09 December 2004
United Nations Volunteers in Cambodia celebrated IVD this year by undertaking health education campaign with the residents of Samaki community in Phnom Penh and with the more than 40 young orphans at the Norea Peaceful Children Center in Battambang province.
In Samaki, about seven health educators from the municipal Health Department together with a number of UN volunteers working in Phnom Penh visited the community and held health education sessions with 210 community people. After the sessions, packages of toiletries which included small towels, bars of soap, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and nail cutters were distributed by the UN volunteers to the participants.
The bars of soap given away were acquired by UNV from a development NGO, Resource Development Institute which sent volunteers to the event to conduct a demonstration on soap making. It was an added benefit for those who participated in the event that aside from learning how they can improve their health, they also discovered that the process of soap making is simple and that the materials needed for it are actually affordable and available.
It is worthy to mention that the event has been graced with messages from HE Map Sarin, Deputy
Governor of Phnom Penh and Ms. Ricarda Rieger, UNDP Resident Representative. The deputy governor stressed the importance of one’s health to keep up a person’s ability to be productive and contribute to the improvement of society. Ms. Rieger on the other hand, underscored the significance of the occasion to specific MDG goals as mentioned above. She also read the IVD message from the UNDP Administrator.
From: UN Volunteers Cambodia