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.
Jun 16, 2011

Hope and Pride in Sewing Training Program

Pou Somphors learning to sew
Pou Somphors learning to sew

Thanks to your generous donations through GlobalGiving, Salvation Centre Cambodia in Battambang has been able to make additional interest-free loans to impoverished women, many living with HIV/AIDS. We have also applied the donations to our vocational sewing program, purchasing fabric and sewing materials, as well as providing lunch for its participants. This training program offered by SCC gives young women from poor families, often living with HIV/AIDS the chance to develop new skills for themselves such that after graduating they will be able to generate their own income and provide a better future for their families.

Pou Somphors is one of these young women. Somphors’ mother died when she was just a teenager and she was left as the figurehead of the family, caring for her much younger sister and older grandmother. Somphors learned about the sewing training program through a family member that attended an HIV/AIDS self help group, another one of the many programs offered by SCC to support people living with HIV/AIDS. With an opportunity to gain skills and independently generate income, Somphors jumped at the chance. Somphors lives 16km from the training center and, although this initially posed a problem, generation donations enabled SCC to buy a bicycle for Somphors so that she could ride to and from class.

Now, at the age of 21, Somphors has been in the training full-time for one year. Her dream, she says, is to become sufficient in all styles of sewing and satisfy all types of customers while she is running her own business.

“Thank you so much for supporting everything offered to us in the class, and especially for the bicycle”, said Somphors. “It would not be possible for me or other girls from poor families to go to sewing classes were it not for the donations that paid for our bicycles. I would also like to thank SCC for the food we are given in the afternoon, easing the burden on my family’s living costs.”

The SCC-Battambang vocational sewing program gives young women from poor families both pride in their own work as well as hope for a more prosperous future.

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.

Mar 15, 2011

Awarding Best practice NGO & Individual

Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC) was awarded for the best performance as an organization and for funding management, particularly in building organizational leadership and programmatic management for contributing to the success of KHANA's* three year Strategic Plan 2008-2010. SCC was selected through a technically comprehensive screening and process of evaluation including a short listing for KHANA's partners for program implements (PHDs) and by KHANA's Awarding Selection Committee. SCC received the award for best practice institution of the year in the community HIV/AIDS response for contributing the success of KHANA's three year Strategic Plan.

The general annual ceremony for KHANA's partners was organized by KHANA in the afternoon of 26th January 2011 at the Imperial Hotel. The aim of the ceremony was to review the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the program implementation for KHANA and the implementing partners. Additionally KHANA and, its partners for implementation wanted to harmonize the plan for the coming year and share KHANA's strategic plan for 2011-2015 (KSP15) with relevant stakeholder.

Besides providing to the organization, individuals were awarded for the best persons in practical activists to fighting against HIV/AIDS in communities for contributing to the success of KHANA's three year strategic plan.

Mr. Tep Monyrotha, SCC Program Manager, was selected by KHANA' awarding selection committee to be awarded the champion of year for best practice person as practical activist for the long and outstanding contribution in HIV/AIDS responses at the community levels.

 

*KHANA is a linking organization and local partner of SCC in Cambodia. Further information are available on  http://www.khana.org.kh/.


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Mar 7, 2011

Case Study of Srey Lak in Battambang

SCC’s Sewing Vocational Training Program is changing lives

SCC’s Vocational Training in Sewing offers professional skills and generates income for the poor. 20 women participate in the program and say that they gained new confidence and therefore experience the meaning to life again.

19 year old Khom Sreyleak lives in Samrong Takok village Norea commune in Battambang Province. She left school at grade nine in 2004, because her family could not support her going to school. Then Khom Sreyleak worked as a labor earning $ 2 a day for two years until 2006. The work was physically hard, but paid her living expenses.

Khom Sreyleak stopped this work and started working as a live-in nanny. She earned $ 40 per month, which is a little less than what she previously earned as a labor, but the new work was physically manageable for her. Khom Sreyleak worked as a nanny for two years until May 2009 until the employment contract ended. Afterwards she began selling food at Nath Market and earned $ 30 a month.

Working on the market kept Sreyleak really busy as she was dependent on people’s demands and under attendance of the stall owner. Further she felt sad, because since she made her own earnings at the age of 14 years, she faced others blaming her for different issues. This feeling made Khom Sreyleak very burnt-out and unhappy.

"Before joining this sewing training, life was difficult because my family needed food and clothes, but I didn't know how to get it," said Khom Sreyleak. “I didn't have money for housing, but now I am very happy , because I am learning how to sew at SCC-F2F Community Centre. In the future I hope I have the professional skills to earn money on my own, so I can help my parents .” Khom Sreyleak wishes to open a sewing business sell clothes that she made.want. Khom Sreyleak likes to thank all the individual donors and SCC related donating organizations, who have helped her.

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