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What has MRO been doing during the outbreak of COVID-19?

Management Team and Staff took COVID-19 very seriously and began to discuss and analyze the situation.  From those affected by COVID-19 to alternative ways to make sure MRO services were kept alive and continued to benefit Boundary Partners, especially Orphan and Vulnerable Children. Since MRO is a partnership organization, we are continuing to work with our Boundary Partners believing this will produce long term positive impact, ownership, and sustainability. By doing so, the relationship and connection that already existed with these Partners is an effective way of growing relationships during the outbreak of COVID-19 amid social distancing and not gathering as crowds of people.

MRO Leadership Meeting on COVID-19.

Working via collaboration with MoSVY, Subnational Level, and Local Authorities.

Even though Cambodia is still instructed by the government to not holding any meetings or gathering of people to avoid the spread of  COVID-19, MRO’s services are still alive via collaboration with Local Authority providing emergency needs and protection materials (rubbing alcohol, soap, awareness posters, and face masks).

MRO has been working with the Chief of Child Welfare Department of Pusat, Kompong Chang, Takeo, Battambang, Kratie, and Kandal province to distribute protection materials for OVC living in
orphanage and in community.

Receiving MRO contributions, Chief of Child Welfare Department with PoSVY Staff have delivered these protection materials for children and raised their awareness on how to use these materials properly.  Including hand washing with soap and rubbing alcohol, and ways of self-protection and for others.

Emergency Foster Care and Case Management:

FBAC team visited EFC children and families to follow up and provide monthly training. The team provided emergency food and hygiene packs to OVC children and families in Takeo, Kandal and Takream, Battambang. The team also informed children and families about COVID-19 and taught them to wash their hands properly to prevent the virus. Please note that activities were done in March and April 2020.

Supporting Careleaver in Need:

The life skill training to Careleavers about the awareness of COVID-19 and gave out some posters to Careleavers and people in the community to aware of the virus and shared with them about handwashing properly.

A Careleaver who has serious eye problem has been supported and accompanied even during the outbreak of COVID-19, to see the doctor and he has got proper treatment.

Careleaver received emergency foods and medical support for their basic needs. Also, arrangements were made with the Village Chief and neighbors to make sure Careleavers are cared for, staying safe and healthy.

MRO staff visited Youth Club members to assess their feelings during the outbreak of COVID-19 and planning for self-protection and re-connection with their family once they are instructed not to go out of RCI.

Supporting OVC via RCIs Partners:

According to government instruction, RCIs are not allowing children living in RCI to visit their family and homeland for their protection and safety, MRO has been working closely with RCI Partners in taking care of Boundary Partner, Youth Club members and OVC living in RCI for their protection and safety during the Outbreak of COVID-19. We contribute awareness posters and protection materials (face mask, rubbing alcohol, and soap) to RCIs directors for protecting the safety of OVC living in their place.

Active involvement from Key Community People and Youth Peer Network in dealing with COVID-19.

The life skill training to Careleavers about the awareness of COVID-19 and gave out some posters to Careleavers and people in the community to increase awareness of the virus and shared with them about handwashing properly.

Key Community People cooperated with the local authorities to distribute soaps and emergency package of food for vulnerable children and their families.

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