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Posted by: | Posted on: February 2, 2012

Cambodian children are the young seed of Cambodia whom need special care and nurturing

To celebration the end year of 2011, Mr.Sophoan Seng, Khmer Youth Association of Alberta, CanCambodia, team-works and generous members, have initiated to help kids at two places in Cambodia in Siem Reap Province of Angkor Wat the Great.

First group of photos are illustrating Mr.Chanroeun Pa and his teams are distributing note-books, scarfs, shampoo, soap, detergent, dry Mii Yeuong noodles, study tools and cash to many kids who have been survived by the rubbish dump. Their living condition has been affected by rubbish environment which is located in remote area: no school, hospital and other amenities. Many kids and families have been moving here in hope for the career of SCAVENGING. Many generous, journalists and NGOs have stepped in to help them release suffering. Some donations offered, wells dug, and we hope that many other plans are on the row. If you wish to spare your heart and love, please do that…the location is following: Phum Tropaeng Thom, Tropaeng Thom Commune, Prasat Bakong District, Siem Reap Province.

Another group was led by Mrs. Chann to distribute note-book, pencil, pen and 500 riel cash to 500 students of primary and secondary school in Phum Dong-het, Khum Kok-thlok Krom, Jikrieng District, Siem Reap province. The school has located in the middle of four villages: Phum Dong-het, Phum Konsaeng, Phum Robieng and Phum Anlong Tro-orn at about 7 km north of national road number 6 at the Domrey Chlong point. During the civil war, this location was ravaged by the factional fighting between the Khmer Rouge armies and Vietnamese armies. The typical career of people here are farmers.

Thank you very much for your kind sharing and hospitality. We expect to receive your extending heart and love for those kids more in the future!!

Posted by: | Posted on: January 30, 2012

Near Cambodia’s Temple Ruins, a Devotion to Learning

Tear seems drop down unconsciously while I was reading this article. My life has come through what those individuals in the interview are breaking-through. The belief in higher education and persistent struggle for it is really honorable. Each time, when I looked at the great ruins and sandstone structures, it reminds me of education and ingenuity of Khmer ancestors to master on those architectures. Somdech Song Pang-Khat preached that if you look at the stones of Angkor Wat and other temples, you must communicate with the stones!
Published: January 24, 2012

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA — Millions of tourists come here every year to visit the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, an influx that has helped transform what once resembled a small, laid-back village into a thriving and cosmopolitan town with thumping nightlife and more than 10,000 hotel rooms.

Adam Ferguson for The International Herald Tribune

Students at Build Bright University in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

But the explosion of the tourism industry here has also done something less predictable. Siem Reap, which had no universities a decade ago, is now Cambodia’s second-largest hub for higher education, after the capital, Phnom Penh.

The sons and daughters of impoverished rice farmers flock here to work as tour guides, receptionists, bartenders and waitresses. When their shifts are over, they study finance, English and accounting.

“I never imagined that I could go to university,” said Hem Sophoan, a 31-year-old tour guide who is now studying for his second master’s degree. “There’s been so much change and opportunities for young people.”

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 8, 2011

Empathy for the Children at the Rubbish Dump of Siem Reap by CAN

Op-Ed: Can Cambodia

Dear Members;

In order to celebrate the New Year 2012, the Cambodian Academic Network (CAN) wish to contribute some gifts to the poor children surviving by the rubbish dump in Siem Reap. Please joint us, if you wish to bring some hope and smile to those children. Every cent and your participation are priceless for them. For more information, please contact Sophan Seng <> or Chanroeun Pa <>.

Children are important citizens in a society. There are many children groups in Cambodia are considered desperate and vulnerable such as rubbish dump children, street children, children of the prisoners, orphan children, disable children, neglected children and poor family children living in remote areas etc.

Beside of focusing on contribution of academic resources, desperate and vulnerable children are also a concern of CAN.

This time, CAN would like to share some gifts with children at the rubbish dump in Siem Reap recently broadcasted by ABC on photos taken by Omar Havana and we also celebrate the New Year 2012 together. Your participation  and contribution are priceless for them.


Posted by: | Posted on: November 30, 2011

Life in a Cambodian rubbish dump

While Cambodia is notorious for its current prestige of success by just comparing to the horrible KR regime, another corner of Cambodian life is living in the dump near the prestigious Angkor Wat monument. Peace without justice is a fake peace. Peace without social equality is a murderous one…Sophoan

Updated November 11, 2011 19:12:39

Map: Cambodia

Just 30 kilometres from Cambodia’s world famous Angkor temples is an astounding sight tourists don’t see.

Tucked away from foreign eyes on the outskirts of Siem Reap is a community of about 500 people who live – or survive – in a rubbish dump.

Spanish photojournalist Omar Havana spent seven months from October 2010 to April 2011 getting to know the people at the dump and documenting their lives.

He says what he saw was was “from another world”, but that the people are happy.

Here Havana shares his photos and stories with ABC News Online.

One day in Cambodia a boy told me he had been living for many years in the rubbish dumps. I tried hard to get permission to visit them but I didn’t, so I made the decision to go without permission. What I saw there was from another world.

In total there are about 500 people working there, most of whom also live, sleep, eat and drink there. After working for several months in the dumps I even saw a child birth.

With 34 per cent of the total population living on less than $1 a day, those in the dumps, at least they can find food and shelter. They earn about 35 cents per day for 14 hours’ work.
Posted by: | Posted on: September 10, 2011

Cambodian boy suckles from cow after parents leave

The pictures of Tha Sophat, a 20 months old toddler living in Koak Roka Siem Reap province, is pitiful worldwide. In third countries, the child development is at the most important agenda for the government. Tha Sophat is just an emerging sample reflecting thousands or hundred thousands of other Cambodian children whose future is wholly depending on the capability of their parents in upbringing them. Upbringing children in Cambodia is considered experiencing back to ancient era in which children were left alone at home, or depending on their young siblings, or depending on grandparents etc. In rural areas, don’t mention about nutrition for children, only rice with salt on plate are hard to find for those children to eat.

Currently, I observe my 13 months old daughter is luckier than me when I was a toddler; but she seems share the same character like me as she picks and eats everything on the floor. Frankly, I ate every small piece picking up from the ground to including trunks and leaves of the trees till I was 11 years old.

Tha Sophat might be luckier than other street children who are making a living by scavenging. Tha Sophat has reserved a very compassionate cow who are not harming him but accepting him as her extra son by providing her fresh milk everyday!

In Canada, no children are left on the street. No children are left in home without adult attendance. No children are left in home without schooling if their ages are 5 years old up. Parents are arrested if they have violated such as leaving children alone or with minor without adult attendance, have not sent children to school at their schooling age, or feeding children without having sufficient nutrition food etc.

Personal Opinion

The Associated Press

KOAK ROKA, Cambodia—A Cambodian man says his young grandson has lived partly on milk he suckles directly from a cow since the boy’s parents left their rural village in search of work.

Um Oeung says 20-month-old Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after he saw a calf do the same.

Um Oeung told The Associated Press he pulled the boy away at first. He relented after his grandson protested loudly and the boy has suckled the cow’s milk once or twice a day since then.

Tha Sophat has lived with his grandparents in Siem Reap province in northwest Cambodia since his parents moved to Thailand in search of work.

Um Oeung said Friday the cow doesn’t mind the young boy suckling but he is worried about his grandson’s health if he continues.

Tha Sophat, the little toddler who suckles on cow after his parents had to leave to work in Thailand

Tha Sophat, a 20-month-old boy, suckles from a cow in Koak Roka village, Siem Reap province, Cambodia
Tha Sophat started suckling the cow after he saw a calf do the same
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