Conversation with Mother’s Heart

Conversation with Mother’s Heart

In a typical year, First Hand volunteers eagerly travel to Cambodia on service trips to meet with our partners at Damnoek Toek and Mother’s Heart. But 2021 is still not a typical year! Instead of a physical trip, on March 5, many of our volunteers participated in a Zoom call with Mother’s Heart. Sidana Touch (Country Director), Zarah Jane Rushworth (Communications and Donor Relations) and Somphors Seong (Director for Client Services) took time to explain Mother’s Heart’s mission, the organization’s impact and the Covid-related challenges they currently face. Mother’s Heart’s Mission Mother’s Heart began in 2010 as Cambodia’s first crisis pregnancy organization. Their mission is to: Empower, equip and educate women facing crisis pregnancies and their families through counselling, support services, medical care and community involvement so they can choose the best future for themselves and their babies. Today, Mother’s Heart has helped over 304 women in their pregnancy support program and is the only crisis pregnancy organization in Cambodia. Need Sidana shared some startling statistics that illustrate the need for Mother’s Heart’s services. 28% of women in their program are underaged or minors. 54% of the pregnancies they deal with are a result of rape, incest, entertainment (prostitution) or trafficking. It costs $2,700 (US dollars) to cover all the costs for one woman and her child in their pregnancy support program. Impact Mother’s Heart offers 3 programs to support a woman through her crisis pregnancy and beyond: Pregnancy Support Program (PSP) Alternative Care (kinship care, temporary foster care, permanent foster care) Abortion (Mother’s Heart refers women to a reputable clinic that legally and safely performs abortion) The Pregnancy...
💙 First Hand supporters are invited to attend our AGM

💙 First Hand supporters are invited to attend our AGM

Notice is hereby given of the 2021 Annual General Meeting of First Hand. We will elect new office bearers and discuss plans for the coming year. The meeting will take place 25 March 2021 at 7:30 pm via teleconference. We invite all members to submit any questions they may have which can be discussed, and will be documented in the minutes. We would love to see you, so please contact us if you can participate and we will send the link. photo by...