First Hand features in Straits Times Article about Riverkids Project

Straits Times story May 22, 2010 Child-trafficking fight in danger A Singapore-based couple helping troubled families in Cambodia is appealing for help By veronica koh A niche charity in Cambodia run by a Singapore-based couple helping slum kids is appealing for funds, after a major donor who had pledged US$28,000 (S$39,400) pulled out. The anti-child-trafficking Riverkids Project is a non-governmental organisation that depends on individual donations. It has set up three help centres, all located within a 15-minute walk of one another, for troubled families in the capital, Phnom Penh. It was started in 2007 by a married couple, New Zealander Dale Edmonds and her Singaporean husband Jimmy Yap, who say they need US$45,000 to sustain the operations of the Riverkids Project for the rest of the year. The Riverkids Project works with troubled families in urban slum areas who are at high risk of child trafficking. It is a big problem in Cambodia where impoverished parents, in desperation, sometimes sell their children for cash. The headquarters of Riverkids is a 250 sq ft office here in Alexandra Village, where Ms Edmonds keeps in contact with the project’s 40 Cambodia-based staff by e-mail, phone and Skype. Mr Yap, 42, who runs an editorial consultancy, and his wife, 32, live in a four-room HDB flat in Ghim Moh. The couple have four children aged between 10 and 19, siblings who were all adopted from Phnom Penh. Three of them go to school here, and one of them is home-schooled. During the adoption process, the couple saw first-hand the problems of desperate parents and were moved to help. Ms Edmonds said:...

First Hand pledges $40,000 to Riverkids Project

Sunday, May 23, 2010   First Hand is really proud to announce that it has completed its food program for the Goutte d’eau centre at Neak Leong, having raised the $25,000 needed to provide food for a year for its 50 children.   The First Hand team really believes in providing the basic needs to the Cambodian children and has been overwhelmed with the support that we received during this last campaign.   Therefore we are really pleased to make a pledge to support Riverkids project in Phnom Penh for a food program of $40,000 to provide Riverkids with food for a year. This money will help the families in poverty stricken areas of Phnom Penh give their children nutritious lunches and dinners and also a snack during the day. It will also provide a food basket once a month for the whole family.   The Riverkids project is a charitable trust in Singapore that works to prevent child trafficking by giving support directly to Cambodian families in extremely poor areas. All the children in the project are at high-risk of being trafficked. Their families are unstable due to addiction, divorce, abuse and extreme poverty. First Hand is looking forward to working very closely with the Riverkids project over the next year.   The pledge to support the Riverkids was ‘kicked-off’ by a presentation made at the latest fundraising evening – Cocktails for a cause, of $5,000 to Dale Edmond the founder of the Riverkids Project.   First Hand will hold a sponsored walk in September and a Horse Racing Event in October and a Quiz night in November to support this program. See our...

Cocktails for a Cause

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 First Hand were delighted with the Cocktails for a cause evening held last week. It was a fantastic evening – great to catch up with many of our regular supporters but also wonderful to see so many new faces at this event. We were really honoured to have some of the Riverkids team attending the evening, especially Dale Edmonds – founder of the project. She gave a heart breaking account of some of her experiences in the poverty stricken areas of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and had the whole audience glued to every word! First Hand was delighted to announce the completion of it’s Food program in Neak Leong. And pledged support to Riverkids with the promise of raising $40,000 for a new food program supporting the Riverkids children and their families. for more photos click here Cocktail...

Canadian International School Garage Sale

Saturday, May 8, 2010 First Hand and the CIS PTA held a Garage sale at the CIS Toh Tuck Campus. It was a fantastic opportunity to clear out lots of unwanted items and help First Hand finish their food program which started at the end of last year. There was a great turn out from CIS parents – a total of 47 tables and a few fun activities to entertain the children on a sizzling hot Saturday morning. The morning raised a fabulous $1725! Thank you to everyone involved in organising the sale. Special thanks also goes to CIS’s Grade 2-5 class, who organised their own table with toys and books donated from the class. They raised a fabulous $152.50. Thank you Grade...