On the 1st of May, Sopheak joined the Starfish outreach team. During the last year Starfish has seen a large increase in client numbers and Meng’s workload has steadily grown. We are happy to have Sopheak on the Starfish team as he has proven himself to be caring, sensitive and hard working.
On the 20th of April, a village near Otres Beach was burned down and demolished by a large number of police and military men following a land dispute. 13 men were arrested, one of whom was a minor. The eviction left 107 families homeless and without means to support them selves.
Starfish has since cooperated with M’lop Tapang and LICADHO in order to provide the families with roofs, medical care, food and legal support. We have distributed plastic roofs, medicines, rice, tuna, noodles, fishing nets and mosquito nets. We have also helped sick people from the village to reach emergency health care when needed.
On the 6 of april Boun Keng’s father contacted us, his son had just been diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg. His 14 year old son could still receive free care from Kantha Bopha so we referred him there. After 2 weeks of treatment, doctors at Kantha Bopha informed us that his leg had to be amputated and that they could not provide him with the needed chemotherapy. Starfish started researching on other hospitals providing chemotherapy; we found out that today Russian Hospital in Phnom Penh is the only medical facility that can provide such treatment. After discussing with the family we decided that the family would live in Phnom Penh for the next 2 month, making sure their son received the 2 times a day treatment the doctors in the hospital suggested. Boun Keng has been very strong and unbelievable brave through the whole treatment and is now recovering with his very supportive family in Phnom Kiew, Sihanoukville.
Next step is the introduction to Cambodia Trust for the fitting of his prosthesis, physiotherapy and training for his future. Starfish will continue to support Boun Keng and his family.