Phnom Penh: After a long, rigid searching process, APLE Cambodia has been selected for Child 10 Stockholm Award 2017, and its Executive Director, Mr Seila Samleang, was presented the award prize at the ceremony held on Tuesday, October 23, in Stockholm, Sweden, in which nearly 200 people were participating. APLE is one of the top 10 frontline organizations from seven countries around the world, that was honored to accept the award this year. These countries include Cambodia, Congo, Greece, Jordan, Palestine, Sweden and Uganda.
Reach for Chance Sweden who founded Child 10 Award and hosted the award ceremony for the last 4 years was quoted that “Awardees of 2017 are bold, grassroots leaders who daily work to improve the lives of children on the run from war and conflict”. Every year, Reach for Change Sweden selects and supports bold leaders from around the world that are standing up and fighting for children; that are strategic, result driven, inspiring, have a deep passion and motivate others to follow.
For more than 13 years of operation, APLE Cambodia has been protecting, supporting, and responding to the needs of these marginalized children. Working with the local authorities, APLE has secured rescues of 820 children affected by sexual abuse and exploitation, and convictions of 283 child abusers. APLE team has also raised awareness and trained 13,198 individuals who have now embodied a nationwide network to monitor and prevent abuse. Clearly, our successes go beyond this number and are crucial to achieve a long term sustainable change in the future.
Seila Samleang said from the ceremony in Stockholm that “Every achievement of social and legal justice for the powerless children affected by abuse and exploitation is what motivates us to keep up the fight. Thanks to all our supporters and collaborators in all areas who have made us a great organisation.”