Bassac Theater was the scene of a celebration last month by the Cambodian Association
for the Elderly (CAE), an outreach program for senior citizens that opened on Sept.
"The purpose of this program is to promote and meet the needs of persons who
are living a long life, and to enhance the quality of that life," said Kum Nget,
head of CAE, at the celebration.
CAE lists 152 members and is supported by 37 different NGOs, government agencies
and individuals who have concerns for elderly Cambodians. CAE was organized to assist
senior citizens who have no living or known relations, or those who are among the
poorest of the population. The association also assists elderly people whose families
CAE will assist eligible elders and their families in upgrading living conditions,
providing medical treatments, and organizing funeral ceremonies, wedding parties,
traditional Cambodian ceremonies, and will offer a Khmer music service at a discount
CAE will also upgrade household plumbing and drill water wells for eligible senior
citizens and their families.
The program also provides accommodation for those suffering from debilitating mental
illnesses, as well as providing banking services for financing agricultural, fishing,
and handicrafts projects.
CAE also publishes a quarterly journal, "The Cambodian Elderly Review."