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ADRA Korea Connections: 25 July to 02 August 2016

ADRA Connections-New Zealand Youth group 8-17 July 2016

ADRA Connections-Loma Linda Korean SDA Church

2nd PROCOM 2016

CHIP Celebration!

World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2016

2015 Annual report

Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project Launch Event

Enhance Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remotes Areas
Through Health Care and Community Engagement (EMBRACE) Project


“ADRA Canada is pleased to announce the signing of its most recent co-funding contribution agreement with the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.  Named EMBRACE, the program will run until March 2020 and serve people living in remote regions of Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda. Similarly, EMBRACE will also raise the awareness of the Canadian public through its public engagement component which will work with agents of change from remote areas in Canada. EMBRACE will focus primarily on improving and saving the lives of women of reproductive age, newborns, and children under five.  The program will achieve these objectives through instruction on health and nutrition, the building of health clinics and training programs for community health volunteers, traditional birth attendants, nurses and midwives.   Agricultural instruction will teach mothers how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables close to their homes in kitchen gardens. The program will serve an estimated 100,000 people, including 33,000 children of vulnerable people groups such as ethnic minorities and people returning to their homes after natural disasters or civil conflict.

Over 20 million will be contributed by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, and the remaining 5 million will be contributed by ADRA Canada and its partners.

The launch of this life-saving program is marked by a kick-off meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia attended by the Head of the Canadian Diplomatic Office in Cambodia, and representatives from ADRA’s offices in Canada, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda on Feb 29-Mar 4, 2016.”



The Preschool Brings Opportunity to Rann

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Rann Ry was abandoned as a child. He is 5 years and has an older sister and an older brother.  Rann’s father migrated to Thailand many years ago and has had no contact.  Rann’s mother went to work as a garment worker at Phnom Penh and no one has heard from her during the last five years.

Rann’s foster mother, an old lady who lives in palm thatch roofed house with palm leaf walls says “Rann’s parents broke-up in Thailand and his mother brought him and his two siblings here then went away to look for a job at Phnom Penh. She has never come back since then. I asked many people about his parents, but there is no one has any information. I am not his grandmother, but I commiserate with him. So I decided to raise him. I am not rich; however, I can raise him. I have brought him up since he was a baby. He has two siblings and other neighbors look after them, they decide to care for one each.” She continued, “If one day his parents come back and get him, I am happy to give him to the parents. But sometimes I don’t want to lose him. I love him. I think their parents may have abandoned them for good because it has been about 5 years till now.” The foster mother continued with a deep breath “Rann is one of our Toul Thmear kids who has bad luck, receiving no care from his parents since he was a baby. His parents left him alone and I am thankful for the other neighbors help to bring up the other two.

One day Rann and his brother went to visit the Tuol Thmear Community Preschool. They did not dare to ask the other kids to play with them. They just stood and looked at other kids playing. Seeing them in dirty pants without shirt and sandals, the Preschool teacher, Srey Pov, asked him “Where is your home?”  Rann replied, “it is over there!” Srey Pov took him near the water faucet and cleaned him up. And then she let him sit down in the classroom with the other preschool students.

Rann came to school every day. He came for both morning and afternoon sessions. The teacher said “Rann, you can choose to come only one session – either morning or afternoon session. But he still came for both sessions. “That is ok if you want to come for both,” the teacher said. After a few days, Rann’s foster brother came to find him at preschool. He talked to the teacher, “I searched for Rann for many days now as I didn’t know where he went after breakfast and lunch. Now I know he comes here. I was afraid to lose him. ” He continued “Could you please let him study and play here?”  “Yes! I agree for him to be a student.” Srey Pov replied.

“Rann goes to school every day now. He is becoming more calm and obedient. He always listens to the teacher while she is teaching. He has learned to respect,” says his teacher.

Rann’s foster mother is very elated to know that the Toul Thmear Community Preschool is bringing education to Rann. She says, “I hope that one day he can read and write.” Now she feels he is respectful and can sing a song about hygiene very well.

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Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project Results and Documentation of Lessons Learned Workshop

On June 29, 2015, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia, with financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and ADRA Canada, conducted a workshop on the Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project Results and Documentation of Lessons Learned.

The SMILE Project was implemented from January 2012 to June 2015 and has been jointly implemented by ADRA Canada and local counterparts ADRA Cambodia and M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay with technical support from Hincks-Dellcrest and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and community partners. The SMILE project has worked to improve the facilities, human resources, and systems of Preah Vihear health services and empower communities to improve the nutritional and health status of women and children U5 through use of community Mother-Child Health Groups.

Over the period of three and a half year, the SMILE project has contributed to Royal Government of Cambodia’s strategy to reduce mortality of mothers and children under-five nationally as well as specifically in the Chieb, Chey Sen and Rovieng districts of the Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia through the following outcomes and key activities:

  1. More equal participation in improved health care practices by mothers, women of reproductive age and other female and male caregivers relating to Reproductive Health and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The SMILE project supported the establishment of 534 Mother Child Health Groups through training 26 Commune Health Supervisors, over 400 female and male Village Health Support Group Facilitators and assistants in gender-sensitive behavior change facilitation, leadership, literacy, communication and early childhood development. The project developed over 50 key messages and pictorial learning materials on maternal and child nutrition, health care and access, water, hygiene and sanitation, safe environments, early childhood development, literacy and other topics. The Mother Child Health Group members participated in meetings and campaigns where they discussed and analyzed relevant issues through participatory activities which built personal and community awareness and action on health and environment issues. Water filters and latrines were also promoted within communities.
  2. Improved capacity of health care providers (F&M) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) to provide reproductive and IMCI quality health services. The SMILE project supported trainings in IMCI to local Health Center staff and the improved health facilities and systems supporting health care provision. Eight delivery and waiting rooms were constructed at existing health centers and health posts and 13 Health Centers and Health Post were equipped with essential mother and child health service equipment including wells, latrines and waste incinerator infrastructure. The project trained and coached health center midwives and trained traditional birth attendants establishing Midwife-Traditional Birth Attendant alliances supported by their local commune councils.
  3. Increased consumption of micronutrients and protein rich foods by girls and boys under 5, mothers, pregnant women and other Women of Reproduction Age (15-49).

The SMILE project conducted child nutritional behavior change and rehabilitation programs in all 80 villages for malnourished girls and boys U5 were conducted using growth monitoring and the Positive Deviance Hearth model.  The project promoted the increased consumption of micronutrients for children (sprinkles) and women. Interested farmers in 80 villages increase consumption of nutritious vegetables through home gardening training and support of seeds, seedlings, equipment and other resources.

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Preliminary evaluation results presented showed that the project was very relevant to the women, men, girls and boys in the target area. Aligning with the sustainability actions presented, the evaluation team noted that the SMILE project worked with the MOH structure toward the MOH goals of increasing delivery of skilled birth attendants at the health facility and strengthened capacity of midwives. The waiting and delivery rooms built at health facilities are long term and the equity fund can support health costs for ID poor for transportation. Water filters and home gardening remain in the communities. Also noted were improved participation in decision making, consumption of vegetables grown and knowledge in gender equality, child development, reproductive health, pregnancy care, nutrition, and home gardening topics. Diarrhea of girls and boys decreased significantly. The Positive Deviant Hearth program was mentioned as an effective way to extend principles learned in training and also provides a nutritious meal for those involved.

SMILE project lessons learned discussed by participants for the three project intermediate outcomes identified Learning through Play and Early Childhood Development as very important foundations. While it was hard for many women to meet four times in a month, when programs are presented in topical unit groupings of interest, there is more interest to attend the full sessions.  Groups noted that IMCI and IFA training were successful and should be continued. There was a lot of interest in PD Hearth and maybe sprinkles can be improved by a local micronutrient option.

The workshop was presided over by representatives from National Maternal and Child Health Center of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department, ADRA Canada, ADRA Cambodia and M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay (MRKR) with National and international guests, partners and representatives from other NGOs interested in the project results, 85 persons in total.


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