Foster independence and trust in Cambodian children, living in conditions of extreme vulnerability, many in the streets, exposed to violence and abuse, through Music, circus and traditional dances laboratories at the M’Lop Tapang Art Center in Sihanoukville.
445 Cambodian children and youths between the ages of 10 and 22, living in conditions of extreme vulnerability.
Since 2003, M’Lop Tapang has been providing support to the street children living in Sihanoukville, a major tourist attraction on the southern Cambodian coast. From the beginning, art and music have been an essential part of the organization’s activities – a way to make contact with street children, build a relationship with them, contribute to and increase their self esteem and trust, and help them overcome the trauma of their pasts. Since January 2016, M’Lop Tapang opened a new Arts Centre, offering artistic activities free of charge for more than 400 children and youths living in socially disadvantaged conditions. In 2018, the project, also supported by AMI, in co-partnership with AMG, foresaw the organizations of musical workshops where children could learn to sing and play the guitar, the piano or the drums; circus and acrobatic workshops (aerial arts, juggling, clownery, unicycle riding); and dance workshops, including traditional Cambodian dances – contributing to passing on these traditions to the new generations.
M’Lop Tapang: was born in 2003 to support the street children of Sihanoukville. Currently, more than 4,000 children and youths and 1,500 families are involved, participating in nine specialized centers in the area of Sihanoukville that offer shelter, medical care, education, sports and art, consultancy and support, and protection for families from all kinds of abuse.