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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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From life on the streets to Head Chef

Abandoned by her mother when she was three years old and then abused by her aunt during her teenage years, Saroeun had a rough start in life. At the age of 17, she decided...

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At The Summit Of Social Gastronomy!

This fascinating and exciting update on TREE Alliance at Gastromotiva 2018 comes via Anton Ventslav, TREE Chef Coordinator, based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  “TREE Alliance was among those invited to the 2nd ever Social Gastronomy Summit, ‘Gastromotiva...

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Children’s Day – Partners In Child Protection

ChildSafe Movement are delighted with the recent recognition of leading travel business G Adventures as the first ChildSafe Certified Global Travel Organization. Certification involved a stringent review of G Adventures processes and policies to...

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Voluntourism & Orphanages, Challenges Remain

In Cambodia, Friends-International has worked closely with the Government, other agencies and partnerships such as 3PC, for over ten years now in ending the plight of the thousands of children who have been unnecessarily...

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Education For Chenda

A child’s right to education is the centerpiece of this story from one of our Cambodia programs. Chenda* is  ten years old and lives with her grandmother and sister in a simple house constructed of zinc...

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Joy, first trainee at Let’s Eat Vientiane

Joy* a cheerful 17 year-old girl, started her vocational training at Let’s Eat, our newest restaurant in Vientiane, Laos in August. She was actually the first student to join the training! From Champasak province...

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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...