HelpAge is a local nongovernmental organisation that works to empower older people and their communities to challenge age discrimination, ensure the continuation of an old-age inclusive society, and sustain economic and physical security.
HelpAge Cambodia is Cambodia’s leading agency on ageing and has worked with older people in Cambodia for over 20 years through Older People’s Associations (OPAs), which are a proven, older people-led, safety net mechanism endorsed by the Royal Government of Cambodia to address social and welfare protection needs of older people. HelpAge works with older people across Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces of Cambodia.
HelpAge works closely and in cooperate with the Royal Government of Cambodia, including several central ministries and provincial departments such as Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation; Health; Women’s Affairs; Rural Development; Committee on Disaster Management; and Environment to support to the older people and promote the inclusion of ageing into the development programming and policy efforts in Cambodia.
A society in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.
To work for and with marginalised older people to echo and voice their concerns and needs for rights tohealthcare, social services and economic and physical security, and to promote older people’s activecontributionandequal participationin society.
Timeline of HelpAge in Cambodia
1992 - Began humanitarian relief work responding to Cambodian refugees repatriating from Thai-border camps under a Help The Aged International NGO
1993 - Established eye clinic providing free ophthalmic treatment
1998 - Transitioned from humanitarian relief to community development work through establishing OPAs
2009 - Began participating in the Age Demands Action global campaign challenging ageism and older people’srights
2013 - Worked through 81 OPA across 11 districts in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces to improve the livelihoods of older people and their households
2014 - Localised operations to HelpAge Cambodia, registered under the Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia.
2015 - Established 40 new OPAs across 6 districts in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces to increase the income security and social inclusion of older people in Cambodia
2016 - Established 2 more OPA Federations to support the newly established OPAs and echo the voices of older people in a wider scale.