Group photo of representative from the Catholic NGOs attended the first quarterly CACD meeting
Catholic Alliance on Charity & Development (CACD)’s first quarterly meeting was held on Monday, 14th March 2016 at Caritas Cambodia Office in Phnom Penh. It was the first quarterly meeting of 2016 when representatives from the Catholic NGOs in Cambodia come together in every month to share information, to discuss on various issues on their area of work and to look for a joint action plan on certain issues of common interest. More than 35 representatives from the Catholic NGOs in Cambodia participated the meeting.
Mr. Kim Rattana, Executive Director of Caritas Cambodia, which has given a key role in coordinating the meeting welcomed all participants and briefed the main agenda of the meeting. He said “the meeting today is covering three main agendas/ 1/ Understanding on the new NGO law in Cambodia led by Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC); 2/ Update on the emergency response to the people affected by massive house fire.

in Chak Angre Krom of Daun Penh’s district led by Caritas Cambodia; and 3/discussion on the preparation of “Jubilee for the sick and People living with disability” led by Phnom Penh Catholic Church”.
Bishop Oliver Schmitthaeusler gave an opening remark and praying
Bishop Oliver Schmitthaeusler, from the Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh and who chaired the meeting gave an opening remark and led a “Prayer for the Mercy- Pope Francis”. Bishop thanked all participants who spared their busy time to participate the meeting.
The first agenda of the meeting was led by Component Manager from the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) , Mr. Mi Nac. He presented the new NGOs law “LANGO”, from the perspective of the civil society group. He briefed the background of the law, challenges, advocacy efforts, achievement taken by a group of NGOs.

Secondly, it was followed by a presentation on the updates on the emergency response to 97 families affected by house fire in Chak Angre Krom, of Daun Penh district, taken by various donors such as Catholic NGOs, local Catholic Church, NGOs, and other private donors. Mr. Mey Long, Disaster Risk Reduction Manager of Caritas Cambodia briefed on the background of the incident, challenges, and funding, as well as current and future intervention.

The third agenda was led by Bishop Oliver Schmitthaeusler on the discussion on the preparation of the “Jubilee for the Sick and People living with Disabilities”. Bishop Oliver encouraged all NGOs and parishes to take action on this special event which is going to be held on 12 June 2016. He gave some ideas on how the day should be celebrated and called for ideas and suggestions as the efforts to think and support for the day in order to share the church compassion and mercy to the needy.
Mr. Mi Nac, from CCC presented on the new NGO law (LANGO) and Mr. Mey Long presented on the updates on the emergency response to 97 families affected by house fire in Chak Angre Krom of Daun Penh district, Phnom Penh. Picture (Up-down)
The next three meetings of CACD 2016 are scheduled:
  • 13 June 2016
  • 10 October 2016
  • 16 January 2017-Annual retreat.
About CACD in Cambodia
A group of Catholic agencies have met semi-regularly over the past 10 years in order to share information and solidarity among likeminded organizations on behalf of the poorest in Cambodia. In June 2011, Bishop Olivier asked agencies represented to do more to enhance cooperation particularly as many Catholic organizations work in similar sectors, such as health and education. An ad-hoc committee was formed to help better define this group. It was discussed that there may be natural connections that could be cultivated and enriched through joint activities and a more guided, unified approach to implementation and sharing. Several meeting of the ad hoc group have occurred and in September 2011, a facilitated discussion took place among Catholic agencies to identify areas of working together. These events form the basis for this Terms of Reference.
Objectives of the Alliance:
  • To strengthen the Catholic/Group Identity: As Catholic organizations we are linked by a rich tradition of Catholic social teaching and thought. The Alliance will seek to increase our understanding of our Catholic roots as the basis for strengthening our overall identity.
  • To increase sharing of experience/knowledge among members: There is much experience and expertise among Catholic organizations. The regular meetings provide the basis for sharing this experience and knowledge to other members for their information and learning.
  • To maximizing the Charitable work of the Alliance: Through sharing and strengthening, it is anticipated that Catholic organizations will be able to maximize their work together. The meeting will serve as a platform to discuss ways to compliment and expand our collective work as appropriate.
Some activities in the CACD meeting on 14 March 2014 at Caritas Cambodia Office in Phnom Penh


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