of our new Community Education Center in Village 35 is the near Sihanoukville Port where…

Dr. Andrew Rowland, is a UK based pediatrician and also a member of M’Lop Tapang’s Board of Directors. He visits M’Lop Tapang twice a year to attend Board meetings and while here he volunteers in our Medical Clinic for a week each time. “I’ve been making visits to Sihanoukville twice per year – undertaking outreach…

So very happy to welcome Ms. Li Zengling who is starting as a part-time staff with M’Lop Tapang to help us network with all the new Chinese businesses in the city.  With the rapid development continuing in Sihanoukville and a shift in demographics, having Chinese speaking staff is essential in moving forward with M’Lop Tapang…

Sports can play a part in the healthy growth and development of children. In a recent survey we conducted of 100 boys and girls: 100% reported that participating in sports helps them make new friends 99% reported that participating in sports makes them more interested in coming to school 98% reported that participating in sports…

With the rapid development in Sihanoukville, hundreds of poor families from the countryside are moving to the city to work on local construction projects. This often involves moving from one site to another when a building is finished. Many families bring their children and most live in crowded, makeshift housing camps at the sites. 15…

Some of the families we work with, like many parents around the world, struggle to find safe, affordable child care. Such was the case for Sreymom* and her husband. The young couple had moved to Sihanoukville from the countryside in hopes of a better life for themselves and their three children – two boys aged…

Scheduling clean up days at local beaches is one of the ways M’Lop Tapang is teaching Cambodian children and youth about environmental awareness. Increasing trash is a growing problem in Sihanoukville.  Read more: ” ‘Mountains and mountains of plastic’: life on Cambodia’s polluted coast” (The Guardian, April 2018)    

Last weekend the local police department contacted our Hotline for assistance in helping to find the family of a little 3 year old boy who was lost.  The police had become aware of the boy when neighbors told them that the boy had been walking around on his own all day and night.  The police…

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