Progress Report on “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”
of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
March – May 2014
Education Bringing Opportunities
Education or a lack of it has a very strong impact on future employment of young people. Unemployment; youth total (% of total labor force ages 15-24) in Cambodia was reported at 3.40 in 2008, according to the World Bank. A large amount of people are working for wages below poverty line – USD$ 1,25. In Cambodia less educated young people, who cannot afford to wait for the right kind of job, are at greatest risk of being in low paid work.
At the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace we are aware of the challenges facing our youths, especially those from rural areas, in making sure that they have access to education and placing them in either employment opportunities or taking part in entrepreneurship.
We have 10 youths (5 females) – 3 of them have just completed their internship in hospitality and are now in the process of applying for a job. One of the youths is working as trainer for motor mechanics repair at a local NGO. The other youths are in high school and will be graduated very soon – they all have their own future plans.
Once again, thank you very much for your contribution and commitment to support the “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”. Your supports enable us to make sure that they all achieve their life plans.
Update on Progress of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace Project “Help our Disadvantaged Youths”
December 2013 – February 2014
Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 22% of the total population of Cambodia or 3 million people nationally. Rural areas have a younger demographic with this age group representing 25% of the population, with roughly equal numbers of young men and women.
Our target groups and beneficiaries of the project “Help our Disadvantaged Youths” of the Cambodia Children’s House of Peace are young people from Siem Reap province. Siem Reap town, with its proximity to the Angkor Wat complex, has developed into one of the major tourist towns in South East Asia. The tourism businesses and industries generate employment opportunities for young people not just in hospitality sector but also in maintenance technologies, construction, finance and transport support services thus professionally-trained skilled workers are in great demand.
Our primary goal is to get our youths in to work and live independently when they turned 18 and leave the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace with professional skills. As young people transition through various stages of education into the workforce, they face increasing hurdles to secure gainful employment and career opportunities. Today, the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace has 7 youths; one of our boys has just finished his vocational training in motor mechanics and now becomes one of the trainers at KKO, a local organization in Siem Reap. One of our girls is now a first-year student in a well-known university and majored in English. Other three girls are in vocational training in bakery and pastry and will complete their courses in the next few months. On Saturdays and Sundays, they are placed in practical training at the New Leaf Book Café, one of our partners, to gain more practical experiences in the skills of bakery and pastry. The other girls and boys are still in high school and will be completing their studies in the next couple of years. They have planned to pursue a higher education for a brighter future.
 Cambodia Population Census 2008.
Update on Progress of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
Project “Help our Disadvantaged Youths”
September – November 2013
1. Motor mechanics
The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace is continuing to make great progress on reintegrating our disadvantaged youths into the community and workforce. We are happy and excited to let you know that one of our youths has started vocational training at an NGO called Khmer for Khmer (KKO). He is so happy working with his new friends in that organization. We want all of our children who will leave the organization with a specific skill to live independently and have better living conditions – besides general knowledge and cultural education, vocational training is one of our missions aimed for our children who turn eighteen and have no intention to go on their education at college or university.
2. Course in bakery
The youth girls who successfully passed their vocational school entrance exams now started their course in bakery at Ecole Paul DuBrule, a highly reputed local school, on the 2nd September. Soon they will earn their own money and live on their own. Every child here has the same chance as these youth girls receive, either to pursue higher education or to gain skills for attaining a stable job in the future. We believe that only education, knowledge, and morality will break down the poverty cycle which has been passed down from generations.
The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace is continuing to make great progress on reintegrating our disadvantaged youths into the community and workforce. With your generous assistance, we are helping them to live more independently while they continue their studies. Seven of our youths moved to the youth house in August. They are happy to stay with their brothers and sisters and learn to live on their own. They are also glad to still spend time with their younger brothers and sisters at the CCHP, as the youth house is located very near to the children’s home. As older mentors and role models, they help to tutor, teach dance, and with other activities, and serve as good examples for our younger children.
One of our youth girls, Srey Roth, has just begun her university studies this August, majoring in English literature. She is very happy at university and enjoys the challenge of her new classes. One of our boys, Bon, is in the midst of his studies at a vocational training centre, specializing in motor mechanics. Three of the girls successfully passed their entrance exams in July and will start their vocational training in hospitality at Ecole Paul Du Brule on September 2nd. Our youths are happy to further their studies and achieve the skills for a stable income and career. We believe that knowledge and morality are the keys to becoming good citizens and we are so proud of our youths as they work towards gaining an education for a brighter future. Thank you once again for your continued support of our Cambodian youths!
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