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ស្រុក/ខ័ណ្ឌ : Mean Chey
ឃុំ/សង្កាត់ : Boeng Tumpun
Cambodia is on the rise. The economy is growing at a high rate, investments are pouring in from overseas, and Phnom Penh is transforming into a modern capital city. Yet the country is emerging from a troubled history that includes a decade of brutal war and genocide in the 1970′s and a more recent AIDS epidemic that killed well over 100,000 Cambodians. Today more than 20 percent of Cambodians continue to live in dire poverty, and many still lack access to education and basic health services. One lingering wound in Cambodia is that nearly 10,000 children are growing up in more than 220 registered orphanages. But studies done in Cambodia and worldwide raise questions that deserve our attention. We need to ask ourselves if we can do better. Are orphanages and shelters really the best way to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, especially after a crisis has passed? And are the children in orphanages really orphans at all? Many orphanages work diligently to provide children with safety, food, and education, but many others function like businesses with poor children and “child sponsorships” as their products. Both good and bad, they are all institutions by nature. In February, 2012 the Ministry of Social Affairs in Cambodia announced a new policy aimed at keeping Cambodian children out of institutions in favor of family based care. The government has begun to challenge existing orphanages to transition into community centers that work with local leaders to strength and support families. Can we do better? The growing consensus says yes, we can. Whether we will, or not, is a matter of leadership and action, together with changes in the way we invest money and resources for the sake of children in need.
Although many people believe that orphanages are a good solution to caring for orphans and vulnerable children, research worldwide tells us that this type of long term residential care negatively impacts the lives of the children in the long term, and that carefully assessed and monitored care in families and communities is far more preferable for the vast majority of vulnerable children. Currently in Cambodia, there are 256 orphanages registered with the Government, and at least half as many again which remain unregistered. Nearly 3000 young people aged between 0 and 25 are living in orphanages in Phnom Penh, one third of them are aged 15 to 25. Levels of abuse, violence and exploitation in these orphanages are high, and young people are not being taught the life skills necessary to be independent and to keep themselves safe when they return to live in communities. They were taken into the orphanages because they were seen as vulnerable. This vulnerability hasn’t been removed, it has only been delayed, and often, increased. Young adults still living in the orphanages fear that their future holds only friendlessness, rejection, exploitation, discrimination, loneliness, homelessness, starvation and victimisation. A large group of young adults who have already left orphanages and live in various places around Phnom Penh reports that they are being abused by employers, rejected and criticised constantly by neighbours, and fear for their lives. Most are surviving on less than $1 a day, and 100% of them have been homeless at some point during their transition out of the orphanages. The majority of children and young people living in Cambodia’s orphanages today have parents and other relatives who could be supported to look after them. The tragedy is that most of them will not be able to return to live with their families after they leave the orphanages, as they have become disconnected and alienated from them. It is not that there are orphanages because there are orphans; there are orphans because there are orphanages. Those who do not have relatives also have the right to be brought up in a family. M’lup Russey previously worked under the name ICC-Project SKY, and has recently registered as a Local Non-Governmental Organisation in Cambodia. The 2012 project evaluation confirmed that M’lup Russey is the only programme in Cambodia concentrating on supporting the reintegration of children in residential care. Key team members of M’lup Russey have worked in the field of alternative care for up to 12 years, and advised on the writing of government policy documents, specifically the Minimum Standards for the Alternative Care of Children and the Policy on Alternative Care, as well as collaborating on seminal residential care research published by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) in 2012. As a result, M’lup Russey has a very strong relationship with MoSVY, and project staff have an in-depth knowledge of policy and key persons within in the Ministry. As a result, M’lup Russey continues to be in the position of both advising on evolving government policy and supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia in its work to implement existing alternative care policy.
We value the people, empowering Cambodias society. We value encouragement, cooperation, integrity and responsibility. We value a high quality of work.
Our mission is to support, nurture and strengthen families in communities so that they have the ability in managing and caring for family members, especially children. Provide services to young people, so that they can live safely in communities and develop as healthy individuals and to promote best practice in alternative care.
Safe communities, transformed by hope, strengthened by stability, for a sustainable future.
1. Authority Support
2. Community Support
3. Social Work Technical Support
4. Youth Support