||Friends-International began supporting children and young people who were living and working on the streets of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, in August 1994. At first the program was known as ‘Little Friends’, then ‘Friends’, then ‘Mith Samlanh’, which is Khmer for ‘friends’.
Friends-International supported the development of this program and its localization in 1999.
Due to the success of Mith Samlanh, an increasing number of organizations and countries became interested in the work carried out by Friends-International. At the request of various international organizations (including UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank), Governments (Government of the Lao PDR) and local organizations, Friends-International expanded its work across South East Asia and beyond.