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Red Cross President Contributes US $1 Million to the King and Queen Mother’s Humanitarian Activities

PHNOM PENH: The President of the Cambodian Red Cross, First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen, led a delegation of Cambodian Red Cross members to pay respects to His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, as well as to present a report on past humanitarian activities and the future direction of the Cambodian Red Cross. This royal visit took place at the Royal Palace of Cambodia on Wednesday morning, 1 June.

On that occasion, First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen presented His Majesty the King US $500,000, and the Queen Mother another US $500,000, as a contribution to both Majesties’ humanitarian activities.

At the same time, the First Lady also presented to the King and Queen Mother the report on the work results of the Cambodian Red Cross in 2021 and the first 5 months of 2022, including the work to prevent the spread of Covid-19, help the victims, increase road safety, mine education, public health, and social welfare.

According to the report, more than three million people received assistance from the Cambodian Red Cross in 2021, built 792 houses for the poor, of which 628 were built for poor Cambodian veterans, and provided interest-free loans to 572 families in mine risk areas. Additionally, the Cambodian Red Cross trained nearly 10,000 first aid agents and donated US $1 million to Kantha Bopha Hospital and US $50,000 to Angkor Hospital for Children, visited thousands of pregnant and postpartum women, among other work activities.

After hearing the report from the First Lady, the King and Queen Mother of Cambodia praised the activities of the Cambodian Red Cross, for not only alleviating the hardships of the people, but also promoting Cambodia’s Buddhist culture. They noted that what is most important is that the leadership of the First Lady has kept officials, staff, volunteers, and youth of the Red Cross at all levels active.

Both of the Majesties wished First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen success in strongly leading the humanitarian mission in Cambodia even more.

The Cambodian Red Cross, established on 18 February 1955, is the largest humanitarian organization in Cambodia, and assists the Royal Government in humanitarian work to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable people. However, during the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-1979, all activities of the Cambodian Red Cross were suspended and the organization lost its unity.

Since its reunification in 1994, the Cambodian Red Cross has undergone many stages of institutional development and reform. First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen has been the chairman since 1998. The Cambodian Red Cross currently spends between US $12 million and US $13 million a year on humanitarian work.

In celebration of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on 8 May 2022, the Cambodian Red Cross donated a total of US $16 million and two 12-seater vehicles, as well as rice, drinks, and other items.

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