A Friends-International project funded by UNICEF and run in collaboration with the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs Veterans & Youth Rehabilitation (MOSAVY) was officially launched on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at the MOSAVY building.
The program, ‘Partnership Programme with Civil Society Organizations to Strengthen Child Protection Systems’, more readily known as 3PC, will run over a three year period and is aimed at strengthening child protection systems in Cambodia. The program will improve services through capacity building, develop holistic systems of child protection across the country, and will strengthen information sharing between organizations and government.
Friends-International will be coordinating the project with nine grassroots civil society organizations in five provinces including Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
The four main results to be achieved during the program’s three year implementation are:
1. Data, research and advocacy
2. Capacity building and social service provision
3. Communication and awareness raising in communities
4. Networking and communication
The nine Civil Society partner organizations taking part in this very exciting project are:
1. Komar Reagrey (KMR), Battambang
2. Opération Enfants du Cambodge (OEC), Battambang
3. Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) , Battambang
4. Damnok Toek (DT) / Goutte d’Eau (GE), Banteay Meanchey
5. Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), Banteay Meanchey
6. M’Lop Tapang (MT), Sihanoukville
7. Mith Samlanh (MS), Phnom Penh
8. Samatapheap Khnom Organisation (SKO), Phnom Penh
9. Kaliyan Mith (KM/FI), Siem Reap
Following the project launch, presided over by H.E. Ith Samheng, Minister of Social Affairs Veterans & Youth Rehabilitation, the UNICEF and FI project team conducted a group discussion and workshop of national and provincial collaboration of which representatives from the nine partner civil society organizations had a chance to meet and discuss the area of collaboration with government officers from their respective provinces.
This exciting and innovative project will pave the way for a greater coordinated approach to child protection that will roll out across Cambodia, and with that will, most importantly, help ensure that Cambodia’s children are better protected in the years to come.