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Cambodian Red Cross asks donors to up contributions

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Russian ambassador to Cambodia Anatoly Borovik donates humanitarian aid to the Cambodian Red Cross in 2020. Hong Menea

Cambodian Red Cross asks donors to up contributions

The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) is calling for donations in order to continue its humanitarian mission of helping the most vulnerable people in the Kingdom.

The call comes ahead of plans to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8. The day will be marked under the theme “Together with the Cambodian Red Cross to resolve challenges and continue to strengthen community resilience”.

A CRC press release on March 1 said the organisation, headed by Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and Bun Rany Hun Sen, was asking global donors and compatriots to contribute generously to its appeal.

“These donations will enable the National Association of Resources to continue to provide humanitarian services, address challenges, strengthen community resilience and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable in our society, in accordance with the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent”, it said.

The CRC hoped that donors would provide material and financial support, adding that working groups at its headquarters would be available to receive donations from March 1 onwards.

Men Neary Sopheak, first deputy secretary-general of the CRC, told The Post on March 2 that the call for donations was no different from previous appeals. The organisation’s work is more necessary than ever during the pandemic, she added.

“We will accept donations from now until the anniversary arrives on May 8. It is too early to say if we have received many donations yet, but we expect most contributions will be gifted in April,” she said.

The CRC central committee previously announced that in 2021, the CRC had achieved its goals in many priority areas, such as taking responsibility for preventing the transmission of Covid-19 and providing support to victims’ families and more than 100,000 of the Kingdom’s most vulnerable families.

It has also approved its 2021 revenue-expenditure report – with a recommendation to strengthen its auditing processes to gain donors trust. It added that the report did not include donations, and that its expenditure requests for 2022 had decreased by 12.40 per cent.


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