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THINK – Support Families, Not Orphanages

  When we launched our ‘Children Are Not Tourist Attractions’ campaign with the support of UNICEF back in 2011 we hoped it would raise awareness and prompt behavior change in the public in relation...

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Thinking And Learning – A Journey With Friends

We are sharing another guest post with you from new staff member Maelle, as she continues to experience more and learn more during her time with Friends… “In the past four weeks, I have...

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Changing Lives With Friends-International

Maelle is our new Vocational Training Business Advisor at Friends-International. We’re sharing this piece she wrote for her own blog, about her early impressions of our work from her orientation week. The orientation is...

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Child Protection Takes Center Stage In Thailand

Vuthaya Charoenpal (Ann), Country Program Director for the Friends Thailand program Peuan Peuan updates us on the exciting developments in Child Protection happening across the country in Government-run Welfare Shelters.       ‘Wednesday...

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Needs Assessed In Siem Reap

The active participation of young people and beneficiary groups is crucial to how Friends develops its service provision. One example of how this works in practice is currently happening in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where...

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Off The Dumpsite!

  Venny from our Lao PDR project contacted us with some great news this week.  The program works with 120 children, youth and caretakers from scavenger families who live on the city dumpsite, KM36,...

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Dropping In To Siem Reap

Drop-in centers (DICs) form a key element of much of our  work across our programs. They allow our beneficiaries to access support and services outwith the times that outreach teams and services work, and...

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Nepal Earthquake – Further Crisis For Children.

The recent terrible earthquake in Nepal has exacted a toll on human lives which has triggered an overwhelming  rush of support and offers of help from outside the country. It has also, naturally, meant a...

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3PC Phase 2 – Enhancing Child Protection In Cambodia

On Thursday 30th April representatives from the Royal Cambodian Government, Friends-International, UNICEF and 14 partner organizations met to formally launch the second phase of the groundbreaking 3PC program. 3PC, which is an acronym for...

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New Year News (And More) From Laos

It’s been a busy few weeks for our program in Lao PDR, Peuan Mit. New Year celebrations have been in full swing, but before they got underway there was some important work to complete...

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Citizen Tips – Driving A Protective Agenda In Cambodia

On April 3rd the ChildSafe Network officially launches ‘7 Tips To Protect Children In Cambodia’, the first ChildSafe Citizen campaign. ChildSafe Citizen tips are based upon the highly successful and widely shared ‘7 Tips...

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Giving Blood Is Good

When, after seeing our campaign materials, people acknowledge that visiting orphanages, or giving to begging children is actually a harmful practice, they often ask ‘Well, what else can I do to help?’ What can you do?...

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Little Big Worlds Come To Kaliyan Mith

Dorette, our Kaliyan Mith (KM) program Technical Advisor for Non-Formal Education (NFE) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, sends us information on some amazing collaborative arts workshops that took place there this week – read on...

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Friends-International 3PC Program Review & Looking To The Future!

On February 12th 2015 representatives from the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) met with partner NGO’s from the Friends-International (FI) initiative 3PC (Partnership Program for the Protection of Children...