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OEC with its first name as Operations Enfants du Cambodge took its birth on 1st March 1996, authorized by paper no 198 sjn, dated 14 March 1997 of Ministry of Interior, focusing its activities on serving children of father or mother wounded by mine explosion, or parents member infected by HIV/AIDS, hospitalized in reference hospital of Battambang.

Step by step the activities of Operations Enfants de Battambang, supported by international organizations and foundation, extended its operational scope to support orphans of AIDS parents, disabled children, children of poor families, children living in areas facing difficulties and to empower poor children and young people not attending formal school by organizing non-formal education and health care for them. These supporting activities spread out to other nearby provinces, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, and Pailin that caused the organization to raise its function to “Operations Enfants du Cambodge” (OEC), approved by paper no 1564 sjn on 5 December 2006 of Ministry of Interior. For information concerning supporting resources and working train of OEC, please see our page of OEC profile.

General Evaluation
OEC organized a general assembly on 25 August 2010 in Kampong Som city evaluating its 15 yea-work from 1996 to 2010 in paying serious attention to the real cultural, social and political environment. As result, the assembly decided to amplify the past activities with effective and strong commitment to develop rights, freedom and liberty of children through access to education, in preventing and fighting physical abuse, sexual exploitation of women and their children throughout operational fields. The participants entrusted OEC to adjust its mission in adding support for formal and informal human rights education based on World Program for Human Rights, first phase 2005-2009 and second phase 2010-2014 which have been supported by Cambodian Education Ministry stated in its initiatives, received by Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 24 July 2009.
The assembly suggested grouping all projects in three main programs: child’s rights affairs, rural women empowerment and disability affairs in keeping drug prevention as special project (see our strategic plan for 2011-2015)
Additionally the participants asked OEC to prepare documents and conduct training for OEC staff on human rights, women rights and children rights of human rights; inter-relation between Human Rights and Democracy; Human Rights and Good Governance; human rights and development; human rights and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) so that all OEC staffs can commonly with a same effort integrate human rights, children rights and women rights in all projects through all activities to strengthen individual integrity and national harmony.
Opening General Assembly of OEC to evaluate the result of the 15-year work and identify new alternative ogectives
Executive director in quality of strategic plan committee member Summarizes the achievement and asks the attendees to study the issues
Small group studies the strategic issues and the strategic goals proposed by the planning committee
Serious study and intense discussion before finalizing the general plan and new orgaizational structure for year 2011-2015

Where we do

First, OEC concentrated its activities in five provinces: Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Pailin and Uddor Meanchey , because these provinces supported a long suffering since 1974, year the Khmer Rouge launched their first offensive against Cambodian government and exercised later their purge during their reign. This western part of the country continued to be a battlefield throughout the 1980s, and millions of landmines were sown across the region. The Rouge resumed fighting, boycotted the election of 1993 sponsored by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and, in the following year, rejected its results. It then fought the new Cambodian coalition government coming from the election. Since 1990 Cambodia has gradually recovered, demographically and economically, from the Khmer Rouge regime, although the psychological scars affect many Cambodian families and migrant communities, especially people in remote areas of the five targeted provinces which need presently moral, educational, psychological and economical support, with preventive measure to get oneself out of mine-danger.

From 2013, in paying more attention to article  6 of CRC about survival and healthy development of children, article 19 about protection of children from all forms of violence, article 28 about right of children to quality of education, article 29 about goals of education which should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest, article 39 about rehabilitation of child victims and principally article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, about right of children with disabilities to have all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children, OEC has created the project “Ensuring the Rights of Child” to realize inclusive education in the portfolio of Children’s Rights Development Program (CRDP), expanding its activities into six other provinces, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Koh Kong, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear and Kampong Cham, supported by Safe the Children to empower children with disabilities, improve equal access to education and eliminate discrimination in education.

In the view of eliminating discrimination in education, OEC has created the project “Smiling Cambodian Children” by building child- friendly spaces, non-formal education classes, parents association and child clubs for child protection in Sihanouk province, funded by triple sponsors through BICE, OAK, MISEREOR AND KINDERMISSIONSWERK.

OEC provides the Poor Children and Children in the families affected by HIV/AIDS with scholarship facilitating their learning in primary and secondary school in Ek Phnom district, Battambang province, funded by CHMITZ STIFTUNGEN to strengthen equal access to quality of education.

OEC enters Ratnak Mondol and Samlot district, Battambang province, since 2014 implementing nutrition program, NOURISH funded by USAID.

For detailed information, please read our Global Annual Report 2014 here published.                                                                                                                                                             

Why we do? Because:

  • To participate in country development,
  • To participate in realization of Cambodia MDG1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • To participate in realization of Cambodia MDG2: Achieve universal nine-year basic education,
  • To participate in realization ot Cambodia MDG3: Promote gender equality and empower women,
  • To participate in realization of the Overall target 8/CMDG 3: Reduce significantly all forms of violence against women and children,
  • To participate in realization of Cambodia MDG4: Reduce child mortality,
  • To participate in realization of Cambodia MDG5: Improve maternal health,
  • To develop Human Rights of children and eliminate discrimination in education in serving the convention against discrimination in education and the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
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Address: Operations Enfants du Cambodge (OEC)
No 23 , Sophy II, Rattanak commune, Battambang city, Battambang province, Cambodia
Tel: +855(0) 53 952 752