Plan Cambodia: Paving the way ahead

by Mom Chantara Soleil

Ratanakiri’s Mr. Phen Bunthoeun: A mother in Chay village cannot tell how old she is and her 12 children have no legal identity at all. Such an issue is quite common among far-flung ethnic minorities, making it an issue to cover them with public issues.

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Kampong Cham’s Mr. Yim Kim Than: Increasingly villagers latrine-less prefer not to start with dry pit latrine, but wait to save up for flush latrine. The trend needs shift in our sanitation approach.

Siem Reap’s Mrs. Pich Sophary: Though illegal migration is discouraged, youth and their family still migrate. This interrupts our activities involving them.

The above are examples of issues reflected in Plan Cambodia’s review of its operation after six month implementation in Phnom Penh.

“The child rights issues are complicated and inter-locked and this is the reason why we are here to join hands with the government to address them,” said the child organisation’s programme support manager Mr. Verma Prashant to 24 management staff.

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Between 1 June to 31 December 2012, the organisation spent 52% of its annual budget of 13.78 million US dollars – the funding that places it as the second largest child-focused INGO in Cambodia.

Paving the way ahead with focus on inclusion and community ownership, 11-year-old Plan in Cambodia is implementing almost 70 key interventions covering more than half of Cambodia.

Insights generated by the two-day gathering, according to Mr. Thy Sambath in charge of planning, monitoring and evaluation, will further clear the direction of Plan Cambodia.

The organisation’s interventions tackle survival, protection, development and participation issues of children from conception until adolescence, and cooperate with at least 37 partners.

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