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Lara Cooper

" As a Mum to three kids myself, I was deeply moved by the poverty I experienced, along with the hope that blooms into bigger hope when people are given a hand up. It's been encouraging to be a part of something so vital, and I continue to be inspired to read the stories that come from Mother’s Heart."

Chris Stain

"Something significant about Mother's Heart is that they help some women to escape the sex industry and to avoid being caught up in human trafficking.

I consider it a privilege to be able to support the valuable work of Mother's Heart Cambodia."

Coral Fokkens

"I am impressed with the standard of care for mums and babies and love the way you support the mums through pregnancy, through birth, and then through parental counselling. I believe that you use the money wisely and the standard of everything you do is equal to any program run in the West."

Supporters' testimonies

July 15, 2014

In her late 20s, Boree has had a hard life and it shows on her body, but not her face. Her face is warm, kind.

Five months pregnant and homeless, Boree was brought to Mother’s Heart by another NGO. Boree had managed the very difficult task of breaking free from sex work...

May 16, 2014

A hair salon owner recently contacted Mother’s Heart to ask whether a woman from our program will be available to join her expanding provincial salon. This is great community cooperation, but what is really exciting is that Chantol, the salon owner, has herself come th...

May 15, 2014

“This girl, see she’s a bad girl”. Even the people who love us can sometimes say destructive things. Chantee’s mother was trying to convince the other people in the hospital of Chantee’s character even as she’d taken time to attend the delivery and care for her daughte...

February 11, 2014

Vicheka found herself surrounded by a group of concerned women. Heavily pregnant, she would wash dishes, do mending, or help sell food, anything to earn enough to buy food for herself. At nights she settled down to sleep on the street. She had attracted the attention o...

November 25, 2013

Any city-dwelling Cambodian is never far from the province of their childhood. This is the home of their extended family and an older rhythm of life. Mother’s Heart’s Social workers are currently putting a lot of effort into provincial care; reintegrating clients into...

August 16, 2013

Pheap is an 18 year-old girl with an unplanned pregnancy. Estranged from her family in the provinces, she came to Mother’s Heart. All was normal during her pregnancy and she delivered a beautiful baby girl.

However things changed for the worse very quickly. On day 4 she...

August 15, 2013

Art is an act of creation, a story, dance or image.

Science is the basis of medicine. Yet art and science come together in the extraordinary possibilities opened up through Anti- Retroviral Therapy (ART).

Mother’s Heart’s first HIV mother and baby have heard that the b...

May 15, 2013

‘Why are you here today?’ politely inquired the dentist.

‘Ask Mother’s Heart’, his client bitterly spat back, as if somehow the staff at Mother’s Heart were responsible for the cavity in her tooth or the other multiple health issues for which the new mother required tr...

March 18, 2013

There is joyful excitement this month in Mother’s Heart as five young mothers graduate from vocational training courses provided by Mother’s Heart partner organisations Open Arms and SCARO and begin work with fair hours and wages.

This is no small ac...

December 25, 2012

You and I know how inconvenient the timing of labour can be. In the lead up to Christmas, MH had three very vulnerable women in labour.

I was torn between the festive activities that I value; parties, wrapping presents, making eatable treats for the family, and the inte...

November 12, 2012

We are so excited this year to have the opening of our new childcare facility called “Little Lambs Daycare”.   

Our new daycare provides sustainable childcare options for the women in our program. 

We are also proud to have received official approval from Cambodia’...

October 30, 2012

When Tivea first came to Mother’s Heart in June of this year, she was desperate to find a hope for the future.  

She was single, pregnant, and alone without a stable income.  

She shares her feelings, “What do I do with myself?  I am sad because I have no solutions from...

September 20, 2012

Sustainability is one of the main goals at Mother’s Heart when it comes to helping the women in our program become financially independent in their communities. Most of the women at Mother’s Heart enter our program with little or no specialized skills that, along with...

August 31, 2012

Several months ago one of the mothers in our program gave birth to an infant with a life threatening disability.  Without surgery, we were told by the doctors that he would not survive.  Even with surgical intervention, according to the surgeon,  he would only have a 1...

July 1, 2012

When we first met one of our new clients, our concerns for her health and the health of her unborn baby were at the forefront of the management of her case. For the safety and confidentiality of our clients we do not use real names and so for this story I will use the...

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