Project SKY, Cambodia
Sarah has a degree in Modern Languages and worked in England, Germany, France and Mali (West Africa) before coming to Cambodia - she has been in Cambodia for fifteen years. She first established and managed a project called HOSEA (Helping Orphanages by Support, Education and Advice) designing, co-ordinating and organising interactive workshops and training courses for alternative child-care providers in Phnom Penh and Kandal Province. She helped to draft both the Policy for Alternative Care of Children and the Minimum Standards for Alternative Care. In 2007, she founded Project SKY which provided services and opportunities to ensure the safe reintegration and social inclusion of young people out of orphanages and into communities, countering the effects of institutionalisation. Project SKY was localised to become a Local NGO called M’lup Russey in 2012 - M’lup Russey has a specific emphasis on family reunification, the safe reintegration of children out of residential care back into families, emergency foster care provision and case management procedures, as well as training residential centres and other Government partners on the proper implementation of alternative care policy, and working very closely with the Cambodia Government.
Sarah was awarded with the Bronze Labour Medal by HE Ith Samheng at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in December 2012. She is British and is married to a Cambodian – they have two daughters aged 11 and 7. Khmer is her sixth language.