Thanks to all my gplus friends for your warm, kind and compassionate messages. I want all of you to know that I’m doing fine. The pain won’t go a way overnight, but I’m getting better and better each day. Not sure if I have any fracture or broken bone – of course, I did not take any medicine, nor visit any doctor, no matter how hard my mother convinced me. I want to allow my body to heal by itself, naturally. If my body doesn’t heal, then I guess it’s time for me to go to heaven, then I’m fine with that. Who does not want to go to heaven. And yes, I do miss all my wonderful gplus family. ~Jendhamuni always
Boys watch television at a Phnom Penh orphanage. Sovan Philong
Audrey Wilson, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 25 March 2016
Just over half of the orphanages in five “priority provinces”, including Phnom Penh, are registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) as legally required, according to a preliminary survey released yesterday.
The data suggest that the number of children in residential care institutions is 56 per cent higher than previously estimated.
And until now, only institutions recognised by the ministry have been evaluated for minimum standards of care. A sub-decree mandating that all institutions register with the government was signed in October.
The report, conducted with support from UNICEF, found that while 267 facilities met the definition of a residential care institution, only 139 were inspected in 2014. In the capital alone, there are 69 facilities that have never been inspected, according to Bruce Grant, the chief of child protection at UNICEF Cambodia.
Left unregulated, institutions raise “a number of serious concerns”, including overcrowding, exploitation and deliberately poor conditions designed to attract donor funding, said James Sutherland, spokesman for Friends International, which provided support for the survey.
Preliminary mapping took place in the provinces thought to have the largest number of residential care facilities: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kandal and Preah Sihanouk. (more…)