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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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Youli’s Dream: Education For Her Children

Youli* is 33 years old. She lives with her husband and her 4 children in a Hmong community near Vientiane, Laos. We first met her in 2013 and have supported her family since then....

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Baby Milk Scam (Revisited)

(This guest post from Laureline, ChildSafe Technical Coordinator for our Siem Reap program in Cambodia, revisits a popular tourist scam which is putting infants at risk in the city and highlights what can be...

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Business Booms For Former Student!

Business is very much a part of the work undertaken by Friends-International programs. As a social enterprise, we ensure hands on experience for our young trainees in real business environments, enabling them to better move...

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Protect All Children. Migrants Too.

June 1st is International Children’s Day, and on this day we launch our ‘Protect All Children. Migrants Too.’ campaign to help support the forgotten children – the many thousands of migrant children who face...

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Km52, A Laos Project

Laos and Friends-International go back a long way. To 2004 to be exact, when the Peuan Mit (“Good Friends” in Lao) program launched in partnership with the Laos Ministry of Social Welfare in the...

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Futures Now!

Saturday 28th April saw the start of an amazing new adventure for Friends-International and Cambodia program Mith Samlanh, one that will radically transform the existing Mith Samlanh center in the heart of Phnom Penh into...

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Protection – Sharing Skills, Sharing Knowledge

Child Protection is a keystone of the holistic approach that the Friends Alliance programs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Switzerland take to saving Lives and Building Futures for youth, families and communities which...

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Partners In Responsible Tourism!

At the heart of our work (and first in our logo tagline!) is the word ‘Together’. We need strong and dedicated partners which share the same ethos that we have to help change young lives...

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Tourism Trends – Making Them Childsafe!

The ever-expanding global growth of travel and tourism has brought many different ways of ‘getting away from it all’. New variations of ‘experiential’ travel have emerged and are being seized on by the travel industry. These include...

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Foster Care & Building A Future – Yin

We spoke recently with Pisith, who is the Building Futures Program coordinator at Mith Samlanh, a ChildSafe Alliance and 3PC partner program which operates in Phnom Penh Cambodia. He talked to us about Yin,...

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Small Program, Big Impact!

In this post we take a brief look at the broad range of work undertaken by one of the smallest (in staff terms) of the Friends-International programs, the Chom Chao program in Cambodia. Chom...

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Together, let’s reopen Makphet!

We urgently need your support to help Friends reopen Makphet training restaurant in Laos. Over the past 10 years, Makphet has trained hundreds of disadvantaged youth in Vientiane, Laos. Leaving the streets behind for...

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Friends Thailand, Youth Protecting Youth!

We are very happy to share this exciting event that Peuan Peuan, the Friends Thailand program, recently participated in. We got the full story from Chanthana Le Mouellic, who is the Peuan Peuan Child Protection...