Cambodian Women's Development Agency

Vision: Women and children in Cambodia have quality of life, dignity, safety and are free from discrimination. Mission: To enhance the capacity of women in Cambodia through empowerment, education, self-development and advocacy in collaboration with stake-holders. Goal: To find practical and innovative solutions to social problems by empowering vulnerable women and children in under-served communities to govern their own lives and become autonomous and self-reliant.
May 27, 2015

The girls love to skateboard!

The girls in their gear
The girls in their gear

CWDA has been collaborating with Skateistan Cambodia since 2012. Skateistan’s mission is to use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment, to create new opportunities and the potential for change for vulnerable youth. As it’s second project after its monumental success in Afghanistan, Skateistan is now impacting the lives of many youths, including our girls, here in Cambodia.

Every Thursday without fail the girls attend a two hour session at the skateboarding park in Phnom Penh. Getting in the tuktuk on the dot of 1.30pm in order to arrive in plenty of time, they jitter with excitement. Arriving at the park, it is easy to understand why.

The sense of community and empowerment felt when walking into the skateboarding park is overwhelming. Skateboarding has become an outlet for creative expression for the girls; they have so much fun showing off their skills on the different ramps and learning new tricks – and they are very good! The girls are well and affectionately known here by the instructors and other students, having been some of the first students of Skateistan Cambodia.

Watching them, it is clear how much they cherish the opportunity each week. Not only does having such an unique hobby increase self-confidence, it develops trust, friendship and valuable life skills such as leadership and teamwork.

Soryah*, one of the older girls, says that skateboarding gives her the opportunity to “escape” and to relieve her stress through exercise. Meymey* loves going each week to meet up with her friends and always has so much fun.

Sokcchoeun, the safe shelter house mother, told me how proud she is of the girls, and that whenever there are competitions people remark on how they skateboard just as well as the boys!

Donations continue make this weekly opportunity possible for the girls, covering the costs of transportation each week and to skateboarding events, as well as appropriate clothing for their hobby.

Everyone at CWDA want to sincerely thank you for your continuing support.

*Not their real names

Feb 20, 2015

Project report

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Title: The girls go swimming and one visits Angkor Wat

The girls in the shelter recently spent a warm Saturday afternoon going swimming! They originally were planning to swim at the Olympic Stadium, but when that was closed, they headed to a private pool nearby. 
There, they practiced their swimming strokes, learned how to do handstands under water and posed for the camera. They refueled with popsicles and juice and were back in the water.
Sreyah*, one of the girls who is attending university, was among about 20 students from CWDA's vocational training program to take a three-day trip to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. The students saved their money and made the trip over a recent weekend. They saw the temples of Angkor Wat, went swimming in a waterfall at Kulen Mountain and went shopping at Siem Reap's night market. They also met teacher Phary's family. They all had a great time and bonded with each other. 
Sreyah is a leader among her peers. She is very friendly, encouraging and makes everyone laugh. 
Report written by Kristi Eaton, communications volunteer  

*Name has been changed. 

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Cambodian Women's Development Agency
Improving the lives of Cambodian women and communities
P.O. Box 2334 | Phnom Penh III | Cambodia
Tel: +855 23210 449 | Fax: +855 23210 487 |
Facebook : Cambodian Womens Development Agency
Twitter : @CWDA1
Nov 18, 2014

Time to go back to school !

Water festival
Water festival

After more than two months of holidays, it's now time for the girls of Safe Shelter to go back to school!

According to Srey Mom*, they had a fantastic holiday: “We cooked, stayed at home to relax, and enjoyed our extra English lessons. We’ve been to the riverside many times, we had a party where we danced, we went to the amusement park and to the swimming pool every week! We played a lot of games and did some arts and crafts! That was amazing!”

Chanda* and Meymey* are facing a big change this year: they just entered university! Chanda* is studying accountancy and she really loves what she is studying, in the future, she would like to work in a bank. She really enjoys her new student life, “I have a lot of friends at university, I am the youngest of the class so they are all older than me, and I really like it!”

Meymey* is studying business and management, and is really happy at university and has many friends. She is a very busy young woman, who is now a volunteer skateboard teacher at Skateistan, 3 hours per day and five days a week, and she also teaches yoga to CWDA staff twice a week!

The younger ones are still in primary and high school. Piny*, the youngest one is in grade 3 and would like to work “in a big company with computers”, Kanha* is in grade 4 and dreams of being a cook in a restaurant or hotel. Panha*, in grade 5 says that she is too young to have plans for her future job! Sokunthea*, grade 7, is already incredibly good in English and wants to become a tour guide and translator. Sreaneath*, grade 10, wants to follow her friend Chanda* and study accountancy.

The school year starts with a lot of dreams and projects for these brave and intelligent girls!

With your support, you are helping turn these girl's dreams into a reality.

Thank you!

 

*Not their real names

Water festival
Water festival
Water festival
Water festival
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School uniforms
School uniform
School uniform

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