More than US$20 Million Raised during World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day Celebration

Phnom Penh, May 08, 2019 –The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) raised in total US$20.7 million for the humanitarian operations this year, up from US$18 million in 2018.

This amount of fund was collected at the celebration of the 156th anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day held at the CRC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh this morning under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

In her report, Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of CRC, recalled achievements made by the 25 municipal and provincial Red Cross Branches, saying that in 2018 and in the first four months of this year, CRC has provided 139 water wells for almost 30,000 households in remote areas.

In addition, she continued, 167 needy families received new houses and more than 140,000 others obtained relief, while 453 rural households got latrines, and 20,000 others received mosquito nets, and so on.

CRC donated US$1 million to support Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals last year and will continue to do so this year, Samdech Bun Rany Hun Sen stressed.

Currently, CRC has been playing a very important and more effective role in response to emergency rescue and humanitarian mission. Besides, CRC shared some funds for some different nations.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his appreciation for CRC’s mission and contribution to local humanitarian activities and international communities.

The Premier also laid stress on the CRC’s new goals. “During war time, our Red Cross had different goals, and after the country is in peace, we have new goals to move forward our humanitarian mission,” he underlined.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted some natural and man-made disasters in some particular countries and encouraged the CRC to further look at these issues.

By Khan Sophirom