Back to the project map

Friends-International

Field of intervention
Economical development
Supported organization
Friends-International
Country and localization
Cambodia, Siem Reap
Supported people
35 parents from very disadvantaged communities
Project helped in
2012
Amount of the support
25 000 euros

Autonomy of people in difficulty with the creation of microentreprises around productions made from recycled materials.

Friends-International, an association founded in 1994, works with street children and youths in urban areas, their families and communities, so that they may become productive and independent citizens of their country. Friends-International and its partners support more than 50,000 street children and youths across the world in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico and Egypt.

In 2005, in Cambodia, Friends-International set up its Kaliyan Mith program (meaning “good friends” in Khmer) to meet the needs of these marginalized children and their families: families receive the necessary equipment (sewing machine, production material, raw materials, etc.) to become autonomous producers working from home. Each family is monitored by a social worker who provides individual support, tailored to their needs: medical care, psychological and social support, housing aid, food. The products made are then sold in several outlets in Siem Reap.

In 2012, the Accor Foundation* supported this program and helped the NGO to set up 2 new production workshops: “silkscreen printing” and “ornamental metal work and jewelry” in order to diversify and broaden the technical skills taught to beneficiaries.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Charles-Henri Chevet
General Manager Sofitel Cambodia

"The Foundation* made it possible for Friends to broaden the range of training it offers, allowing beneficiaries to acquire more skills."