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To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it,Plato

2014 in review

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Written by Logue

02/01/2015 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Opinion: Corrupt power is power corrupted?

Is stealing work time a crime? Surely it is!

Ethicist said, “just to think about to do it, if you were charged with official duty and public trust, it’s already unethical and a theft.“

Steal and exploitation or intent to cheat is a sin in the Buddhist thinking. Moreover under the law, it is criminal and immoral to infringe on governmental oath and codes of ethics.

But in Cambodia, no one dared to think or speak up about such societal problems. There seemed to be no body business to be concerned about the officials’ unbecoming conducts and abuses of power. The gossips go on viral that the governmental high officials and notable elitists in the ministerial ranks have chatted away and have flirted online with young but married women; especially, the chatter boxes on Facebook and Skype during work hours?

Presently on the social media pages and networks there is no mechanism or codes to stop people from surfing internet and stay on line indefinitely.

No one paid attention to Cambodian toothless laws or individual sense of responsibility. Usually they are poor in morality and ethical value and esteem in self censorship and governmental accountability.

So they say, in Cambodia, the most corrupted people are the ones hold too much power in government.

The questions go:

 

Will this be egregious enough for the proper Anti Corruption Unit attention to prosecute and investigate such behaviors?

Is Cambodian government full of these flawed characters and so what will the government do to curb this?

Are they the public servants or the philandering beasts in disguises under the governmental seals to seek and to satisfy own sexual appetites online?

Are these mischievous and lascivious activities, at the public expenses from the foreign donation and taxation, criminal acts?

Are the allegations true and substantial?

Is this part of their daily activities at work and on the official clock?

Now, I am wondering if you ,yes you the ministers, have done that too ?

 

Written by Logue

24/08/2014 at 6:24 pm

លោក សម រង្ស៊ី៖ អ្វីដែលនាំឲ្យ​​ CNRP ផ្លាស់ប្តូរលឿន ដោយសារ ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា CPP បោះឆ្នោតជូន

(ដើមអម្ពិល)ភ្នំពេញ៖ ប្រធានគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិ (CNRP) លោក សម រង្ស៊ី បានថ្លែងថា ចំណុចសំខាន់ដែល ធ្វើឲ្យគណបក្ស របស់លោក ប្រែមុខមាត់យ៉ាងឆាប់រហ័ស នៅក្នុង រយៈពេលដ៏ខ្លី ដោយសារតែមានការគាំទ្រ របស់សមាជិកក្រុម ប្រឹក្សាឃុំ-សង្កាត់ គណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា (CPP) បោះឆ្នោតជូន។

ការថ្លែងរបស់លោកបែបនេះ បានធ្វើឡើងនៅក្នុងពិធី សំណេះសំណាលជាមួយបងប្អូន ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ នៅពហុកីឡា ដ្ឋានខេត្តក្រចេះ នាព្រឹកថ្ងៃទី៥ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៤។

លោក សម រង្ស៊ីបានបញ្ជាក់ថា “ អ្វីដែលនាំមកនូវការផ្លាស់ប្តូរយ៉ាងឆាប់រហ័ស ច្បាស់លាស់មែនទែន គឺមានក្រុម ប្រឹក្សាគណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា បានបោះឆ្នោតជូន គណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិ”។

នៅព្រឹកថ្ងៃទី៥ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៤នេះ មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលព័ត៌មានដើមអម្ពិល បានទាក់ទង មន្រ្តីជាន់ខ្ពស់គណបក្សប្រ ជាជនកម្ពុជាលោក ជាម យៀប ដើម្បីសុំការ អធិប្បាយ ប៉ុន្តែលោកមិនទទួលទូរស័ព្ទឡើយ៕

គណបក្ស​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​អាច​មិន​ចូលរួម​ការបោះឆ្នោត​ជា​ថ្មី ប្រសិនបើ​ផែនការ​ដោះស្រាយ​វិបត្តិ​របស់​អា​ប់​ភិស៊ី​តត្រូវបដិសេធ​

គណបក្ស ​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​បាន​គំរាម​ធ្វើពហិការ​ការបោះឆ្នោត​សកល​ជាថ្មី​ប្រសិនបើ​សំណើ ​របស់​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សំរាប់​កំណែ​ទំ​​រង់​ជាតិ​មិន​ត្រូវ​បាន​អើពើ​។​ ​អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​គណបក្ស បា​និយាយ​កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ម្សិលមិញ​ថា ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ​អាច​នឹង​អូសបន្លាយ​បើ​សំណើ​របស់​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​តត្រូវ​​បាន​ បដិសេធ ដែល​នឹង​មានន័យ​ថា​ការប្រឆាំង​តវ៉ា​និង​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​អាច​រារាំង​ការបោះឆ្នោត ​ថ្មី​ណា​មួយ​ដូច​គ្នា​នឹង​ការបោះឆ្នោត​ថ្ងៃ​២​កុម្ភៈ​។​

​លោក​ចា​ វ៉ា​ណុន​បាន​និយាយថា ក្នុងករណីនេះ ប្រទេស​នឹង​វិល​ទៅ​កាន់​ចំណុច​ដើម​និង​គ្មាន​ផ្លូវ​ដែល​គណបក្ស​ចូលរួម​ក្នុង ​ការបោះ​​ឆ្នោត​ទេ​។​

កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ព្រហស្បត៍ ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ លោក​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​ត វេចា​ជីវ៉ា បាន​និយាយថា​លោក​នឹង​មិន​ឈរ​ឈ្មោះ​បោះ​​ឆ្នោត​ប្រសិនបើ​គ្រប់​ភាគី​ទទួល​យក​ សំណើ​របស់​លោក​សំរាប់​កំណែ​ទំរង់​។​លោក​ថា ចំណាត់ការ​នេះ​មាន​បំណង​បង្ហាញ​មិនមាន​​របៀបវារៈ​បង្កប់​នៅក្នុង​យុទ្ធនាការ ​របស់​លោក​ដើម្បី​បញ្ចប់​ភាពជាប់គាំង​នយោបាយ​។​

​តែ​ការសន្យា​របស់​ លោក​បាន​ជួប​ការជំទាស់​ពី​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ចាំ​ផ្ទះ​យី​ង​ឡាក់ ស៊ីណា​វ៉ាត ដែល​បាន​និយាយថា លោក​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​ត​គួរ​កុំ​ភ្ជាប់​លក្ខណ្ឌ​ទៅនឹង​សំណើ​របស់​លោក ។​

​ យី​ង​ឡាក់​គ្រោង​នឹង​ជួបពិភាក្សា​ជាមួយ​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​ត​ដើម្បី​ពិភាក្សា​សំណើ​ នេះ​នៅថ្ងៃនេះ​។​ ​តែ​លោក​អ្នកនាំពាក្យ ចា​វ៉ា​ណុន បាន​និយាយថា លោកស្រី​យី​ង​ឡាក់​គួរ​ផ្តល់​ការពន្យល់​ច្បាស់លាស់​មួយ​ចំពោះ​សាធារណជន ប្រ​​សិន​បើ​លោកស្រី​ច្រានចោល​សំណើ​របស់​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​ត​។​

​ថ្លែង​ ក្នុង​ទូរទស្សន៍​Blue Sky​កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ម្សិលមិញ លោក​អាប់​ភិស៊ី​ត​បាន​និយាយថា លោក​សុំ​ដកខ្លួន​ចេញពី​ការ​ឈរឈ្មោះ​នៅក្នុង​​ការបោះ​ឆ្នោត​ណាមួយ​ដើម្បី​ បង្ហាញ​ថា លោក​មិន​ទទួល​ផល​ចំណេញ​អ្វី ប្រសិនបើ​សំណើ​របស់​លោក​សំរាប់​កំណែ​ទំរង់​ត្រូវបាន​ទ​ទួ​​ល​យក​ពី​ គ្រប់ភាគី​៕

ខ្មែរក្រហម គឺជាអ្នកបោះឆ្នោត អោយនាយក ដេកជោរ សែន ឈ្នះកាលកន្លងមក៍

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ភ្នំក្រងក់សៀមយកក្រោយ សម័យ ៧ មោហ៍រាហ៍

ស្មេរ ន ប មេសាទី១២ ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤

អតីតភូមិមូលដ្ឋាន ខាងលិច ជ្រុងខាងលិច-ជើង និង ខាងជើង ជាអតីតកងប្រដាប់អាវុធកម្ពុជាប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ បោះពាក្យ សត្យហើយ!

នាមុនពេលចូលឆ្នាំខ្មែរ ថ្មីៗនេះ តាមបានទៅដល់និងជួបប្រាស្រ័យស្តាប់ពាក្យស្តី ជនមើមៗអតីតកងពលតូច-ធំ វរសេនាតូច-ធំ និងរដ្ឋាបាលពេទ្យយុទ្ធជន និងជាជន របស់ តាម៉ុក អៀងសារី ប៉ុលពត ជ័យជឿន និង មានលោក នាយសេនីយ៍ ផ្កាយមាស ៤ សុខ ភាពជាដើម ពីស្ថានភាពតានតឹងនិងជម្លោះបោកប្រាស់របស់រដ្ឋាភិបាលសព្វថ្ងៃ បានអោយដឹងថា៖

ពពួកគេទាំងនោះមិនពេញចិត្តនឹងអាកប្បកិរិយាក្នុងការប្រមាទខ្ជីរខ្ជារបស់រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលនីតិកាលទាំងអាទី៤និងទី៥នេះសោះ។

ពួកអតីតសមមិត្ត តតាំង នឹងយួនពិតៗ បានខោកបោះពាក្យថា៖

“វាខ្វះសមត្ថភាពនិងសុពលភាពក្នុងការតតបនឹងការរំលោភពីប្រទេសជិតខាងលើព្រំដែនដីទឹកកោះនិងសមុទ្រ។ ម៉្យាងទៀត ការដែលរដ្ឋាភិបាលយកលេសជម្រុះមន្រ្តីថ្នាក់មធ្យមនិងលើមធ្យមចេញពីការងារនិងដំណែងយោងលេសថាអាយុចូលនិវត្តន៍។

បានន័យថាពពួកលោកទាំងនោះអាក់អន់និងមិនសប្បាយចិត្តនឹងម៌ាយាទរដ្ឋមន្រ្តីនិងអធិបតីរបស់គេនោះទេ ដែលបានបោកប្រាស់ រាស្រ្តបំភ្លៃកេងសម្លេងឆ្នោតតាមឃុំ ភូមិដែលមានសមាន្យចិត្តចំពោះបក្សជំទាស់ហៅ សង្រ្គោះជាតិនោះទេ។”

លោកម្នាក់ធ្លាប់ជាបាវបំរើ ប៉ុលពតនិងបានត្រូវ លោកបងធំដេកជោរ សែន ដកចេញពីនាទីស្រុក បានប្រតិកម្មថា៖

“វាឈ្នះ ឆ្នោតលើកមុនៗមកពីពួកអញអំពាវនាវ សុំសមមិត្តធំៗអោយប្រាប់ជនក្រោមបង្គាប់ការជួយបោះឆ្នោតអោយអាបក្សប្រ ជាជនក្រោមក្តិតយួន នឹកស្មានថាវាគ្រាន់បើ ដឹងអីមកទល់ ពេលនេះវានាំគ្នា លួចមហាលួច មិន ស្វាងរួចយកស្បែកក្តវាហាល ស្រូវបរទេសដាក់ទានអោយ?? នេះជាលើកចុង ក្រោយហើយអាវ៉ាអើយ!”

ពាក្យនេះមិនធម្មតាទេ បើតាមត្រចៀក ជនធម្មតាស្តាប់វិញនោះ។

លោកម្នាក់ទៀតទើបនឹងបានដកចេញពីដំណែងជា នាយប្រធានបញ្ជាការដ្ឋាននគរបាលការពារព្រំ ដែនសៀម-ខ្មែរ ច្រកតា មាន់តូច តាមាន់ធំ ថា៖

“អញមិនលុញពងអោយអ្ហែងទៀតទេក្នុងអាណត្តិថ្មីមុខនេះ អញនឹងប្រាប់គ្នាបងប្អូនអញអោយឃោសនាជួយ បក្សមិនមែន ជាបក្សទ្រក្តិតក្តយួននិងអាបន្លំ ថាខ្មែរអោយមកកាន់អំណាចវិញ។”

ស្មេរ ន ប នេះ បានស្តាប់យ៉ាង បះសក់ និងពាក្យដ៏មានទឹកដមនេះ។

លោកមួយទៀតជាអតីតកម្មាភិបាលកងការពារសន្តិសុខប្រធានរដ្ឋាភិបាលត្រីភាគីពោលទាំងកំហឹងថា៖”វាភ្លេចថា ទ្រង់សីហ មុនីនិងជាមហាក្សត្រិយ៍ សព្វថ្ងៃ លោកធ្លាប់បានមករស់នៅដាំស្ពៃទុកជ្រក់អោយអាពុកលោកហូប។លោកមិនភ្លេចទេ គឺពួក កម្ពុជាប្រជាធិប តេយ្យនេះហើយដែលល្អនឹងលោកព្រមគ្រួសារលោកណាស់។ លោកស្តាយពេលនិងកម្លាំងតតាំងខ្មាំងរបស់ ពពួកសមមិត្តណាស់គឺភាគធំពួកគាត់បានគ្រាន់តែ ឡើង ឯអាអ្នកបេះ គឺជាជន លុញពង លិទ្ធកតិតយួន ទាំងពូជវិញសោះ។”
ការសាបព្រោះខ្យល់ដែលពូតផ្តុំជាព្យុះរបស់បក្សកាន់អំណាចបានឈានមកដល់ផ្លូវបំបែកមុនវេលាបោះឆ្នោតសកលខាងមុខនេះ ប្រាកដមែនហើយ។

គឺថាមតិសង្ស័យជ្រុងតូចមួយបានស្មានទុកមក៍យូរហើយថាគឺកូនទម្ងន់ជញ្ជីងឈ្នះរបស់បក្សប្រជាជនគាំទ្រក្តិតយួន គឺនៅក្នុង ដៃខ្មែរក្រហមមែន។

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4 January 2014 at 20:28

លិខិត សំលេងអ្នកអាននិងស្តាប់វិទ្យុសេរី (អនាមិក)

(កំណត់៖ផងយើងបានទទួលនិងកែសម្រួលលិខិតអនាមិកដែលបានសុំអោយបន្តចែកផ្សាយជូនជាសាធារណ។ពាក្យខ្លឹមសារលិខិតជាគំនិតដើមរបស់ស្មេរលិខិតនេះ)

អស់អ្នកវិភាគនរកយក៍បាយអាចម៏ក៏រែកមួយក្តាប់ស្វាបានក្អកគ្រហែម យកមុខដូចម្លូរអាល។គេបានអួតថាបាន កោះហៅក្សត្រិយ៍អោយលោកមកស្រាយចំណងសីមាដែលលោកអង្គឯងបានចងអន្ទងព្រលឹងអោយក្រុម ល្មើស ច្បាប់ទាំងងងើលពីខាងដើមគឺបានព្រមប្រគល់សិទ្ធិអោយពួកក្រហមបែបយួនហាណូយកាន់អំណាចផ្តាច់ខ្យល់

ផ្តាច់សិទ្ធិរាស្រ្តបន្ត៥ឆ្នាំតទៅទៀតទោះក្រោយពីទ្រង់បានព្រះតំរិះដឹងថាការបោះឆ្នោតជាការប្រវ័ញ្ចន៍ឆន្ទៈរាស្រ្ត និងវិញ្ញាណរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញរួចទៅហើយក៏ដោយ។យើងជឿថាក្សត្រិយ៌សីហមុនីទ្រង់មិនភ្លើទេព្រោះទ្រង់ជាបុត្រារបស់ព្រះធម្មិកចេះរាំបាលេនិងសញ្ជាតិឆេកូទ្រង់

ចេះច្រើនភាសាស្ទាត់ដូច្នវហើយបានជាទ្រង់មិនសូវច្បាស់ខ្មែរទេ។

ក្នុងចំណោមលោកមោហ៍ហារព្រោកអាចម៏ក៏រែកទាំងនោះមានមោហ៍ហារព្រោកម្សៀរខ្វេះមួយនោះបែបមិនដឹង

ថាខ្យល់មានធាតុដើមស្អីខ្លះនៅឡើយទេមករក៍ត្រដរចង់ដកដង្ហើមជំនួសអោយគេទូទាំងប្រទេស។ ឯអង្គអាត្មាម្សៀរខ្វេះឯងវិញកុហកខ្លួនឯងម៉ែពុកនៅមានជិវិតរស់ជ្រងរៗហ៊ានហារមាត់ថាលោកស្លាប់អស់។ ឬកចរិតពាលាចោលបង្សៀតបង់បោះកូនប្រពន្ធចោលផ្ទះចោលដំណែងនិងហ៝ានបំពានលាក់បាំងកំហុសទោស

ខុសច្បាប់បែរមកចំកាងស្រែកយក៍គួរថ្ពិនភ្នែករាស្រ្តទាំងបមាទសមត្ថភាពលោកដោយស្មានថាលោកភ្លើមិនចេះ

មិនយល់ឬកម្សៀរខ្វេះឯងនេះសោះ។សួរថាម្សៀរខ្វេះនេះសាសន៍អីកាន់សាសនាអីក៏ថ្លើមធំម៉្លេះហ៝ានមក៍កុហកបំភ័ន្តរាស្រ្តអ្នកស្តាប់យ៉ាងអត់កេរ្តិអត់ខ្មាស់

សោះអីចឹង?តើលោកកើតមក៍ជាសត្វអំបៅតាំងពីណាណីមក៍តែម្តងឬក៏បានកើតជាដង្កូវជាមុនសិន?

ម្សៀរខ្វេះមោហ៍ហារព្រោកនេះសូម្បីតែគូថខ្លួនជាប់លាមកស្រកាក់ក៏នៅតែហារមាត់អួតថាមានតែអញទេដែលជាកំ

ពូលមានឈានអភិញ្ញាណហើយកំពុងតែយល់សប្តិច្រឡំថាគ្មាននរណាចេះដល់ខ្លួនទេ។

ព្ធដ៏មោហ៍ហារព្រោកវិភាគអាចម៏ក៏រែកអើយល្មមកែប្រែម៌ាយាទហើយដឹងក្រែងខ្មាស់កូនក្មេងថ្ងៃ មុខណាម្សៀរ!

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After Two Decades, Friends-International Keeps on Changing

By | February 9, 2014

Sebastien Marot had expected Cambodia to only be a stopover on his way to Japan when he first landed in Phnom Penh in 1994.

As a young man, he was posted at the French Embassy in Japan during his mandatory national service. Later he worked briefly for a Japanese broadcasting network, and then spent three years in sales and marketing at the French cosmetics giant L’Oreal in Paris.

Missing Asia, especially Japan, Mr. Marot decided to return. But first he would make a visit to Cambodia, a country that had been much in the news since the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement in 1991. The sight of street children sleeping on sheets of cardboard near Central Market made him change his plans.

How could there been such poverty in Cambodia, he wondered, after scores of countries had spent billions on the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (Untac), which organized the 1993 election, and there were still huge development programs and a plethora of NGOs and international organizations in Phnom Penh.

“Rebuilding a country without ‘rebuilding’ the kids made no sense to me: It seemed an unspeakable waste,” Mr. Marot said.

Mr. Marot and a group of foreign friends pooled their resources so he could open a modest shelter for street children and set up a class to give them a basic education.

“I thought I would stay here three months, then turn this over to Cambodians and leave for Japan,” he said. But there was always more to do and so he never left.

Today, he is executive director of Friends-International, the regional arm of Mith Samlanh (‘close friend’ in Khmer), the organization he launched in Phnom Penh two decades ago.

Map Somaya, the first Cambodian to work as a volunteer at the organization in the 1990s, is now the program director for Mith Samlanh. As she explained, the organization’s goal has always been to create a safe environment for street children and teenagers while giving them training so they can have better lives. This has meant providing the homeless and very poor with basic services, ranging from simple healthcare to helping them find shelter, and setting up education programs so children can catch up with school and teenagers can acquire a trade.

In Phnom Penh, Mith Samlanh’s staff in the field and at their center on Street 13 work with 1,500 to 1,800 young people per day, which often involves dealing with their families and siblings as well, Ms. Somaya said.
Friends now has a center in Siem Reap City called Kaliyan Mith, or ‘good friend,’ and runs programs in other parts of the country in cooperation with organizations such as Mlop Tapaang in Sihanoukville, for whom Friends operates the restaurant Sandan as a training center.

The idea of setting up a restaurant training center for street children came from German chef Gustav Auer who, coming to Mith Samlanh as a volunteer in 2000, concluded that the small number of international eateries in Phnom Penh at the time would make it feasible to launch a restaurant where students would train as chefs or in customer service and management, he said.

However, launching Friends The Restaurant was a challenge, Mr. Auer recalled. “We had a very small budget, so we bought everything second-hand: second-hand furniture, second-hand fridge, and everything broke down.” It also was difficult to find basic equipment such as stainless steel counters since goods and products available in Cambodia at the time were rather limited, he said.

When the restaurant initially opened in February 2001 with teams of teachers and students to handle each task, it proved difficult to attract customers as people were conjuring a bleak image of being served by poor kids in a place run by an NGO, Mr. Auer said. But Friends The Restaurant was soon a success, which led Mith Samlanh to open another eatery, Romdeng, with an all-Khmer menu.

Training students often involves much more than just restaurant service skills, said Sao Sokunthy, a former Mith Samlanh student now in charge of service training at all Friends-International restaurants. When young people have had to fare for themselves on the street, living more or less outside of society, they often need to learn everything from reading and writing Khmer to learning to respect teachers, she said.

Moreover, since today’s young people can easily make money on the street by selling newspapers and flowers, begging, or dealing in drugs, it’s not always easy to convince them to spend at least a year training for a job in a restaurant, Ms. Sokunthy said.

“We have to change the young person’s mind…to show them a future, how to think ahead, not to think from one day to the next,” Mr. Auer explained. “When you’re poor, you don’t have the luxury to think one year ahead. You’re just happy to have rice for the next day. So it’s a very challenging thing to do, to make them understand.”

Still, Friends has trained more than 1,500 young people since launching its restaurant training program, and all the graduates have found employment, he said.

The training restaurant Makphet was launched in 2006 in Vientiane. It was part of Friends’ program set up in Laos at the request of the Lao government, which was concerned by the increasing number of children on the streets, Mr. Marot said. A second restaurant is scheduled to open later this year in Luang Prabang. Another one is due to open in Bangkok as an extension of Friends’ programs in Thailand.

In the 2000s, Friends received funding to look into child trafficking in Bangkok, where it was believed Cambodian children were being used for child prostitution and begging, Mr. Marot said. “We went to work with this concept of child trafficking on the streets of Bangkok. And for months, we searched and searched to uncover trafficking but kept finding nothing,” he said.

Such trafficking may have existed 15 years ago, but no longer: Today, Cambodian children and teenagers migrate voluntarily with or without their families in the hope of making money in Thailand, where they risk being exploited, he said. “Using today this old concept [of trafficking] would make us focus on the wrong issue and come up with the wrong response,” Mr. Marot said.

So, switching gears, Friends developed programs for child immigrants, setting up a center on the Thai side of the border at Poipet and working with Thai authorities in prisons where illegal immigrants are sent.

Friends’ Thailand has teams of workers who speak Khmer and Lao so they can communicate with the youngsters and prepare their repatriation, which is the best outcome for them, Mr. Marot said. This involves tracking down their families and making sure the children will be in a safe environment when they return to

Cambodia, a task that can only be accomplished by working in cooperation with other organizations, he said.
Friends also runs the program Peuan Peuan for Thai street children in Bangkok and is about to launch a full program in Burma.

In addition, the organization became involved in Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami and now runs a program in Jakarta, where it is developing emergency responses for the mega city, where even street kids have mobile phones.

Services for emergencies, which may range from a woman about to give birth on the street to children being physically or sexually abused, must be tailored to each region, explained Sebastien Le Mouellic, Friends’ coordinator for the CYTI Alliance—a group of organizations with similar goals in Cambodia, Egypt, Honduras and six other countries.

In Cambodia, there must be a hotline and staff on standby at several locations to ensure a quick response, he said, while in Jakarta, one can start helping through mobile phones and other devices that even street people tend to have.

Adapting responses not only to areas but also to social change over time is one of the biggest challenges that Friends faces, Ms. Somaya of Mith Samlanh said. In the past, Phnom Penh’s homeless and street children lived downtown on empty lots and in squatter areas, she said. But as development took off in the center of the city, they moved to the outskirts. Mith Samlanh is now setting up centers in the suburbs and will offer training programs at some of those locations.

Operating on a regional basis is also part of this adaptation process since development in the region, which will include new road and railway networks, is prone to boost migration of the poor and young people looking for work, leading to drug and other forms of trafficking, Mr. Marot said.

Friends’ ChildSafe campaign is now conducted in four countries and will soon be launched in the Philippines at the government’s request. This program involves working with hotels and the tourism industry as well as tuk-tuk drivers and the local authorities to prevent sexual and other abuse of children.

In Cambodia, Friends has also launched a campaign to make tourists aware that some orphanages use children as excuses to raise money, opening their premises to visitors as if the children were exhibits to be toured. The lack of visitor screening at those institutions not only exposes children to potential child abusers, but is prone to disrupt children’s emotional balance by having them constantly meeting with strangers, Mr. Marot said.

Getting enough funds to care for the poorest children has been far from being easy. In the early years, Mr. Marot did translations and other jobs at night to keep Friends going. He remembers one Friday night in 1996 when he announced at a staff meeting that he was about to drop the project due to a lack of funds. But the following Monday, a call came in: Friends had been approved by Australia’s AusAid for a grant, he said. Unicef and other organizations soon followed suit.

Over the years, Friends has accumulated a number of awards, including the Order of Australia for Service to Humanity in 2002; the Gold Medal of the Cambodian Government for the Reconstruction of the Country in 2005; and the Arab Gulf Fund Award for Fighting the Phenomenon of Street Children last year.

“It’s the kids who make this all worthwhile,” Mr. Marot added. “When the kids pull through…when they get jobs, when one in a restaurant discreetly comes to say hello, that really feels great.”

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