Monday, May 17, 2010

Youth Fundraising for Orphans and HIV/AIDS Children

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Youth Team Working for Volunteers and Development (YTWAD) has raised the fundraising to support the orphaned and disabled children and also children who are living with HIV/AIDS. About 50 students from YTWAD have attended the fundraising program.

The fundraising program was initiated by Soy Pisey who is the President of the Youth Team Working for Volunteers and Development (YTWAD) and the Centre for Development of Happiness (CDH) called W-Care aiming to build up the ability of youth to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in the society.

Soy Pisey, President of YTWAD and CDH, said that it marked the first time because YTWAD has organized the youth fundraising for helping or rescuing the disadvantaged groups especially orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

The main objective of the program was to raise money from youths and students at universities and faculties in Phnom Penh to buy foods, rice, clothes and other materials for orphans and the HIV/AIDS affected children living in the outskirt of Phnom Penh.

Another objective of the fundraising program was to build up the ability of youths to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in society, and to motivate society to pay greater attention on youth issues by encouraging and supporting Cambodian youth activities.

“We are very pleased and prefer to work voluntarily to help the Royal Government of Cambodia in developing the society and country, and we started our youth fundraising on the 1st to the 9th of May 2010 in 20 universities and faculties in Phnom Penh,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on the 3rd of May 2010.

Pisey expected that at least US$ 1000 will be collected from his youth fundraising activities in Phnom Penh. He said the Youth Team Work and Development was established on the 30th of March 2010, aiming to encourage the youth and build up the ability of youth to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in the society of Cambodia.

“We will take the money collected to buy orphan materials on May 12, 2010, and we will use the most clarity budget to contribute for the orphans,” he said. “We hope that through this activity our youth groups will learn and be able to work, cooperate and communicate with each other, understanding of the society, and work in groups focusing on developing community,” he added.

Pisey stated that to help the orphanage and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, his youth group will continue holding its fundraising activities at other universities, faculties and institutions or organizing other social events in the future. He added this youth group will also participate in other social and humanitarian activities in order to help the Royal Government in developing the society and the development of all sectors in Cambodia.

Hong Sokmeng, 22, a member of the YTWAD’s Youth Group from the Pannasas University of Cambodia (PUC) in Phnom Penh, said that she was pleased and interested with her fundraising activities.

“I am happy and so proud to work for youth fundraising in order to help the orphans, disabled children and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. Although I am now a student and have no more work to help developing my country but I think that through this activity at least I can help the vulnerable children and those who are disabled, abandoned and children affected by HIV/AIDs in my country,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Chea Vuthina, 19, another YTWAD’s member, has also attended the YTWAD’s youth fundraising activities in Phnom Penh. He said that it was the first time for him to join the YTWAD’s group and to help fundraising in Cambodia.

“It is my first time to participate in the fundraising and I am really interested with it. I think that this event is important because it can provide me a chance to work, cooperate and communicate with other students, understanding of the society, and work in group focusing on developing the community in Cambodia,” he said.

He added that to help developing Cambodia, he will continue his social activities and participation in other social and humanitarian events in the future./


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