We would like to extend sincere congratulations to Thomas Holdo Hansen for being awarded the prestigious Royal Order of Sahametrei by Royal Decree of His Majesty the King of Cambodia.

The Royal Order of Sahametrei is a medal presented by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia by Royal Decree of the King of Cambodia.

It is presented primarily to foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or as a token of friendship.

The award was signed by the Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Padey Dekjo Hun Sen, and presented by  Lieutenant General Meas Savan at a ceremony at the Military Handicap Development Center (MHDC) Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap .

Located 40 minutes drive from Siem Reap town center, near Phnom Kulen, MHDC operates a public school, a medical clinic, a handicraft center and offers social housing for ex-military and their families.

The center has been set up predominantly to house army personnel and their families, who have been injured during the course of their career in the National Cambodian Army (NAC – National Army Cambodia), whether in active service or from landmine injuries. The conditions and injuries vary between severe paralysis, loss of sight, deafness or arms, hands or legs missing from land mine incidents.

The local primary school officially opened in December 2010 and the center itself was officially opened on Sunday 31st July with an official opening ceremony headed by the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Padey Dekjo Hun Sen.

Currently there are approximately 120 families housed at the center and over 80 children enrolled in the school, but this number is likely to double over the next year as more families move to the center. The school and health center are also open to those not living at the center.