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Yorn Raksa

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Yorn Raksa is 11years old and in grade 6. She has two sisters and three brothers and has lost both her parents. Rasa and her older brother live with her aunt but the other siblings live elsewhere.

Life is extremely difficult for this family as Rasa, her aunt and uncle all have HIV. Her brother does not have the virus.  In order to bring in some income her uncle lives away, up towards the Thai border, where he works on a cassava farm.

The Cambodian Government provides free HIV medication but patients must travel to the regional hospitals to receive the treatment. Each month Rasa’s aunt needs medicine from Sout Nikum Referral Hospital and Raksa can receive it from Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. If they have no means of transport to get to the hospital they miss out.

Hon Somnang

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Hon Somnang and her parents

Hon Somnang is 9 years old and in grade 3. She is an only child. Her father has HIV but her mother is clear.

They have no home and he has no employment. Currently they are being assisted by a neighbour in their village.

Chan Samneang

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Chan Samneang and her Mother

Chan Samneang is 6 years old and in kindergarten. She is living with her mother. Samneang used to live at one of the orphanages in Siem Reap but she has been reintegrated back to live with her mother.

They are homeless and are now living under a neighbour’s house.  Her father abandoned them, leaving her and her youngest brother with her mother.

Choy Ratana

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Choy Ratana’s home

Choy Ratana, 13 years old and in grade 6. He is living with his mother, grandmother and his nine siblings. The family has no farm land, just the house that was left to them by his step-father.

Ratana needs a bike cycle to go to school and needs some cash to support his study. We have been told by his mother and the officer of the District Social Affairs that because of his family difficulties and the distance to school he wants to quit his study.

Eam Chanthy

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Eam Chanthy and her step-sister Touch Chantha

Eam Chanthy, 11 years old and in grade 5. She is living with her mother, step-father and step-sister Touch Chantha, who is 6 years old and in grade one. Her mother’s name is Soa Chorn and she is 36 years old and her step- father’s name is Moa Morn and he is 51 years old.  Both parents have HIV, but the children are clear.  The parents wanted to place the children at the orphanage because they could see that they would get better care and education. This happens frequently where parents see that the life their children could have at the orphanage is better than what they could provide them.

Soa Chorn and Moa Morn

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Soa Chorn and Moa Morn both have AIDS. They are the parents of Eam Chanthy and Touch Chanta.  They were prepared to give up their children to an orphanage to give them a better life.

The Cambodian Government is increasingly concerned that this is a widespread practice. Families are being broken up because parents want a better life for their children. They see giving up their children to orphanages as the only way of enabling them to escape poverty and get a future.  The Government is encouraging all NGOs  to find ways to support children within their family framework rather than see families separated. This is the foundation of the New Beginnings initiative.

Meit Srey Tum

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Meit Srey Tum, an 8 years old girl, studying in grade 2, and living with her mother and grandmother. She and her mother are having HIV and no job is available for her mother. She has got 2 sons other living in Siem Reap with their uncle’s family but they do not have HIV.   Srey Tum has a problem with her voice so any time she speaks is not clear and she is so shy.

The family needs:

–       Rice  30kg/month.

–         1 kg of sugar, salt and fish and soy souse/ monthly.

–         1 bicycle for the children to school.

–        1 school bags.

–        20 books.

–        4 pens , 4 pencil and pencil 1 sharpener.

–        School uniform for 1 kids.

 

One of payment Cost:

1 set of school uniform X $ 10= $10

20 books x $0.25 = $ 5

4 pens x $0.25= $1

4 pencils x$ 0.1=$0.4

2 sharpeners x $0.125 = $0.25

1 School bag=$8

Total = $24.65

 

Monthly cost:

–        Rice 3 0kg x $0.63 –        $19
–        Fish souse 2 bottles x$0.75 –        $1.5
–        Soy souse 2 bottles x0.75 –        $1.5
–        Sugar 1 kg x $1 –        $1
–        Salt 1 kg x 0.75 –        $0.75
–        Cooking Oil 1 bottle x$1.75 –        $1.75
–        Garlic 0.5kg x$1 –        $0.5
–        Soup powder 0.5kg x$1.34 –        $0.7

Total

$26. 7

 

 

 

Hean Sieng Hai

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Hean Sieng Hai, a 9 years old boy and studying in grade 3. He has no family and his mother and father died three year after he was born by HIV/AIDs and he is getting from them. Now he is staying with his aunty who is the farmer with many children.

The family needs:

–       Rice  30kg/month.

–         1 kg of sugar, salt and fish and soy souse/ monthly.

–         1 bicycle for the children to school.

–        1 school bags.

–        20 books.

–        4 pens , 4 pencil and pencil 1 sharpener.

–        School uniform for 1 kids.

 

One of payment Cost:
1 bike x $45 = $45

1 set of school uniform X $ 10= $10

20 books x $0.25 = $ 5

4 pens x $0.25= $1

4 pencils x$ 0.1=$0.4

2 sharpeners x $0.125 = $0.25

1 School bag=$8

Total = $59.65

 

Monthly cost:

–        Rice 3 0kg x $0.63 –        $19
–        Fish souse 2 bottles x$0.75 –        $1.5
–        Soy souse 2 bottles x0.75 –        $1.5
–        Sugar 1 kg x $1 –        $1
–        Salt 1 kg x 0.75 –        $0.75
–        Cooking Oil 1 bottle x$1.75 –        $1.75
–        Garlic 0.5kg x$1 –        $0.5
–        Soup powder 0.5kg x$1.34 –        $0.7

 Total

 $26. 7

Hai Kim Hak

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Hai Kim Hak, a 52 years old man, is a construction worker and there are 8 members in his family. He has got HIV about 2 years ago and he did not know when he has it since he has got sick seriously and his wife took him to have a blood test. His wife concerns too much about living with him and she has many times to have a blood test but the result is shown that she has no HIV.  All his family members are no HIV, but they are very poor.  A 100kg of rice spend only 25 days for his family.

 

The family needs:
–       Rice 125kg/month.

–        All the children school supply.

One of payment Cost:
– All the children school supply= $50

Monthly cost:

–        Rice 125kg x $0.63 –        $78.75
–        Fish souse 2 bottles x$0.75 –        $1.5
–        Soy souse 2 bottles x0.75 –        $1.5
–        Sugar 1 kg x $1 –        $1
–        Salt 1 kg x 0.75 –        $0.75
–        Cooking Oil 1 bottle x$1.75 –        $1.75
–        Garlic 0.5kg x$1 –        $0.5
–        Soup powder 0.5kg x$1.34 –        $0.7

Total

$86.45