PRIME MINISTER’S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW VISITS FIRE FAMILIES
Pich Chanmony visits Cambodian Children’s Fund to tour site of fire and meets families left homeless
Her Excellency Pich Chanmony, who is married to His Excellency Hun Manet, the eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen, last week visited CCF to meet the families left homeless after a fire swept through a patch of land in Steung Meanchey, Phnom Penh.
Almost half of the affected families have children in CCF’s schools and programs.
Pich Chanmony toured the site of the fire and met some of the 52 families displaced after the blaze, which burnt the community to the ground in half an hour.
“First, I would like to say sorry for this tragedy. I just got the information yesterday and I was very shocked,” Her Excellency Pich Chanmony told the families during the visit on Thursday last week (March 21).
“I’m here today to represent Samdech Hun Sen and his wife. They cannot come but I’m here as a representative.”
Her Excellency brought a donation of food boxes for each family. A further 18 boxes of each food item were also handed over to CCF.
Boxes of food had already been handed out to the affected families along with emergency funding of $25 each by the Cambodian Red Cross at the request of Mr Hun Sen.
H.E. Pich Chanmony toured the location of the fire and walked the scorched earth where the fire had ripped through the community of ramshackle wooden shacks at speed, reducing the area to blackened ashes.
She met many of the families left homeless. Most lost their possessions, walking away with just the clothes on their backs, some lost their businesses and all are facing the prospect of starting again with nothing.
For now, the families are setting up home with temporary tarpaulin shelters on two locations close to the area where their houses once stood.
Khoung Sreng, the Governor of Phnom Penh and Chief Executive of the Municipality, who was also part of the visit, committed to ensuring water supplies were connected for the families by the evening. A team from his office will also be assigned to assist families to replace important documents lost in the blaze, such as birth certificates and I.D. cards.
CCF’s Community Outreach team has been on the ground day and night since the start coordinating support for the families.
Donations of clothes and supplies have poured in from across Phnom Penh and Cambodia with companies, embassies, schools and individuals generously giving to the families in need.
“I have known Scott for eight years and he is so dedicated to helping the community and I’m so excited and happy that we can help,” said Her Excellency.
She also pledged to donate a set of clothing to each family.
- CCF’s Sambok Chab Fire Appeal: ‘Families in Crisis’ is raising funds to build a new community from scratch for the 52 families. Donations will help with land, drainage, sewage and water, landscaping, furnishing homes and more. Please donate here. Thank you.
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