First Hand regularly visits our partners in different parts of Cambodia to inform our fundraising and find out how donations are put to good use.
The Organisations supported by First Hand are: Goutte d’eau (‘Damnok Toek’ in Khmer language) and Mother’s Heart.
Goutte D’Eau/Damnok Toek
Goutte d’eau is a network that brings together NGOs with the aim of improving the lives of vulnerable children in Cambodia, their families and their communities. Their main objective is to transfer knowledge and know-how and provide financial support by connecting local NGOs with potential donors. Goutte d’ eau has three centres in Cambodia that First Hand has been visiting since 2007:
Phnom Penh – This centre has been providing a shelter (and a place to call home) for disabled and abandoned children from extremely poor families since 2003. It offers adapted care and services to children with special needs. Currently, 15 specialized staff provide medical care, physiotherapy and non-formal education to 27 children. The aim of Damnok Toek Phnom Penh is to offer specialized services to disabled and vulnerable children, allowing their full psychological, social and physical recovery and development, in order to enhance their chances for a sustainable reintegration and an independent adult life.
Poi Pet – This centre is located in Banteay Meanchey Province near the Thai border to help serve the hundreds of trafficked children deported each year by the Thai Authorities to this checkpoint. The centre provides a 24 hour Drop-in Shelter, Rehabilitation Centre, Day Care Centre, Medical Clinic and Social Work service.
Neak Leoung – Many of the children are transferred from the centre in Poi Pet to this longer term centre after a period of counseling and adjustment. This is around 2 hours from the capital Phnom Penh.
Mother’s Heart Cambodia
Mothers Heart is a Crisis Pregnancy Counseling Service in Cambodia providing support for every woman facing unplanned pregnancies. They empower, equip and educate women through counselling, support services, medical care and community involvement. Their services include:
- Counselling and emergency temporary accommodation
- Access to the health care Counseling through advocacy/practical support
- Antenatal/parenting training
- Access to appropriate vocational training and job options
- Foster care/local adoption through partners and Government services
- Community education on unplanned pregnancy