This is Takhmao dump, on the outskirts on Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Takhmao dump has been here for fifteen years
Children often accompany their parents at the dump.
The workers on the dump have little protective clothing. Seven truck loads of rubbish are dumped each day.
The dump cover almost 2 hectares.
A young mother on the dump. There are around 100 people who work on this dump. Two thirds of which are children.
Parents have no alternative but to bring their children to the dump with them.
Some children work on the dump alone.
Mlop codirector visiting the dump to engage with some of the families living there.
SSP social worker has been busy collecting all the names of the children on the dump.
This is one of the families that will be benefitting from the new Mlop/SSP outreach project
The families live in a village surrounding the dump with limited access to water and sanitation.
The new project will provide childcare so that parents can work.
This is Mlop children’s centre when little children will attend five days a week.
The SSP social worker engages with some of the mothers who’s young children will be attending the nursery at Mlop.
The staff are very hands on at Mlop.
The wonderful nursery has padded flooring so that the nursery children can play within a safe environment.
The centre also provides parenting support.
Lunch time! The nursery provides the children with two nutritious meals a day.
Some of the nursery and outreach children enjoying their lunch.
One of the greatest things about Mlop is its large garden which is safe for the children to engage in play.
The Small Steps Project social worker organising a game with some of the outreach children.
Welcome party! The centre put on a party to welcome all the new children to the centre.
Lots of exciting play facilities at the Mlop centre. There is are fruit trees, a sandpit and swings!
But it’s not only play that is important to Mlop. Education is also a vital part of the daily routine. The aim of the outreach programme is to prepare all the children to attend the local school.
Hygiene is also a very important aspect of this project.
The on-hand staff ensure that the children have safe facilities to brush their teeth.
Mlop Children’s Centre in Phnom Penh is a small NGO focussing on preventing child abandonment in some of the poorest communities in the area. Small Steps Project has partnered with them to help the children and their families on the nearby Takhmao dump. 0-6 year olds will attend the Mlop nursery, with older children and parents benefiting from our new outreach programme. This project has been funded by Comic Relief.