Progress Report on “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”
the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
December – February 2015
Personal Goal Setting
As our children are becoming young adults now and that they have to think about their future plans either to pursue higher education at universities or enroll at vocational training center. To help our young people set their future goal we brought them to the local Youth Employment Services (YES) Center where they give young people careers advice and soft skills’ training. They were very happy with the services provided by the YES Center, especially career guidance and orientation which will help them to make a clear decision for their future. The center has promised to offer any help when needed.
More Blood Donors Needed for Cambodian Children
Our youths went to Angkor Hospital for Children on Valentine's Day – February 14, to donate blood to show our love and care for sick children. Often, the families can't afford to pay, so they rely on people like us to donate – not many do. May all livings be happy and healthy. May what we strongly determine for be immortal. The staff are very friendly, very clean environment, no pain, and easy process. The youths received a free t-shirt which our youth can wear it everywhere they go to help spread the word for this good cause. We were very rewarding!
Progress Report on Youth Project
Seven of our children now turn into youths and five of them are in grade 12_ last step for them at high school. They study hard from dawn to dust as now the curriculums are very tough, so only hard-working students will have a chance to pass. In late 2015, Asean integration will be implemented, and there won’t be any borders among the ten Asean countries. For this, we need to prepare ourselves well, especially for the younger people. The job market will be much tighter and more competitive. We are so happy to see their hard-working habits and determination to the study. All of them have clear purposes for what they will do after grade 12.
We believe that, through their hard work, they will pass the exam and their future will be guaranteed.
This year one of our male youths decided to choose vocational training as electrician instead of going to study general knowledge at state school since he is old enough for a job and he is still in low grade. It is important to have a skill before he leaves Santepheap to live independently by himself. The training will take him one year to finish.
Success of our previous youths
Last year, three of our youth girls finished their training in bakery and pastry from a recognized hospitality school in Siem Reap, and now they all have a job in this field in hotels. They enjoy working and earning money. Another male youth, who is a mechanic man working as a trainer at the organization where he studied this skill is very happy and busy with his job. Even the time is tight since they have a job, they still make their way to Santepheap quite often because they have good relationship with their brothers and sisters here.
We all thank you to your all generous supports in all forms that enable us to provide services to these potential children. Without you, Santepheap would not exist. Additionally, we deeply thank for your trust in what we have been doing and we try our best to promote openness and transparency.
As Christmas is coming soon in this month, we wish you all the best and happy Merry Christmas.
Happy Merry Christmas!!!
Progress Report on “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”
of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
June – August 2014
From a Trainee to a Paid Trainer
The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace – CCHP keeps meeting the needs of the disadvantaged youths; and reaching their objectives. Since the start of the project, CCHP keeps providing educational and vocational training supports to the children and youths who are under our care.
We currently have 10 youths including 5 females. One of our youths, Bon, has now become a paid trainer in motor mechanics. He works for a local NGO where he was trained in motor mechanics before. When he first started a new job there he was watched and tested to see if he is suitable for the job. Then after a 3-month probationary period he was promoted to a full capacity trainer. He now earns 50 US Dollars a month with room and board. His future plan is to start up his own business after gaining enough practical experience from this NGO – CCHP will help facilitate to make sure that his dream is realized.
From Trainees to Full-Time Staff
Three of our female youths, Lina, Vanna, and Sokheng, now have become staff members of local enterprises – hotels and restaurant after their completion of vocational training in hospitality, pastry and bakeries. They earn around 100 US Dollars per month which is enough for them to make a living. They now have decided to live on their own in a group house. They are very happy with their current job. Their future dream is to become a senior staff member in the next few years.
From a Student of English to a Teacher of English
Among the 10 youths, one of them, Sreyroth, has now become a part-time teacher of English at a private school in the provincial town. She works very hard at the Home to make sure that her dream is realized. She has now become a teacher of English. She majored in English in university. Her friends always admire her for her determination. She is very proud of her hard work in the past. She lives in a group house with other friends. Her goal is to become a professional teacher of English after graduation.
The rest of the youths are still in high school – most of them are in the last grade. They all have set their goals for their future. They study hard every day to make sure that goals are achievable. One of them wants to become a medical doctor and others want to be IT specialists.
On behalf of the youths, once again, we would like to thank you very much for your contribution and commitment to support our project – Friends like you make our project possible.
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.
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