7 year-old Sinat’s* family moved to Sihanoukville so that her parents could find work as laborers in the city’s booming construction industry. Like many of the workers that have moved here, Sinat’s parents brought along the whole family, including the little girl and her two younger brothers. Her family, like so many others in the city, are living at various construction sites in makeshift housing that is crowded and lack even basic services such as access to safe drinking water or sanitation.
More and more, our Outreach social workers are proactively visiting these construction sites around the city and meeting families who live there to explain to them services that M’Lop Tapang offers. After meeting Sinat’s family, the little girl and her two younger brothers are now spending their days in classrooms at our Education Center. None of the children had ever attended school before. So far in 2019, more than 50 children living with their parents on construction sites are now attending school at our centers instead of spending their days in an unsafe environment. In addition to education, all of these children have access to free medical care, healthy meals, social services, and the chance to make new friends.
*name and photo changed for confidentiality