Ratanak International

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Ratanak International
Type NGO
Purpose To help restore Cambodian society and end child exploitation
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Region served
Official language
Website http://www.ratanak.org/
Formerly called
The Ratanak Project

Ratanak International (previously The Ratanak Foundation) is a Christian charity founded by Brian McConaghy in 1989 that works exclusively in Cambodia helping the country rebuild after decades of revolution, civil war and genocide. Ratanak, which means 'precious gem' in Khmer, was an 11-month-old Cambodian baby that Brian McConaghy watched die as a result of a basic lack of medicine in a documentary he was shown in 1989. Since 1990 Ratanak has been working in Cambodia to help prevent such needless deaths. To help rebuild Cambodian society which the Khmer Rouge effectively dismantled in the 1970s, Ratanak has partnered on projects that have built schools, clinics and hospitals, opened orphanages, provided shelters for the elderly and AIDS victims, and initiated emergency programs in response to natural and man made disasters. In 2004, these projects plus many more continued, but the work of Ratanak also took on a whole new dimension as it begin partnering on projects that rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate children sold into sexual slavery.[1][2]

Ratanak International is a Christian organisation,[3] that is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,[4] and has sister organizations in the United Kingdom and Australia plus an operations office in Cambodia .[5]

The Wilberforce Award, named after William Wilberforce, is given by Ratanak International to people who fight human trafficking.[6] Joy Smith, a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) in Manitoba, received the award in 2010 for making it her priority as an MP to expose the issue of human trafficking.[7] Brian McConaghy founded Ratanak International.[8] McConaghy is a forensic scientist who left the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in order to fight human trafficking.[9] Ride for Refuge has supported Ratanak International.[10]


  1. ^ Daphne Bramham (March 23, 2012). "Former RCMP investigator a beacon for change: Brian McConaghy founded Vancouver-based Ratanak International, which helps rescue and educate former sex slaves". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Ric Taylor (October 6–12, 2011). "Hamilton Music Notes". View Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ratanak International". Ride for Refuge. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cambodia: So much need". The Vancouver Sun. August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Human rights on the agenda at prayer breakfast". Winnipeg Free Press. April 23, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Brian Lilley (December 2, 2010). "MP honoured for fighting 'modern slavery'". The London Free Press. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mia Rabson (December 6, 2010). "Byelections cast light on need to redistribute seats". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Terri Theodore (January 16, 2011). "Man convicted of sex crimes in Cambodia has Canadian restrictions dropped". The Canadian Press. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Melissa Martin (April 24, 2011). "Prayer breakfast hears horror of sexual slavery in Cambodia". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ James Wilt (October 18, 2011). "Ride for Refuge bike ride raises money to end sex trafficking: Organizer says event exceeded expectations". The Calgary Journal. Retrieved July 26, 2012.