HIV Parade in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville. Mlop Tapang, an organization that leads programs for the protection of street children in the city port, celebrated the first HIV Parade from 24 to 26 of February to raise awareness about this sickness that has victimized thousands of Cambodians in the last decades, especially children and women. The parade included educational moments like the use of condom and the need of protection in the case of any sexual relation. Some organizations and companies joined the cause of Mlop Tapang like the Cambodian airports, Ezecom, Sovereing, ANZ Royal, Total Station, Coolabah Resort Hotel and Regent School Sihanoukville. Last Thursday the program began at 15:00 at the central market (Psah Leu) with the participation of the Mlop Tapang girls vocal center, circus, dance and perfomances of the children included in the project of the local NGO. There were also six children and youth bands like Sue, Lok Krus (teachers’), BTB, Epic Arts and Band Plus, among others. Friday the appointment was at the old bus station (now a growing gathering park). Saturday was the last day with a big motor parade cars of the male tranining center. Sihanoukville, the third more important city of Cambodia, became a prey of child sexual tourism in the last decade, a situation that attracted also several organizations like Mlop Tapang that has invested in children and families to protect, prevent and follow cases of child and women abuse. Other organizations in the city join the campaing to make the city port a safe place for children, youth and women, especially in education and prevention.

Report and photos by Chhin Sieng, Don Bosco News Agency

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

3 responses to “HIV Parade in Sihanoukville”

  1. Sopheary says :

    It’s wonderful work to help kids and i would like to joint your work to from Oct,2011.

    Maybe I can help find fund to help them.

    SO please let me know by e-mail or phone me (+855) 12 977 931.


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