Phter Koma is an orphanage in Cambodia set up by the NGO Assistance Fund of Cambodia. Their objective is to confront the difficulties that HIV/AIDS children endure from being neglected or abandoned by their parents to the stigma of their disease and how to live and survive with it..
Many of the children are in a serious stage of their disease. Most of them are orphans or at least one of their parents died long ago. Due to the lack resources and/or loss of family support, the children fail or abandon their drugs to treat this disease. This results in treatment failures and the development of AIDS, leading to opportunistic infections and death.
We have been moved by the distress of the children and families and the risk brought upon these children. These children live with many psychological and social fears-from developing the disease to domestic slavery and prostitution.
The idea to create this type of center became obvious to us. This project is one of its kind in the province because it had no NGO (Non-Government Organization) or association with a similar program.
After the explorative study and the positive reaction of many people ready to support this project, we have decided to go further and we have created two associations: one in Cambodia called Phter Koma Kompong Cham (La maison des enfants Kompang Cham) and one in France called Phter Koma, La maison des enfants. The Cambodian one is in charge of running the children’s home. It would provide appropriate care for the HIV children. The French association would provide the financial and technical support to to the orphanage.
There are many NGOs are working in Cambodia, but many are not managed by Cambodian people. Besides helping the HIV orphaned children, this project is trying to give back, on a small scale, the control to the local people.
In France, we are 62 people supporting Phter Koma. We have committed ourselves to financially support this project.
The home will be opening its doors to welcome the orphan HIV children in June 2012. WE NEED MORE SUPPORT. Much is needed to ensure the sustainability of Phter Koma Children’s Home.
We are partnering with our friends at The Assistance Fund of Cambodia (TAFC) to collect donations for Phter Koma Home. Your tax deductable donations should be sent to the TAFC. Your donations will then be forwarded to us at the Phter Koma Association .
PLEASE DONATE NOW------THANK YOU!!!