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TPO Cambodia Newsletter I N T HIS I SSUE 1 New Year’s Greetings 1 2013 Project Achievements 3 TPO’s Provincial Teams in 2013 3 Our Treatment Center 4 Training Services, Research & Consultancy 4 2014 & the Road Ahead 08 April 2015 Issue 6 New Year’s Greetings By Dr Chhim Sotheara, Executive Director Dear friends, With a new year upon us, I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your ongoing support of TPO and wish you the very best for a successful, fulfilling and healthy 2014. TPO’s mission to improve the well-being of Cambodian people with mental health problems is inevitably a long and challenging undertaking, one that requires commitment and ongoing support over many years. Thanks to your support, we feel that we have been able to make a difference for many people with mental health issues in Cambodia throughout 2013. This newsletter offers you a brief overview of our achievements over the past year, as well as a sneak peek of our plans for 2014. More detailed information will be available early 2014 in our annual report, via our website www.tpocambodia.org , our Facebook page www.facebook.com/tpocambodia and updates like this one. “Thanks to your support, we feel that we have been able to make a difference for many people with mental health issues in Cambodia throughout 2013.” 2013 Project Achievements In 2013, TPO continued its work bringing Justice and Relief for the Survivors of the Khmer Rouge to support witnesses and civil parties participating in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), also known as the ‘Khmer Rouge Tribunal’. This project, which also aims...
Want to help bring mental health care to Cambodia?

Want to help bring mental health care to Cambodia?

Stories Khmer Rouge Survivors Community Heroes Patients Latest News Newsletters Media Contacts & Info Video Library Photo Gallery Radio Shows   Do you want to help bring mental health care to Cambodians who don’t have access to the services they need? Then check out TPO’s newest online fundraiser on GlobalGiving and donate now to make a difference. What’s the challenge for mental health in Cambodia? It’s estimated that about 40% of Cambodians suffer from mental health problems: trauma caused during war and the Khmer Rouge, domestic violence, substance abuse, and poverty are rife. Rapid economic and social change disturb the established way of life. The mental health burden on society is enormous, but the mental health system is only in its infancy leaving a huge gap between what is needed and what is available. In many rural parts of Cambodia, mental health care services are completely lacking, people have little awareness about mental health issues and what can be done about them, and more often than not don’t have the means to afford or reach the much needed help. This is where TPO Cambodia aims to make a difference. How will we help solve this problem? We help reduce the gap between the need for and availability of mental health care, in particular for those who need it most and cannot access care at all. We provide treatment and support at our clinic in Phnom Penh and via our community-based teams and projects in the provinces. We also have mobile teams traveling the rural areas. Our work makes a difference for people with mental health problems and their families, so...
COMMUNITY-BASED TRUTH-TELLING CEREMONY – ពិធីបុណ្យសហគមន៍ស្តីអំពី ៉ ការស្វែងរកការពិត”

COMMUNITY-BASED TRUTH-TELLING CEREMONY – ពិធីបុណ្យសហគមន៍ស្តីអំពី ៉ ការស្វែងរកការពិត”

Stories Khmer Rouge Survivors Community Heroes Patients Latest News Newsletters Media Contacts & Info Video Library Photo Gallery Radio Shows “…..I am feeling so excited, even though I am a former Khmer Rouge, I will have a chance to talk about my bitter story. This will help me to relieve my suffering hidden in my heart for more than 30 years, which in this lifetime will never be forgotten…..”. This is an extract from a testimony of a former Khmer Rouge which was read aloud at our Community-Based Truth-Telling Ceremony at Balang Reangsey pagoda, Krang Leav commune, in Kampong Chhnang province, last week. Also, testimonies of 6 former Khmer Rouge and victim survivors were read aloud in presence of hundred of guests including representatives from USAID and DFAT, Rolea B’ier district deputy governor, staff of provincial departments, commune and village chiefs, students, teachers and community people. Their participation importantly contributed to a long-term healing and reconciliation process. On this occasion, we also integrated Christian prayers for peace and forgiveness at the Buddhist pagoda for a Khmer Rouge survivor whose religious belief is Christianity. We believe that one aspect of peace and reconciliation prevailing among Khmer Rouge survivors and their community is the respect for the diversity of religious beliefs for the survivors so participation in the healing process is non-discriminatory. TPO receives funding for this program from the American people through USAID under the project “Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing-Towards a Shared...
Watch CNC (Cambodia News Channel, in Khmer) tonight (Wednesday) around 7h20 PM!

Watch CNC (Cambodia News Channel, in Khmer) tonight (Wednesday) around 7h20 PM!

Stories Khmer Rouge Survivors Community Heroes Patients Latest News Newsletters Media Contacts & Info Video Library Photo Gallery Radio Shows Watch CNC (Cambodia News Channel, in Khmer) tonight (Wednesday) around 7h20 PM! Mr. Seang Leap, TPO project coordinator (psychologist/counselor) will talk about psychotic patients who have been chained up. TPO’s Project OPERATION UNCHAIN travels the country to treat such patients and train their families and communities in mental health...
OPERATION UNCHAIN IN THE PRESS – PART 1

OPERATION UNCHAIN IN THE PRESS – PART 1

Stories Khmer Rouge Survivors Community Heroes Patients Latest News Newsletters Media Contacts & Info Video Library Photo Gallery Radio Shows Johan Bergendorff, global health correspondent of the Swedish radio visited TPO in Cambodia earlier this year. In part 1 of the news report below he talks about the immense need for mental health care in Cambodia and TPO’s Operation Unchain which helps unlock mentally ill people in rural areas locked up by their desperate families due to a lack of knowledge, finances and access to mental health services. If you use Google Translate to automatically translate this page into English, you can easily follow what he wrote. On the page is also the radio interview which features Dr Sotheara CHHIM from TPO. The sound file is mostly in Swedish, with some Khmer and English. Follow this...
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