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Sexual abuse of children is a complex problem to deal with because of the nature of the abuse and the taboo surrounding it. On 24th August, Anjali House and First Step Cambodia organized a workshop for 30 development workers to raise awareness about sexual abuse on boys by dispelling myths surrounding it.

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Our Khmer Director, Simon Ke, has witnessed and guided Anjali House through out these years. Her quiet determination and gentleness is the nurturing force behind the change Anjali House has been able to bring about. This month the focus is on tracing the development of Anjali House through her ever smiling eyes.

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Anjali House was born out of a simple idea of impacting the lives of the young Khmer generation so that they can be the change they want to see. Back in 2005, it began quite literally with the Angkor Photo Festival motivating young children to see and capture their world through the camera and they are, till today, our longest standing friendship.

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For so many families in the province of Siem Reap, the simple act of surviving requires strength and everyday commitment. This is the story of a woman, her family, their struggles and how they found help and hope for a better future, illustrated by Lilu Herlambang.

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From the first day on, photography has always been a part of Anjali House. It is a way of expression that our students have used since the founding of the NGO, and it is still having an impact both locally and abroad. Anjali House came to life as a project of the Angkor Photo Association, and Angkor Photography Festival Association in 2005. Back then, a group of photographers got together to promote photography and highlight...

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In June, nine of our younger students visited Rehash Trash, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting underprivileged families while collecting and recycling plastic bags to save the environment. During their visit, our students learned how to turn old to new and learned a valuable lesson about recycling. The students arrived in the morning and spent a couple of hours at Rehash Trash, following each step in the work process together...

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At Anjali House we encourage our students to think for themselves using their creativity and imagination rather than limiting them with patterns of how to think. Dreams are an essential part of growing up and at Anjali House, we strive to encourage our students to express what they dream about. Watch the video. Learning, growing and expressing themselves independently is a vital step in every child’s development. Simon Ke, Director of...

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Sokteang was a student at Anjali House for more than ten years and is now part of our team of volunteer teachers. Sharing his knowledge with the current students as a volunteer is his way to give back to Anjali House and the community. This is his story. “My name is Preab Sokteang and I am 20 years old. Before 2004 I lived with my family in the Prev Vihear Province, but then my parents divorced and separated so my two sisters and I...

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Sovann & Suki have been students at Anjali House for a long time. Our photographer and Illustrator Lilu has created a striking photo essay about their lives. It paints a picture of both the struggles as well as the hopes and ambitions of an entire generation of young Cambodians. (Please click on each photo to move forward) You can also download the Photo essay here: Sovann & Suki – Into the Past and Future To help...

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New Year is one of the greatest celebrations in Khmer culture. Of course, Anjali House could not miss out on that, so we organised an entire day of fun activities. It is Thursday the 12th of April, the last day at Anjali House before the Khmer New Year holiday. The children spent the last week preparing the scenery, practicing performances and presentations. Now the day has finally come. One of the biggest celebrations in Cambodian...

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