MOU to assist affected and vulnerable children in Cambodia

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with seven organizations aiming to assist affected and vulnerable children in Cambodia.

It is a three-year project with a budget of about $84 million targeting children in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kandal, Siem Reap, Pursat, Takeo, Kampong Chhnang, and Kratie provinces.

The seven organizations include Kaleb e.v, Cambodia; This Life Cambodia; Asia Hope Cambodia; Hope for the Silent Voices; M’lup Russey; New Future for Children; and Partners in Compassion.

Source: Khmer Times, May 20, 2020

Sub-decree on the implementation of program that provides funding support to pregnant women and children under two years old

The Cambodian government has issued a sub-decree on the implementation of program that provides funding support to pregnant women and children under two years old in order to improve mother’s and children’s welfare. This sub-decree aims to address malnutrition in poor family staring from pregnancy to two years old, contributing to support children’s physical and mental development.

Fresh News; Sub-decree 245

Programme to Reintegrate Children into Communities

The ministry has initiated a programme to no longer allow children under 3 to stay in orphanage by the end of 2018. The plan is to reintegrate 3500 children back into their families and communities. Five provinces were selected to pilot the programme and so far 449 have been reintegrated.

Khmer Times

Provide protection and prevent human trafficking, abuse and sexual exploitation

  • Amend policies and minimum standards for protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking and conduct training;
  • Develop policies, Prakas on minimum standard on residential care for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, prepare legal standard and tools for inspection on State and NGO centers, and prepare Prakas on establishing Poipet stops center (short-term stay) in Banteay Meanchey and constructing rehabilitation stops center (long-term stay)

Enhance elderly welfare

MoSVY will prepare and implement the functioning of Old People Service Centers and train the personnel or agents on care provision.

Enhance child welfare and youth rehabilitation

MoSVY will promote the adoption of the draft law on juvenile justice to protect the rights of the child in the justice system and prevent juvenile delinquency. The ministry will prepare sub-decree on the implementation of juvenile justice law, and carry out training on guidelines of its enforcement.

Entrust three functions to municipal, city, district, and communal administrations

The sub-decree is issued for the betterment of the welfare service of Cambodian children through transferring the decision-making and responsibility in delivering these services to the administration that is supposedly close to vulnerable and victimized children. This sub-decree also aims:

  • to transfer function of managing government’s childcare centers to municipal and provincial administration
  • to transfer function of monitoring NGO’s childcare centers to municipal, city and district administration, and
  • to transfer of function of managing caring services for vulnerable and victimized children in the community to municipal, city and communal administration.

Functional transfers also include the transfer of finance, property, and human resource.