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CAMBODIA BEAT - SOMALY MAM REVELATION 4 YEARS AFTER

In the documentary Red Light this mother tells Somaly Mam that she would sell her daughter into child sex slavery again and receive only $10 a month for her daughters sexual services - Red Light screen shot - photo

 

 

NGO'S - GREEDY, SEEDY OR...

Cambodian children are sold into prostitution by their parents. Some NGO's are doing something about it by creating a business and others teach and provide jobs. Other NGO's raise millions of dollars in donor money and.... just talk about it. OPERATION SMILE GIVES WITHOUT ASKING - COMING... INNOCENCE LOST - (NR Photo)

 

Poor Cambodian children are vulnerable to abuse. These poor children in the province appear happy. One could reason is it's because they live at home with their parents. The problem is others are not so fortunate - Nationaradio.com - photo

 

 

Retired Father Johan Visser formerly in charge of Don Bosco Cambodia - NR photo

 

D. J. Ken - National Radio Text Service

 

 

Transparency is lacking from save the children NGO's. What would be an example that they are doing the right thing is for them to publish their budget on the internet as some do in China - NGO'S should also show the graduates that have achieved something and have obtained livable wage jobs as a result of their training at the NGO

 

Monday, May 28, 2018

SHOW THE RESULTS

When one considers Cambodia's past there is not doubt that it has some mental and physical scars. Beneath that it is understandable that there is a beat that is unique in the world. The problem is many individuals and NGO's take advantage of the humanitarian needs and have used the sufferings of the populace of the realm to profit for themselves. The children and causes are used as pawns. It's safe to say its business as usual aka... SOS!

May is the fourth anniversary that the Somaly Mam NGO was exposed in May 2014, as being a fraud by the Cambodia Daily's Simon Marks. The story was published by Newsweek Magazine.

The thrust of the story was how NGO's use children as pawns to raise funding. That scenario is not unique to Somaly Mam but also applies to other save the children NGO's that create false stories and images to gain public sympathy to facilitate fund raising for big donor dollar appeal.

In Mam's case it was using a photo with a girl that had an enormous facial tumor. Marks exposed that the tumor was something the girl had from birth that grew over time.

Marks' story created a firestorm of controversy. Ironically within a month of publication Marks left the country. The then Daily's Editor Kevin Doyle left the paper and remained in Cambodia.

Why both departures from the Daily remains a mystery to us. From that point on the publication became tame and unfocused after numerous personnel changes. This year the government shut the publication down and is it out of business.

Other save the children NGO's have been exposed as diverting funding to the NGO'S managers for personal use or endeavors. One then NGO staffer built a hotel costing $1 ½ million. He boasted that it came in under the original budget of $3 million. It raised the question of how can an NGO staffer afford to pay for such a building construction remains unexplained.

Other NGO's have been exposed for abusing children. Some have failed to give proper supervision and the children grow up like wild weeds having been left unattended and having to fend for themselves.

At the age of 18 they become too old to be in an NGO orphanage. Many children are sent off into the world without proper skills to obtain a job to earn a livable living for a stable life.

NGO'S are great at showing images of poor children to gain sympathy and raise money. Think about this… how many NGO's show the fruits of their labor by showing images of graduates under their care that have moved on and have obtained a good job as a result of the NGO's care and training.

That raises the question, what are NGO'S doing to train the children. Three years ago we related to a manager of an NGO in Siem Reap how well the Don Bosco School in Sihanoukville train their students by teaching them skills enabling them to find a good job. Their students had multi media training that resulted in two of their students being hired as journalists by the Cambodia Daily.

Yes… Don Bosco is not an NGO but does receive donor funding. They are as close to being and NGO as possible. Johan Visser, the then head of all NGO'S in Cambodia, said the school asks for tuition of $5 a month but if the children can't afford it they enroll them FOR FREE.

The key point of the conservation with the Siem Reap NGO manager is that the excellent training by Don Bosco was training students restaurant skills and management. They also had outstanding restaurant facilities that were immaculate. They even took it up a level by making their own ice cream that they sell in their restaurant in Sihanoukville town. Listen up…. This ice cream TASTES REALLY GOOD.

The school takes the big step in training their students to be skilled enough to cook, being a waitress, make ice cream and for those capable to be restaurant managers. In addition the have a hotel and train students for jobs in the hotel business. Don Bosco's hotel is impeccable with excellent facilities providing ON THE JOB training.

The Siem Reap NGO manager said she wanted to do the same thing and train her children with cooking classes. Two years on that program has never been established.

The irony is… being based in Siem Reap this NGO is located in a growing hotel and restaurant industry that's providing service to a record number of tourists coming to Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat Temples. It is a fertile ground for hotel and restaurant employment.

The question is WHY NOT FOCUS ON THE GROWING AND PRODUCTIVE INDUSTRIES?

TO BE CONTINUED


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