Goutte d’eau Cambodia - Damnok Toek
Goutte d'eau started its work in Cambodia in 1996 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Vocational Training and Youth (MoSVY). The foundation first assisted the ministry in building up a center for vulnerable children in Neak Loeung which was named Damnok Toek Neak Loeung and was registered by the Ministry of Interior as a local NGO in 2001.
Following a request by MoSVY, Goutte d'eau implemented in 1999 a project to rehabilitate children suffering from substance abuse in Poipet. Realizing that Thai authorities deported several hundreds of trafficked children to Poipet every month, Goutte d'eau decided to collaborate with several other international organizations (IOM, UNICEF, …) and the Cambodian government (MoSVY, ...) to set-up a structure offering deported children an opportunity to escape the vicious circle of trafficking. The activities in Poipet were later consolidated and named Damnok Toek Poipet which was registered by the Ministry of Interior as a local NGO in 2003.
Having noticed a complete lack of structures to care for children with mental disabilities, Goutte d’eau created the Damnok Toek Handicap Center in Phnom Penh in 2003, following one of its principles to always be attentive and respond to the current needs on the field. The center welcomes children with mental and/or physical disabilities, offering them a home where they can receive adapted care and services.
The three Damnok Toek centers merged in January 2013 to become one local organization named Damnok Toek (Goutte d'eau), with activities in Phnom Penh, Neak Loeung and Poipet. For more information on Goutte d'eau Cambodia please see www.damnoktoek.org.
Child Support Network
The network was created in 2003 with the goal of coordinating the work of all its partner organizations, leveraging on their different strengths to respond to the needs of all vulnerable children in Cambodia. GEcsn strongly believes that these needs should be determined by local NGOs and not by donors from industrialized countries since funding themes are often over-zealously followed by NGOs leaving real needs unanswered. CSN network activities started with funding and coordinating a big anti-trafficking program between Thailand and Cambodia, and were later expanded to assist children with mental disabilities. CSN also worked on other projects including: a Drug Rehabilitation projects with Mith Samlanh /Friend, an agricultural training program with KADO, and a Protection and support program of Cambodian children on the streets of Bangkok with Friends International. For more information on CSN’s activities, please see the annual reports.