Monday, 31 August 2015

Who Will Children's Village Update

We recently received the following update from Who Will Children's Village, which we support through our Child Sponsorship program and where we have built school rooms and other facilities:

Activities in our Village continue as normal although the project in now evolving into more of a Community Educational Facility with the residential element reducing in importance. We remain with 37 resident children but the number of students from the surrounding villages increased at its peak to over 250. As many of these children come from farm backgrounds they have to stop studying to work in the fields during the planting and harvesting times, but they normally return.
The start to the year was overshadowed by the, somewhat premature, passing away of our director, Mao Moniroath, wife of the Chairman. Since resigning from her position at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Roath had established herself as an invaluable member of the management team. She was able, through her experience as Personnel Manager at the Embassy, to bridge the gap between children and staff all of whom respected her and followed the advice given. She was loved by all at Who Will Village and is sorely missed. 
We are now concentrating on improving the quality of teaching in our in-house English language classes and to this end, we are continually looking for qualified teachers to volunteer with us and share their knowledge and experience with our 3 Khmer teachers and 2 long term German volunteers. We have 2 very experienced teachers coming over for a month in January 2016 but still would like more between now and then. 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have made 2 visits this year, one in early January and the second time on 5-7 June. Their visits are always welcomed by the children who enjoy the varied programmes of learning and playing planned so effectively by the students. These include, both normal classroom teaching and arts and crafts in addition to drama/musical presentations. 
The school year is almost over and we are now trying to sort out the futures of the 3 girls who are completing Year 12 and who, hopefully, will all achieve a good pass in their final exam. One wants to train as a nurse, one as a dress designer and the other has accountancy in mind. We are endeavoring to satisfy their wishes. 
The vegetable garden has been extended into adjoining land that we own and we have had good crops of sweet potatoes, corn, cassava and watermelons. Our mango trees have also borne a large amount of fruit. We are trying to extend the garden but the children’s time is limited and it is too hot in the middle of the day for volunteers to work in the sun.
Having helped with capital expenditure during the start up period, CamKids continues to provide much needed financial support through the Child Sponsorship Programme that they run for us and we are most grateful to them for doing this.


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Monday, 10 August 2015

Krousar Thmey Centre for Blind & Deaf Children

Since 2011, the CamKids funded mobile dental team has provided dental treatment and oral health education to blind and deaf children in Krousar Thmey Schools and Centres located throughout Cambodia. The team has placed an increasing focus on providing oral health education, prevention and promotion measures. In addition, the team has continued to build the capacity of teachers and caregivers to supervise and monitor the children’s daily tooth brushing, hand washing, oral hygiene practices and to administer basic health care, in order to improve the students' overall health.
During a recent trip, the team provided dental treatment to a total of 507 patients across four different provinces, including Battambang, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey Provinces. The team then travelled to the Krousar Thmey centre at Kampong Cham Province and provided dental treatment to 154 patients, including 100 children and 54 adults. This was the second trip to Krousar Thmey at Kampong Cham Province in the last six months. 
Mr. Ban Boeurn, the mobile dental team leader said that during the mobile trip to Krousar Thmey at Kampong Cham Province, the team faced problems with the poor oral health of the blind children, which required many of them to have fillings. Unfortunately, being blind, the children were scared of the sound of the dental drill. However, to alleviate their fears, the team encouraged the children by asking them to touch and feel each type of instrument that the team were going to use. This settled the children down and they all agreed for the team to do the treatment. Sometime later, the children were smiling once again and told the team that their pain had gone and they won’t cry at night time anymore.
We are the only charity supporting the medical and dental needs of deaf and blind children in Cambodia.  Please consider making a donation to help support this valuable work. 
If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation (or change to £5, £3 etc). Even a small donation of a few pounds from all of our supporters will make a huge difference. Remember, we do not have any overheads, so 100% of your donation goes to helping the children. 

Alternatively, go to or to make a single or regular credit or debit card donation in £, $ and A$ or to pay in any currency through PayPal (all cards accepted). 

   Thank you 
   The CamKids Trustees


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Monday, 20 July 2015

House above the Water (HAW) Community Clinic

The House above the Water (HAW) Community Clinic which is funded by CamKids, is located in the Stoeung Meancheay Commune of Phnom Penh. Approximately 280 families live in slum conditions, with many having limited access to sufficient lavatories and clean water.  The inhabitants therefore suffer a range of preventable health problems on a regular basis. As a result, the mobile medical team from One-2-One provides much needed medical, nursing and maternal health care to families that wouldn’t otherwise receive these services. 
The medical team provides the following services at the HAW clinic:
  • Medical care - includes treatment for a range of common injuries and illnesses such as dengue fever, acute infections, diarrhea, common colds, typhoid fever, malaria etc.
  • Nursing care - includes health and hygiene education to adults and children and administration of basic health care, including height and weight measurements, de-worming (in line with the Cambodian National Strategy), nail cutting and wound care.
  • Maternal care - includes prenatal and antenatal checkups, provision of vitamin supplements, vaccinations, breastfeeding and birth control advice for pregnant women before, during and after delivery and gynecologist referrals for HIV testing, pap smears, ultrasounds etc. 
The HAW clinic has continued to operate effectively since it was first established. Our team visit the HAW community five times per month to provide medical treatment, nursing care, maternal care and health and hygiene education. We have continued to work cooperatively with community leaders and members to build trust and positive relationships with the community at large. As a result, more and more patients are continuing to seek medical treatment and care from our team and their overall health has been improving. 
The medical team has provided medical care to 384 patients, nursing care to 1,408 patients, which include deworming, and maternal care to 642 patients. This is an increase in the number of patients treated from the previous year. Therefore, a total of 2,434 patients have received treatment and care from our team during the past year. 
Case Study
In a recent visit to the House above the Water, a patient was interviewed. Her name is Srey Mouen and she is 28 years old, has two children and pregnant with her third child. Her husband is a rubbish worker and she is a housewife. She expressed her concern that her leg was burnt by fire while she was cooking food. She said that after the fire burnt her leg she suffered from a lot of pain. She shouldn’t have waited to see a doctor, but because of her family financial situation, she couldn’t afford to see one. Fortunately, the One-2-One medical team has been there and provided treatment for her. Mr. Thearith, one of our medical nurses, said that firstly they had to cut off the black burnt skin, then clean it with NSS and apply Gentamicine on the burn. After dressing the wound, she was provided with Gentamicine and NSS for her to clean the wound by herself at home. We also not only provided her with pain medication but also gave her some advice in order to relief her pain very soon. Finally, we would like to say thank you to the CamKids for providing the funds to help Cambodian people receive the medical care they require and to improve their overall quality of life.

Through the use of volunteer doctors and trainee medical students, we are able to run these clinics extremely efficiently - often only a dollar or two per patient treated. However, we still need you help to continue to provide and expand these vital services. Please consider making a donation to help us to help these desperately poor children and their families. 

If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation (or change to £5, £3 etc). Even a small donation of a few pounds from all of our supporters will make a huge difference. Remember, we do not have any overheads, so 100% of your donation goes to helping the children. 

Alternatively, go to or to make a single or regular credit or debit card donation in £, $ and A$ or to pay in any currency through PayPal (all cards accepted). 

Thank you 
The CamKids Trustees

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Mok Sambo's Story - a Scholarship Student from EYC

Sambo is 19 years old. He has only his mother and one younger brother living together in Phnom Penh. His mother is 45 years old, has had HIV for almost 10 years and stays at home every day, but he and his brother do not have HIV. Sambo’s brother Sambath studies grade 10 at high school, and Sambo has just completed grade 12 at school. He receives financial support from EYC. Unfortunately he failed the national high school exam about three months ago. Sambo decided not to go back to high school. He and his aunt are responsible for supporting the family. 

Sambo is an optimistic boy. He has a part-time job as a computer teacher for Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. He teaches from 2pm to 5pm at one of EYC Schools called AZIZA. He has another part-time work as a cleaner at one business in the White Building and at AZIZA. Besides, he is a talented picture designer and in his spare time he likes to go to art galleries where he meets his friends and designs pictures, searching for new styles, and creating new ideas together. Sambo is also good at playing guitar and he really loves classical music. Frisbee is his favorite sport. 
Sambo decided to go to study for an associated degree next year at SETEC Institute with his major in Computer Design, and after he gets his degree, he will continue to study for a bachelor degree at the Royal University of Fine Arts. He said EYC will support him with about 50 percent of the study fees, so he needs to save money from now on from his part time job and his design skills. 

Sambo is looking forwards to his university and the kind support from EYC, funded by CamKids. His ambition is to be a professional designer.

Monday, 8 June 2015

SEAL Cambodia Passes 40,000 Children Treated

The SEAL CAMBODIA project was launched in 2012 and is funded by CamKids, and the Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF), in association with GC (Asia) Company, to provide sealants on the first permanent molars of up to 60,000 Grade 1 & 2 children, over a three year period. 
Approximately 60–90% of school children in Cambodia have dental cavities, often leading to pain and discomfort, which can also impact eating and disrupt sleep, which then affects their ability to concentrate at school. Seal Cambodia partners previously only provided fissure sealant to grade 2 children, but this has now been expanded to include grade 1 school children, so as to prevent dental decay from developing in molar teeth. 
Our team of dentists, dental nurses, assistants and dental students, continue to provide not only sealant protection for Grade 1 and 2 children, but also oral health education and tooth brushing instruction. Every child receives a free toothbrush so that they can continue to clean their teeth at home. Parents are also informed if there are any dental problems identified requiring treatment at a local dental clinic. 
Since January 2012 sealant treatment has been provided to a total of 40,346 children in Phnom Penh, Kampong Speu, Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces, covering 137 schools. 
This includes 17,789 by One-2-One Cambodia, 11,339 by Cambodia Dental Association (CDA), 4,890 by International University (IU), 2,599 by Buddhist Library Cambodia Project (BLCP), 2,430 by Regional Nurses Training Center (RCT), 751 by University of Puthisastra (UP), and 548 by Cambodia World Family (CWF).
Case Study: In October 2014, on behalf of the Seal Cambodia project, Dr. Callum held the Seal Cambodia partner meeting to open and restart the Seal Cambodia Project for a new semester. Dr Callum also introduced a new partner, the University of Puthisastra, who has joined the project to also provide sealant to young children in grades 1 and 2 at government schools. The agenda included demonstrating the new Seal Cambodia protocols and recycling of plastic covering for trays. 
Many other topics were discussed during the meeting. One of participants, Dr. Hans from International University (IU), said that it was a great for all the partners to attend the meeting before we recommence providing sealant to the Grade 1 and 2 students, and that he really appreciated the opportunity to contribute to the Seal Cambodia project so as to save young children’s teeth and help thousand of Cambodia children have a better quality of life. 
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to GC (Asia) Company and all the local partners for providing the resources, time and personnel to make this project a success.