Senhoa Foundation

Supporting vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration, and programs for self-empowerment. We believe in: - Income generation so that vulnerable women can gain economic independence. - Educational and social programs for intellectual empowerment. - Using business sensibilities to achieve humanitarian goals.
Apr 2, 2013

Passing On the Baton

O.O.H Program

'O.O.H Program' is our revamped name for the Jewelry & Life Skills Program. We got a little tired of saying (and typing) such a long and literal name for a life-changing program. Where's the creativity? Where's the pizazz? Finally, after much brainstorming, we came up with a name that everyone concurred to: 'Our Own Hands'. Not only do the girls produce beautiful jewelry, literally, with their own hands, but they are also taking their life and future into their own hands. So supporters and donors, if you've seen 'O.O.H' splashed around, you now know what we're referring to!

The O.O.H Program saw its 2nd graduation last year in December with 11 graduating students. 4 of whom were offered full-time positions from their working internships during the program. The girls were also offered the chance to apply for a position in the 'Artisans Program' (a graduate program for girls who'd successfully undergone the life-skills component) to work as part-time jewellers, focusing on design and production, as well as continued training in structured, fair employment. 

It hasn't just been accreditation gain for our girls. They have been gaining lots more energy and healthy weight from our newly initiated Nutritious Snack scheme. We were receiving a lot of complaints from the girls who were always tired, weak and quite thin. They thought they were sick, but we were quick to see that they were actually underfed. We wanted to demonstrate through the scheme what kinds of healthy choices the girls can make with their food purchases as well as feel the benefits of proper nourishment. 

It's also taking the girls less effort climbing stairs and riding bicycles, for their fitness has improved immensely! Under the instruction of Natalie Deuschle, the girls have been practicing yoga an hour a week, getting familiar with their bodies, developing their coordination and learning the healing power of silence and reflection.

Thank you for your contineous support and for leaving heartprints of kindness and compassion

With Deep Gratitude,

Senhoa Foundation

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Jan 3, 2013

New Collection! Julie Ragolia for Senhoa

Julie Ragolia for Senhoa New Line Launch Party
Julie Ragolia for Senhoa New Line Launch Party

We have officially launched our newest collections!

Julie Ragolia for Senhoa
& Charmed by Senhoa

 

Each Senhoa jewelry piece is individually handcrafted with care, pride, and love by a young woman who is a survivor of, or vulnerable to sexual exploitation in South East Asia. Your purchase will create opportunities for survivor artisans to earn an income, share their stories and raise awareness against modern slavery.

But why jewelry? 

When a young woman is rescued from sex slavery, she is placed in shelter care. During this time, she is often without employment and an income source. 

Jewelry making was chosen for its easy skill acquisition, providing survivors with the immediate satisfaction of success, as well as the medium of art therapy. 


How we help

Senhoa artisans earn a fair trade salary. We also provide educational scholarships and support services to equip them with the ability to make and sustain healthy choices.

Senhoa jewelry is sold worldwide.100% of proceedsfrom jewelry sales go directly to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of young women sold into sex slavery in Southeast Asia.

 

What it means

Each time you purchase and wear a Senhoa jewelry piece, you are doing more than just accessorizing. You are making a statement about what you believe.

Share their stories. Raise awareness against modern slavery.Accessorize your conscience.™

 

Statement from Designer Julie Ragolia...

I’m honored to collaborate with Senhoa on this collection. All young women should have the chance to live a full, empowered life, and Senhoa’s efforts in Cambodia are an inspiration. Their model of education and skill building provides strength, courage and support to so many that are otherwise vulnerable. The collection very much mirrors my love of minimalism and art; with some pieces taking an average of five hours to make by hand, there is a true sense of craft and dedication in each piece. Creating a collection for both men and women was important to me. I’m a menswear editor, and my personal style is heavily influenced by men’s fashion, but the pieces are unique in that they truly appeal to both a masculine and feminine sensibility equally. I hope this broader appeal will help propel Senhoa’s ethic and aesthetic further into retail.


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A few pieces from the new collection
A few pieces from the new collection
Kumihimo hand-braided cord about Swarovski crystal
Kumihimo hand-braided cord about Swarovski crystal

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Oct 5, 2012

A Postcard from Lotus Kid's Club

Students from our LKC Program
Students from our LKC Program

I have been with Senhoa’s Lotus Kids’ Club for just over a year and have been in Siem Reap for almost 2 years.  It has been wonderful working with the dedicated folks of Senhoa, both Westerners and Khmers.  Watching the children grow and learn, and seeing the joy on their faces as they gain knowledge is almost indescribable.  

In coming to Cambodia, my simple goal was to help the people in any way that was most useful.  My initial role was to help set up the preschool space, add to the learning materials and educate the teachers about early childhood development/education in the pre-school program.  I have also become a part of the development of the Community Afternoon Program, which serves children 3-18 year olds.  I assist the director, Sophy, in decision making and general direction of LKC.  The teachers are amazingly fast learners and they have quickly come to accept and embrace these new teaching methods after seeing positive changes in the children.

I’ve watched so many of the children grow and learn.  One little girl, on her first day, just stood by the door and sobbed.  Within a couple of days she gradually moved closer, observing the action, and by the week’s end she was cautiously participating.  Over the next several weeks she would mostly play alone and didn’t seem to talk or smile. This gradually changed after a few months and now she has made friends, she sings songs, and she often flashes gigantic smiles.  She has blossomed in confidence, thanks to the patience and support of the teachers.  She’s a bright, organized girl who will attend the best primary school in the Fall.  My guess is she’ll excel.

There is another little guy who constantly resisted participation in activities, and was often starting conflicts with other kids, choosing negative behavior as his ploy for attention.  He seemed to have a insistent face of anger and sadness. Though it took time, intentionality, and structure,  he is now the first to help clean up at program’s end and lightens each day with his boisterous laugh.  I genuinely believe that young children will gain confidence and learn to make appropriate choices if they are in the right environment with caring and supportive teachers.  He too will attend school in the Fall and I have no doubt he will be a willing learner.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful work the teachers are doing.  In the pre-school program our goals are to get the children ready to learn, ready for school.  We want them to have a thirst for knowledge, the confidence and persistence to succeed and a belief that they are competent, valued individuals.  We want them to believe confidently that they can make a difference in their own lives and in the world.

After a year in Siem Reap, my role with LKC is changing.  The teachers are now well equipped to run the programs without my direct support.  I will continue to teach about childhood development/education introducing more in depth concepts.  I will continue to be involved in the planning and decision making.  And I will continue to teach Ratha, the Social Worker, the principles and challenges of Social Work.  I will spend more time enriching the programs, including the professional and educational development of the staff.  Perhaps I will eventually work myself out of my job.  Sustainability is the mantra here and it will be a good thing.

Class photo
Class photo
Craft time!
Craft time!
Learning how water pours out of a hose
Learning how water pours out of a hose

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