Virtual Meet Up with Damnok Toek

Virtual Meet Up with Damnok Toek

On the 15th of January, our First Hand Members joined the yearly kick-off meeting with our Cambodian partner Damnok Toek (DT). It was a fantastic opportunity to  gain insights about the work of the organization in these challenging covid 19 times and how they use the money we transferred from our charity event “A Heart for Cambodia” in November 2020. Damnok Toek’s Purpose The 3 representatives from DT first introduced the organization for our new members. They explained that DT is a local NGO founded in 1997 which serves the most marginalized and at risk children and youth in Cambodia. It enables vulnerable children to have all of their basic needs met and their rights respected. Therefore, they focus on children who are victims of trafficking, street working or street living, physical or intellectual disabilities, and any kind of exploitation or abuse. DT takes care of around 3,500 marginalised children each year in the cities of Phnom Penh, Poipet and Neak Loeung. In Poipet, on the border with Thailand, DT runs various drop-in centres in which approximately 750 children, who live and work on the street, find refuge. Most of those kids keep themselves and their families afloat – by carrying heavy loads, collecting waste, as beggars or, in the worst case, as child prostitutes. In the drop-in centres, the children can recover from the strains of their work. They are given a hot meal and can have a shower. Thanks to DT they have a chance to access safe shelter care, medical care, counselling and education.  In Phnom Penh, DT opened a centre for children with physical and/or...