FIRE APPEAL- DONATIONS RECEIVED TO BUILD NEW COMMUNITY
Donations from Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, individuals, companies and organisations across Cambodia and all over the world have met the funding needs for CCF’s Sambok Chab Fire Appeal
Cambodian Children’s Fund has been overwhelmed by the response to an appeal launched for the 52 families left homeless by a fire that destroyed the Sambok Chab community on 17 March. Just two weeks after the fire, CCF has already received enough donations to rebuild the community.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, his eldest son Hun Manet and wife, Pich Chanmony, along with other family, friends and government figures donated the cost to build all 52 homes. It’s the first time CCF has received such backing in-country.
Her Excellency Pich Chanmony announced the donation on her visit to meet the families affected.
Other funds raised will go towards meeting any shortfall in the cost of the new homes, basic furnishings and areas such as drainage, utilities, fencing and landscaping. CCF has also purchased the land so the long-term future of the families are secured, and donations can also go towards this.
A new, better community will rise from the ashes. What was once a squalid area will become a modern, clean and safe environment for families to raise their children.
CCF Founder and Executive Director, Scott Neeson, said: “All of the funding to rebuild the homes came from within Cambodia and it’s especially inspiring that it was driven by the leader of the country. The generosity from Cambodia and around the world has been heartwarming and means we can help all of the 52 families affected by the fire.”
All the families affected are now staying in temporary shelters on two sites nearby their former community. It is hoped to begin work on building their new homes after the Khmer New Year at the end of April and before the rainy season begins.
Khoung Sreng, the Governor of Phnom Penh and Chief Executive of the Municipality, has also been a big support, ensuring water supplies were connected in the area and offering his staff to assist families to replace important documents lost in the fire.
Within hours of the fire, the Cambodian Red Cross and CCF’s Community Outreach team were on the ground, providing emergency supplies and support to the families affected. Shortly after, CCF launched an appeal calling for both financial and in-kind donations.
Schools, local companies, embassies and individuals responded to the appeal with overwhelming generosity. Over two weeks CCF received financial donations, donations of clothes, emergency supplies and everyday items.
Thanks to an incredible show of support, CCF is no longer in need of in-kind donations or financial donations towards the appeal.
“Donations of food and supplies means that the immediate needs of the families are all now met and, importantly, the children are able to continue going to school during this time,” said Scott Neeson.
Donations will still be accepted, but they will be distributed to the wider communities in Steung Meanchey and financial donations will go towards purchasing land for the new community, and helping more families in need.
- Cambodian Children’s Fund would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has donated and shown their support for the Sambok Chab community.
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