Salvation Centre Cambodia

SCC will develop a committed staff team to work through a network of monks, nuns and other local and national stakeholder groups to develop capacity, reduce vulnerability and provide a range of supports for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, so that they are able to claim their rights and improve their lives.
Aug 5, 2014

Sewing Training gives Big Hope - July 2014

Group of Women
Group of Women

Thank you for your generous support of our project. Rather than give you just the numbers of women taking part in our sewing class, we would like to share the stories of women whose lives have been transformed through participating in our sewing program.

The sewing program was started in Battambang Province with the contributive supports from Face to Face AIDS Project and Global Giving. The immediate goal of the program was to nurture poverty and HIV-infected or affected and vulnerable women to be able to gain quality technical skills in sewing so that they might be able to support themselves and their families. The SCC-Battambang vocational sewing program gave young women from poor families both pride in their own work as well as hope for a more prosperous future.

Ms. Doung aged 28, Ms. Roeuth aged 24 and Ms. Yib aged 24 joined the sewing and tailoring program with SCC Battambang after visiting Wat Norea Community Centre and taking a look at the program. With the Program they had to stay and learn from Monday to Friday at SCC’s Centre, they also worked outside on Sunday and Saturday for getting income during their learning at SCC.

With their hard work and learning at SCC’s Centre, they improved their sewing skills and would like to start their own business at their communities. At the end of 2013 they decided to leave SCC’s Centre and then later three of them requested the sewing machines from SCC. SCC suggested them to set up as a group for supporting each other and they later accepted it.

SCC decided to provide them the interest-free loans to purchase the sewing machines and the pong machine. Now they have a daily income from these sewing and tailoring. They can earn around 3.25 dollars each per day. They can save the money which is a big help for their family.

Thank you for being part of the SCC family and supporting our work to combat the economic hardships that HIV imposes on women and their families in rural Cambodia.

Group of Women 1
Group of Women 1
Meeting with Global Giving
Meeting with Global Giving
Apr 23, 2014

How does a widow living with AIDS improve her life

Chi Chamnan2
Chi Chamnan2

Mrs. Chamnan is a 42-year-old widow, living with AIDS. Prior to that, her husband was seriously ill and all her small assets were sold to cover his medical treatment. Unfortunately, he died in 1998 and left her behind with one daughter, one year later their daughter died too. Since then, living conditions of her family became deteriorated without profitable business and sufficient food to survive. She left her home to live and work in Poy Pet district and Banteaymean chey province.

In 2004, being sick and very weak, Chamnan decided to come back to her homeland and to be tested for HIV. As she was diagnosed as being HIV-positive, her family was selected as a part of SCC’s target group in Ekphom district of Battambang province. SCC’s intervention aimed to alleviate suffering of its beneficiaries through the provision of participation, non-discrimination, human rights and gender equality, physical and practical support, HIV/AIDS, anti-stigma, gender and human rights education. Chamnan has received SCC support services such as regular home base care, Buddhist counseling, meditation instructions, referral to healthcare service and monthly WFP food Aids. Moreover her business grows. For now she is able to earn income by sewing after she has received 150 USD a start-up capital.

As the above-mentioned situation changed positively, Chamnan has secured food for living, she mentioned that, “the villagers always invite me to attend ceremonies and wedding receptions. My business keeps me very busy, but it brings in income every day. Even though, those activities keep me busy, my health is largely stable”.

Thank you for your generous support of our project. Rather than giving you just the numbers of women taking part in our Empowering HIV+ Women in Cambodia to Start a Business, we would like to share stories of women whose lives have been transformed through participating in our sewing program.

Chi Chamnan1
Chi Chamnan1
Oct 23, 2013

The Story of Meas Rotha

Rotha1
Rotha1

Meas Rotha, who lives in Preakmaha tep Village, Svaypor commune Battambang, district Battambang Province, is 21 year old. Living with her 4 siblings, she is the youngest daughter in her family.

In 2004 Rotha dropped out Primary School in 5th grade because her family impoverished. From day to day she did not have enough food to eat, which made her give up on school. After she stopped to study, she wanted to earn money to help her family by selling vegetables, sweets and others. Due to lack of necessary skills to find a job, she asked someone to train her in Samangka (make up), but nothing changed and she stayed unemployed. Then she heard on the radio about SCC choosing girls to learn in Sewing Vocational Training Centre.

 After visiting Wat Norea and taking a look at the program, Rotha was very happy and motivated to get trained in sewing. Her wish was to become a tailor someday, so she asked to attend the program.

That is how Rotha joined the sewing and tailoring program as a new participant at SCC-F2F Community Centre. Thinking about her story and the situation of her family saddens her. Even though she tries to hide this unhappiness by smiling, it is still hard for her to talk about all this in more detail.

While from Monday to Friday she stays at SCC’s Centre, she works outside on Sunday and Saturday for getting income. By sewing and tailoring, she can earn 2.25 dollars per garment. 

"Before joining this sewing training, my life was so difficult. I became so desperate, because I could not get any money. Even though I am very poor, getting the chance to learn how to sew at this Community Centre changes my live. I want to gain enough professional skills to earn money on my own, so I can support my family and myself.”

Some day, when Rotha improved her sewing skills furthermore, she would like to start her own business. Rotha would like to express her sincere thanks and gratefulness to all the individual donors and SCC related donating organizations that have helped her in getting a new perspective for her future.

Rotha2
Rotha2

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