BENEFITING: THE ASSISTANCE FUND OF CAMBODIA
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Phter Koma is an orphanage in Cambodia that has been set up by the NGO (Non-Government Organization) The Assistance Fund of Cambodia. Their objective is to confront the difficulties that HIV/AIDS children endure from being neglected or abandoned by their parents due to stigma and to learn how to live and survive with their disease.
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 of 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.
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 was obvious to TAFC (The Assistance Fund of Cambodia).
This project is one of its kind in the province because it had no NGO or association with a similar program.
After an explorative study and positive reaction of many people, TAFC 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 provides appropriate care for children living with HIV/ AIDS and the French association provides the financial and technical support to the orphanage.
There are many NGOs who 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, there are 62 people supporting the home. Phter Koma will be opening its doors to welcome the orphan HIV children in June 2012.
MUCH SUPPORT IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THE SUSTAINIABILITY OF PHTER KOMA CHILDREN’S HOME.
On November 4, 2012 I will be running in the NYC marathon. I have set up this fundraiser with the goal of raising $5,000.00 for the Phter Koma orphanage.
ANYTHING YOU ARE ABLE TO GIVE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED------THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!