Friends Cambodia

Phnom Penh / Kandal

Mith Samlanh

Mith Samlanh (meaning ‘friends’ in Khmer) was started in 1994 by Friends-International. It was officially localized in 2002

Saving Lives

Child protection, emergency, family support and protection of specific vulnerable groups:

  • teams provide outreach services day and night across the city aiming at street populations, vulnerable communities and specific high risk populations such as drug users and sex workers (and their children)
  • Several Drop-in Centers are in operation across city zones providing a range of services based on identified needs (including harm reduction services, health services, hygiene facilities, rest places, education spaces, life skills education, and/or counseling spaces)
  • Specialized services are provided, including those targeted at drug users (prevention education, harm reduction, detoxification and rehabilitation) HIV positive persons (harm reduction, support groups, health management…) and sex workers (Night Bus, condom distribution, support to children, Futures Employment services…)
  • Emergency services, including Child Protection, response to floods, fires, emergency food support, access to health care…

Building Futures

Supporting children, youth and families to build a sustainable future:

Futures Education

teams provide access to education and ensure children remain in school with early childhood classes, remedial education classes, school reintegration support and support classes

Futures Employment

teams ensure that youth and caretakers access gainful and dignified employment through vocational training, soft skills training, psycho-social support, employment advice and placement in employment or self-employment


teams support families and ensure children live in a safe family environment; this can include a stay in a Transitional Home leading to family identification and reintegration or placement in a foster care family when needed, or independent living for older youth are old enough. Support to families and ensuring children live in a safe family, including foster care families when needed.

3PC Cambodia

the Program is an active member of 3PC Cambodia.

ChildSafe Movement

Friends-International is also actively involved in various international networks and regular events, including:

ChildSafe Agents:

our ChildSafe teams identify, train and support the ChildSafe Agents, who are based on the streets and in communities, bringing child protection and support services to all children at risk or in situations of abuse

ChildSafe Hotline:

the program also manages the ChildSafe Hotline for Phnom Penh and Kandal.



P.O. Box 588, #215 Street 13, Sangkat Chey Chumneas Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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+855 23 220 596

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Mith Samlanh