Mlop Children's Home is a wonderful organisation founded in 2010 by Pheakdey Laing and a British woman. Mlop works to prevent children being abandoned by their families due to their financial circumstances. Most of the children and families Mlop work with live in the poorest, most impoverished areas of Cambodia, and are at risk of being trafficked, abused or without care.
Mlop provides a free day care service, and transports children to and from their homes to attend the centre. At the centre, children are in a safe environment with meals provided, a space for education and play, and access to free healthcare. This ensures families have the free time to work and earn for their families.
My name is Madeleine, I work in Phnom Penh, and I volunteer my spare time trying to help raise funds for Mlop. I know the British and Khmer founders well, as well as the development director, Sam.
This campaign is to raise the exact funds needed to pay off the new bus the team have secured by deposit to drive the children to and from their homes safely. This truck, pictured, is being converted to a bus with rows of seats. At the moment, children are being transported in a pick up truck and it is not very safe (but this is currently the only way). The reason this is not a mini van is because of the narrow and treacherous roads the team have to drive down daily. A mini van simply would not fit. It is very common here in Cambodia to have this type of set up.