Cambodian prelate extends help to families under quarantine

Church workers help distribute goods to families most affected by the pandemic in Cambodia. (Photo by RVA News)

Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler, apostolic vicar of Phnom Penh, visited families under quarantine during the lockdown due to the pandemic to extend the Church’s help to those most in need.

The bishop went to the Mary of Smile Chamkar Teang parish in Takeo Province on April 28 and distributed 100,000 riel (25USD) to each family.

He told the parishioners not to be discouraged and to stay healthy and get treatment if they are sick. He also reminded them to follow health protocols and to exercise daily.

Bishop Schmitthaeusler also distributed 40,000 riels (10USD) to each of the 300 village defenders, and 100,000 riels to 30 village chiefs and one commune chief.

Meanwhile, the Catholic community and Caritas Cambodia have been providing food to 100 needy families daily for 14 days until April 28.

In other areas in Phnom Penh and in nearby provinces, priests have been charged to prepare various items to help people who are in need.

Bishop Schmitthaeusler has urged Catholics to contribute to charity during the pandemic.

Te Mony Ratana, director of the Agriculture Office of the Department of Development of the Ministry of National Defense, said most of the families under quarantine used to work in Phnom Penh and Kampong Som province.

The local Church has already supported about 1,000 families during the lockdown. - Kagnha Keo / RVA News