Dr Rith of Damnok Toek wins international Child 10 Award 2017

Dr Rith of Damnok Toek wins international Child 10 Award 2017

Congratulations to our dear friend Dr. Sam Sovvanarith (Dr. Rith to us!), Executive Director of Damnok Toek, on winning the Child 10 Award 2017. This award is given by the Reach for Change organisation in Stockholm, Sweden and identifies and supports Change Leaders – “exceptional individuals who have a strong desire to promote children’s rights, an innovative idea to change the world for children, and the passion and the drive to create this change.” Dr Rith was one of 10 winners from all around the world,  all grassroot children’s rights activists who are determined to eradicate the inequality and human rights violations many children face today. Dr Rith and Damnok Toek have been given the award in recognition of their important work helping children at risk of trafficking. “Due to socio-economic instability in Thailand and Cambodia, nearly 25 unaccompanied children cross the border each day in search of a better life. Damnok Toek aim to prevent child trafficking and sexual exploitation, rehabilitate traumatized youths and guide them to social inclusion.” For a short video, made by the Child 10 organisation, about Dr Rith’s work see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8MBYrWdk0 and for more about the Child 10 Award 2017 and Reach for Change see...
September 2017 First Hand Service Trip to Cambodia

September 2017 First Hand Service Trip to Cambodia

First Hand have recently returned from our latest service trip to Cambodia. Between 7-10 September 2017, 18 volunteers (adults and children) from Singapore travelled to Phnom Penh and Neak Loeung to deliver aid, meet our partners and help with projects at the centres. Top of our list of priorities was to deliver the 4 ‘tilt-in-space’ wheelchairs that had been specially ordered from Singapore to meet the specific requirements of 4 children with cerebral palsy, new to the Disability Centre at Damnok Toek Phnom Penh. While there, we further delivered a correctly sized walker for a teenage girl who also had mobility issues from cerebral palsy – she was overjoyed with her new device! Leading the visit to this centre was Singapore-based Rehab Consultant, Dr. Jenni Cowlishaw, who conducted medical assessments ahead of a future medical mission trip. First Hand committee members Annette and Carina helped assemble the wheelchairs with the local care staff and took measurements to check which extra bolstering should be customised from Singapore for the chairs. The visit generated great interest and excitement amongst the residents and it was heart warming to see that the donations were received so well. In addition to the wheelchairs we were able to bring with us more than 120kg of donations-in-kind that had been generously donated by our supporters in Singapore. These were handed over in Phnom Penh to our two partners Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia. These aid items consisted largely of sports equipment, school shoes, learning aids, healthcare supplies and baby clothes. We would especially like to thank the 3 teachers from Dulwich College Singapore who brought...
Training session with ‘Writing Through’ in October

Training session with ‘Writing Through’ in October

Please check out our new friends at ‘Writing Through’ who offer creative writing workshops to schools and NGOs in Cambodia and Singapore. Their next training session in Singapore is on October 27th 2017. For more info please check out their website: http://writingthrough.org/singapore/ and a recent video about their amazing...
First Hand and Blu Kouzina Summer Wine Evening raises $10,378!

First Hand and Blu Kouzina Summer Wine Evening raises $10,378!

Thank you to all our guests, sponsors and especially to Blu Kouzina Greek restaurant at Dempsey Hill for an amazing night on June 13th 2017. The Summer Wine Evening has raised $10,378 for First Hand. All the proceeds have been shared with First Hand’s two partners – Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia. On the night, guests indulged in an array of Greek and Mediterranean dishes all prepared with organic extra virgin olive oil from Blu Kouzina’s family–owned Olive Grove Estate in Messinia, Greece. It was a typical balmy evening in Singapore and everyone could enjoy dining on the patio under the stars overlooking the peaceful greenery of Dempsey Hill. Vineyard owner and winemaker Dionysia Brintziki of Ktima Brintziki organic wines was in town and introduced four of their wines that were being tasted on the night. Martin McDarren also shared about the ancient Greek traditions of winemaking. After much food and wine, DJ Raj continued to entertain the crowd with music for grooving on the dance floor! The silent auction showcased amazing art, lifestyle, fashion and homewares products from our very generous sponsors: Astrid Dahl, Swiss Club Singapore, Expat Kitchen, Sandra Macheroux photography, White Ginger, Rouge, Jubilo Joias, Ellie Lasth, Edition Limitee, Screening Room, Affordable Style Files, Bode, Cote and Badt, Dansk and the Danish Seaman’s Church. Thank you everyone for a beautiful and memorable evening! More photos of the event are available at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstHandVolunteers/...