Cambodia Orphanage Established Nov 2015
17 Nov 2015
It gives us great pleasure to announce that our organisation has completed an orphanage establishment project in Cambodia. Our special thanks goes to Sirius College, Melbourne for their campaigning and collecting the majority of the funds for the orphanage.
Located in the Kampong Cham city of Cambodia, the project was developed in partnership with our local partner Mekong Charity. While the ARO has provided the necessary funds to purchase the furniture and white goods for the complex, Mekong Charity will be covering the ongoing running costs for the house, including rent and sustenance for the orphans.
With a maximum of 40 beds capacity, this critically important solidarity project has provided a friendly environment for 24 orphans (who study at high school at present), where they can stay and eat free of charge and concentrate on their studies.
The inauguration ceremony was held on 17 November 2015 with Cambodian dignitaries and a delegation from Australia travelled to Kampong Cham for the ceremony.
Heang Sine; Undersecretary of State, Toun Sokhom; Head of Provincial Department of Education, Cihan Tumen; CEO of the Australian Relief Organisation and Hakan Atasever; Executive Director of Mekong Charity addressed the attendees during the ceremony and expressed their well wishes for the project.
It was all smiles at the Kampong Cham Youth Solidarity House when our volunteers Amro Abdelkarim, Haisam Jackson, Omar Baarini, Fatma Ismail, Fatma Saglica and Yildiray Odemis socialised with the children and provided gifts, clothing and allowances.
We would like to thank all our donors and volunteers who supported this auspicious project.
As the major sponsor of our “Kampong Cham Youth Solidarity House” project, a group of Year 12 graduates from Sirius College, Melbourne has recently travelled to Cambodia and visited the project at its original location.
Symbolising the initiation of operations, the Group cut a ribbon at the House and has received a certificate of appreciation for their efforts. A plaque of appreciation was also installed at the establishment to acknowledge the efforts of Class of 2015.
Developed by the Australian Relief Organisation and our partner in the country; Mekong Charity, this critically important project has provided a friendly environment for 24 orphans (who study at high school at present), where they can stay and eat free of charge and concentrate on their studies. With a maximum of 40 beds capacity, the project has room for growth in the future.
The Sirius College group later travelled to other locations in Cambodia and visited a water well which their school has sponsored earlier.
We thank Sirius College Melbourne for supporting this vitally important humanatarian project and the Class of 2015 for their fundraising efforts.