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About Caritas Cambodia
Caritas Cambodia is an official social development arm of the Catholic Church in Cambodia. It has been built on the values of Love, Concern, Justice, Peace Unity, Sharing and brotherhood. It draws inspiration from the Gospel and aims at integral development of people irrespective of race and creed. Hence the objectives of Caritas Cambodia specifically include the following.

To promote and strengthen activities that are aimed at the integral development of communities particularly to help in Sustainable Agriculture, empowerment program, economic program, Welfare program,
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Fr. Seto, Caritas Japan Executive Director met mother and young children during nutrition session
  Caritas Japan has spent a five-day visit to Caritas Cambodia‘s Community Health and Youth Development Program from 30 November to 04 December 2015. The purpose of the visit is to learn about the programs and to witness the impact they have made to the lives of the poor communities and youth in Kampong Thom and Kandal province.
After an overview presentation by Mr. Kim Rattana, Caritas Cambodia Executive Director, Caritas Japan Executive Director, Fr. Takashi Seto, has impressed with what Caritas Cambodia is doing for the sake of the poor. He shared that he learnt, felt and witnessed the realities of the people ‘lives and realized the big impact the program has made for the betterment of the community and Cambodian youth. Fr. Seto thanked Caritas Cambodia for making this visit happen even under the tight schedule. “We will continue to strengthen our partnership to support the poor communities and youth as well as in other areas, namely the climate change and migration”, said Ms. Yoko Yokoyama, program officer of Caritas Japan.
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Debriefing session with Caritas Japan delegate at Caritas Office.
“For Caritas Cambodia, the visit of Caritas Japan shows a deep bond of aspirations for Caritas Cambodia, our staff and people we serve. Thanks for the visit”, shared by Bishop Enrique Figaredo, Chairman of Caritas Cambodia at the debriefing session.

The five-day visit was divided into two program areas: the visit to Kampong Thom’s Community Health Program followed by a visit to Youth Development Program in Kandal province.

The visit to Community Health Program in Kampong Thom province:
In Kampong Thom, the delegation first learnt on the community health program, challenges and its achievements in the target communities. It was followed by a meeting with Caritas’s government partners including the health center staff and members of Caritas’s Village Development Associations (VDAs). Most importantly, the delegation had a chance to talk with the beneficiaries, particularly with mothers and children.

Ms. Yoko, program officer of Caritas Japan noted that in overall the program has created a solidarity spirit among the community members. “Caritas Japan wishes to see further good collaboration with Caritas Cambodia as well as other partners”, Yoko told. It is more than 10 years since Caritas Japan and Caritas Cambodia’s partnership started on Community Health Program.
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The visit to Youth Development Program in Kandal province:
The visit began with a brief presentation by Mrs. Sary Phirum, Youth Development Program Manager before heading to several workshops where the delegation met some current students. In addition, the program has arranged for a chance to meet two former students who successfully obtained a job and opened a small business. During the meeting, Fr. Seto has appreciated how the students have been struggling for a better life, for instance, the case of Yeurn Yon , an 18 year- old former student in Beauty Salon. Yon is currently employed in a Salon in Phnom Penh and could earn USD 70 per month. “Yeun Yon has a good vision in life”, Fr. Seto said.

With Caritas Japan’s support, it has allowed 78 youth to attend vocational training skills from Caritas’s Youth Development program for the school year 2014/2015. It is more than 7 years, Caritas Japan has supported Caritas Cambodia’s Youth Development Program and have made change lives of hundreds poor students. “Personally, I am so impressive to learn that Caritas Cambodia is on the process of setting up a financial sustainability plan for the program”, said Yoko, stressing that local resource mobilization should be a great approach to keep the program grow and sustained”.
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