LHA Sewing School
We believe it is important to involve the local community in our new centre, and to work with them to address some of their other education related needs. Prostitution and sex trafficking are problems in Cambodia and uneducated girls from poor rural communities, who go to the towns to try to earn a living, are at risk. To help address the dire need for uneducated young women in the commune to gain some income producing skills we have commenced a sewing and tailoring training program which we are conducting in the community room which we included in our new building.
We have invited Life and Hope Association, who run a very effective sewing training program in Siem Reap, to partner with us to deliver our sewing training program. They have the experience and the skilled trainers who are working with us to ensure our training program is the best it can be. We will also provide the young women with lessons in basic literacy and numeracy, and basic money handling and business skills, so that they are equipped to establish their own small businesses if they wish. We have encouraging results from our feasibility study in relation to potential markets for the future output of our program graduates.
Education support program
If we are able to raise the necessary funds we plan to conduct an education support program to assist girls from poor families to go on to secondary school. We believe this is very important as comparatively few girls in our commune continue on to secondary education due to the cost to their families and other reasons. It is a well established fact that educating girls has a very direct and significant positive effect on alleviating poverty as it tends to lead to smaller family size, and higher family nutrition and education levels.