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Barely any spending on elderly

Buo Phan (91) portrait elderly poor In a 2015 article in the Phnom Penh Post, we find affirmation for what we were suspecting during our research on elderly in Cambodia. We went through all budget information released by the Cambodian government to find how much of their budget is allocated to elderly support. Our fellow researcher translated all from Khmer, looking […] Continue reading →

Khwon Chhoeut

Khwon Chhoeut (76) is a man who owns houses and rents them for income. He and his wife (71) live together in their own house. He tells us that after his daughters finished studying and moved away, he asked his nephew and niece, children of  a poor relative, to come and live with him, as […] Continue reading →

Health care taken for granted: story of Nou Tab (89)

There are moments during our research that the comparison between our native country, The Netherlands, and Cambodia are too painful to ignore. Like a physical experience, the visits and encounters with elderly people in their environment give you more information then we will ever get from so much interesting and well-written articles. One concept in […] Continue reading →

Elderly: What do we see in Cambodia and The Netherlands? (2)

Lai Lee (76) portrait Phnom Penh Cambodia Of course we will be publishing a lot about the differences between elderly in Cambodia and The Netherlands. Interesting? Yes. Educational? Yes. Will it inspire people to action for elderly? We will do all we can to do that, and invite you to join us.  Today we take you to Mr. Lai Lee (76) from Cambodia […] Continue reading →

Mith Chham

Mith Chham is a young looking woman, the leader of the Older People Association (OPA) of the village Sam Roang Snor, near Battambang city. She has been OPA leader since 2006, when she was elected. She still does some other work for the community for money, and her daughter doubted her being OPA leader, since […] Continue reading →

Policy on elderly: trends in Cambodia 3

OPA policy in rural area Cambodia Elderly policy in Cambodia As we do in other countries, we also research the current demographic trends and policy to find important developments and key issues. In a serie of 3 articles you can read about Cambodia. According to the strategic planning for 2014 to 2018 the Ministry of Social affairs, Veterans and Youth is […] Continue reading →

Giving back the portraits to the elderly: an adventure in Battambang

making of Hnok Kok and Ean Mann. giving back photos. After an intense week of meeting elderly in the Battambang province, making portraits and video of them and their stories, guided by Helpage staff, we decided to go back by ourselves. Printing their portraits, the least we wanted to do is give them back to the old people we visited. So now on our own, […] Continue reading →

Policy on elderly: trends in Cambodia 2

Environment elderly cambodia As we do in other countries, we also research the current demographic trends and policy to find important developments and key issues. In a serie of 3 articles you can read about Cambodia. From all census and research information done in Cambodia, the following key issues are formulated: 1. Poverty Many elderly are living in […] Continue reading →

Hnok Kok

In the village of Sam Roang Snor, in Battambang province, we meet a married couple: Hnok Kok (80) and Mann Ean (85). They live together in a house in this village and have been living here for as long as they can remember. They never had children, that is why they live alone here. But […] Continue reading →

Elderly: What do we see in Cambodia and The Netherlands (1)

In may 2017 we will première our documentary on elderly in Cambodia, and publish our research about the lessons to learn from lives of elderly and the care arrangements we create. Meanwhile we share with all of you what we see during our research. To take you with us on this journey and the experiences […] Continue reading →