Hope for Cambodian Children Foundation (HOPE) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Royal Cambodian Government in May 2016. This was a very exciting development for HOPE. We had been negotiating for a new MOU for 2 years. The signing is a very important milestone for HOPE as it affirms the direction we have been working towards and have achieved during the last 12 months. That is, there are NO children remaining in residential care at Hope for Cambodian Children. We have now achieved our goal and HOPE is a Community-Based Care Organisation servicing local disadvantaged, vulnerable and poor children and their families.
In 2006 The Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitations (MoSVY) adopted a Policy on Alternative Care for Children. This new policy direction aimed at ensuring “that children grow up in a family and in a community” and promotes the approach that “institutional care should be the last resort and a temporary solution”. Through this policy, the Ministry also encourages other relevant Ministries and Non Government Agencies to be committed to implement policies and related programs of alternative care; to build the capacity of Cambodian staff working in the sector and for agencies to work with MoSVY to establish monitoring and evaluation systems.