Damnok Toek (Goutte d’ Eau – Cambodia) was incorporated as a local NGO in 1997, with a mission to serve the most marginalized and at risk children and youth in Cambodia. The long-term vision of Damnok Toek is of a country where every child can live a safe and fulfilling life within the confines of a family. Damnok Toek seeks to address this mission and vision through the provision of multiple projects in targeted border communities in Poipet and Neak Leoung inclusive of Employment Resources, Migration Services, Drop-In/ Reception Centres, Residential Centres, Medical Clinics, and Non-Formal Education.
To enable vulnerable or marginalized children to have all of their basic needs met and their rights respected.
Our vision is to assist all vulnerable children, particularly:
- Trafficking victims;
- Street working or street living children;
- Young people living with physical or intellectual disabilities;
- Victims of any kind of exploitation or abuse.
Damnok Toek (DT) works in four main locations throughout Cambodia; Neak Loeung, Poipet and Phnom Penh.
Since 1997, DT has been running a drop in centre and a residential shelter in Neak Loeung. These facilities provide vulnerable children both from communities and DT’s residential centre with access to counselling, non-formal education, vocational training and medical care.
Beginning work in Poipet in 1999, DT has been assisting vulnerable children and their families through a range of targeted health, education and vocational programs. Located in the north west of Cambodia at the main border crossing to Thailand, Poipet can be an exceptionally hazardous place for children.
The significant number of children living with a disability (CWD), combined with the lack of specialised structures in Cambodia; led DT to open a centre in Phnom Penh (in August 2003) for children and with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
To face the lack of services for young adults with mental disabilities, Goutte d’eau – a child support network (GEcsn) opened a social farm business in January 2017.
Executive Director Statement
I consider that education is fundamental to the opportunity of children in Cambodia. There were several major highlights in 2015, including the launching the of the new mobile rehabilitation project, a sexual health education program and the rapid growth of the community kindergarten program.DT strives to work’s in an inclusive and collaborative way to address the many issues faced by vulnerable children in all aspects of their lives. At the center of our vision, is our aim to continue to build on our many successes and place the reintegration of children into their families, and in Cambodian society, as the main objective in 2016 and beyond.DT will continue to explore partnerships that respond to the needs of adults living with disabilities; and to develop its training capacity and support for NGOs and families. DT strives to develop services that are adaptive, responsive and holistic. In February 2016, DT’s new Strategic Plan was launched, it focused the 4 key pillars of:
1-Non-Formal Education and Reintegration
3-Safe Migration and Anti-trafficking
4-Access to Employment and Sustainability; and Physical and Intellectual Disabilities.
This document will be used to guide the organizations direction over the next 4 years I would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions that DT members, individuals, stakeholders, board members and Technical Advisors’ have made.
Dr. Sovannarith Sam Executive Director,
Phnom Penh, January 2018