Awards and Recognitions

We are proud to be recognized by our national government and international communities for the work we do in Cambodia.


In 2021, APLE was awarded a token of appreciation by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, for the invaluable, inspirational and humanitarian contribution to protecting children, especially during Covid-19 crisis. 

In 2017, APLE received the Sahametrei medal for the organisation’s greatest contribution to the protection of children in Cambodia which was awarded by Prime Minister of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

In 2015, in recognition of the highest impact work with children, families and communities, we won a Stars Impact Award which represents a high standard in programming for underserved children. The award includes $50,000 USD plus capacity building support, and was presented during the annual Philanthropreneurship Forum held at the Palais des Congrès de Versailles, Paris, on Saturday 12th December 2015. Mr. Samleang Seila, APLE Cambodia’s Executive Director, said after receiving the award that “We’re proud and privileged to bring APLE up to the standard for winning this award and being globally recognized. This greatly signifies our priceless contribution to the safety of Cambodian children. However, we can’t celebrate our success here and say it’s finished. The war against child sexual exploitation is still a long way to fight.”

In 2017, APLE, among 10 boldest grass-root organizations around the world, received the Child 10 Award for working to improve the lives of children on the run from war and conflict and for bringing justice for marginalized children. Every year, Child 10 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 motivates others to follow.


International collaboration in justice seeking processes is essential for the just prosecution and conviction of offenders from overseas. APLE has built relationships with international law enforcement agencies and works in close collaboration with them on cases of transnational child sexual exploitation, which, in many cases, has led to successful judicial outcomes. APLE’s work has therefore been recognized and appreciated by foreign law enforcement such as FBI, HSI, BKA, Belgium National Police.

In 2021, five APLE staff members were certified as “Agents of Change” after successfully completing the 20 hours of training on victim-centered approach. APLE staff will integrate what they have learned in their work, to enhance the activities that they provide for child protection.

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