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Help a young woman escape Cambodia's sex industry



Our Non-Formal Education program provides basic education and vocational training to urban sex workers and their children to help them escape the lethal pitfalls of Cambodia's commercial sex industry.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There is a great level of shame that accompanies sex work in Cambodia and it is very rare for women to enter the sex trade without exhausting other options for survival. Often times, women escaping severe domestic violence find themselves and their children stranded, without food or shelter. Lacking even rudimentary skills to secure basic employment, these women are forced to sell their bodies in order to ensure the survival of their children.

How will this project solve this problem?

Provide basic education (literacy, mathematics), vocational training (sewing, cooking, handicrafts, husbandry) and life skills (childcare, nutrition, financial management) to 130 sex workers and their children for 2-3 hours, 5 days a week for 1 year.

Potential Long Term Impact

From one year to the next, over 75% of NFE students leave red light districts for coveted jobs in garment factories and shops or pursue further vocational training. They have broken the cycle of degradation for themselves and future generations.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $25,160
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,712
Total Funding Goal: $27,872

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Lotus Outreach

Sacramento, CA, United States

Project Leader

Elise De Grande

Executive Director
Sacramento, CA Cambodia

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