Hello to our generous supporters!
First, I’d like to thank you again for being a Women’s Resource Center donor and long time supporter. Donors are essential to keeping our doors open and our programs constantly improving.
Thanks to you we have been excelling in our educational workshops we provide to women and girls--and also some men in our Parents Talk workshops. How? Our educational workshops have been in high demand this year from outside organizations wishing to provide this invaluable information to their clients. Because of this we are happy to report we have been able to reach more women, girls and their families, including children, than ever before! That's reason to celebrate and be proud of how your generosity is providing for and empowering so many.
I’m writing today to ask if you can help WRC in another way.
We’ve got a great opportunity this September with our GlobalGiving campaign Provide women and girls education in Cambodia that I’m hoping you can help with.
GlobalGiving is offering three bonus awards—$2,000, $1,000 and $500—to the projects that have the most fundraisers during the month of September. Fundraisers must raise at least $500 from at least 10 donors to qualify for a prize. And, for every fundraiser that reaches the thresholds, GlobalGiving will offer an extra $50!
Getting started is easy!
Step 1: Create a fundraiser page on GlobalGiving by scrolling down to just under the second orange 'donate' button and click the green 'Fundraiser' icon.
Step 2: Sign up or Log In to GlobalGiving.
Step 3: Create your fundraising page with a fundraising name, kind of fundraiser - General, Tribute or Be AWESOME!! - add a photo and you have your very own fundraising page you can share on Facebook. You can use the widget at the bottom to post on your blog or website.
N.B. Remember your fundraiser must start September 1st and end September 30th.
Some ideas for you to share with your friends about why they should donate to Women's Resource Center:
* Since opening 2.5 years ago, 100% more women are now dropping in for counseling support and referrals to services they need for themselves and their families. * 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in Cambodia. * 30% of women lacking a skilled attendant during childbirth * 28% of children under 5 years of age are under weight, and those living in poor households with uneducated mothers are most likely to be malnourished.* We currently provide free domestic violence awareness, women's health and positive parenting educational workshops to women.* In 2014, we will have 2 new workshops available to women - Financial Management and Safe Migration/Trafficking Awareness.
To sweeten the deal for your supporters, GlobalGiving is offering awesome prizes - airplane tickets, a flip cam, and more! - and we’re also offering prizes to the top fundraisers that raise the most money from the most donors. Stay tuned for more details!
Many thanks for all you do,
Hello, WRC friends!As we at Women’s Resource Center take stock of the first half of 2013, we are are on track to meet and possibly exceed last years workshop attendance, the highest in our history. We are grateful to be able to reach more and more women each day, and especially grateful to you for helping ensure we have the resources to do so.
Most recently, to ensure we have the greatest impact possible, we have been surveying local women to learn more about their needs and also partnering with other organisations on an exciting program….
Camp G.L.O.W.Last month marked our second year partnering with the Peace Corps and several other local organisations in this remarkable program to educate and empower 63 girls, aged 14-20 years, of 7 schools in Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia. Our very own, Pisey, conducted sessions over the weekend camp on self awareness and goal setting, as well as leading the girls through activities to help prepare them to be community educators when they finish the camp – each school group is required to return to their home and teach 100 people, to reach a total of 700 beneficiaries beyond those who attended the camp. Amazing initiative!Spoil Your Children (Parents Talk Workshop)
“Many Cambodian parents believe by showing love and care to their children they are spoiling them, so they do not. As you can imagine, this can have a profound effect on children’s self esteem and development.”
- Pisey Khim, WRC Program Director
Attendance has remained strong this year for our parenting workshops. Many participants in our latest group identified that they were lacking a lot of love, affection and communication from their parents as children. They (and we!) are happy to have the opportunity to learn how to praise their children and give them the love they now know they need.
Know Your Rights (and How to Exercise Them!)
“One woman shared with me that she felt a new understanding about her relationship. She said she didn’t recognize before what an unhealthy relationship or emotional abuse are.” - Sophal Ken, WRC Legal Aid Facilitator
We have seen good outcomes in this inaugural year of our legal aid workshops, which teach about domestic violence, divorce rights, property rights, and the complicated procedures they involve. With your support, we will continue this growing program to ensure women in Cambodia know their rights and how to exercise them.
Thank you for making these workshops possible for the many women and girls who come to our center to learn about topics important to their lives. Your contributions support the continuation of our educational workshops, allowing more women to access education they actively seek.
Mother’s Day is May 12! Did you know you can sponsor a workshop for Cambodian women in Mom’s honor? We think it’s a really cool gift. When you donate to Women’s Resource Center, Mom will receive a personalized card from you via mail or email AND loads of warm fuzzies for making a real difference in the lives of Cambodian mothers, both present and future.
- Your gift of $30 buys a health workshop session for 8 teenage girls…. Because mom taught you so much about your body and how to care for it.
- Your gift of $60 buys a parenting workshop session for 16 moms…. Because every mom should have the chance to be as great as she is.
What’s more, if you make a gift in honor of Mom before May 13, WRC will get a $5 bonus (up to $8000) from GlobalGiving on top of your generous donation!
Thanks to all the moms out there, and thanks, as always, to you for being a kind friend to Women’s Resource Center,
Sally, Pisey, Sophal and Rathna – Team WRC.
This year, thanks to your support, we kicked off a new workshop on Family Law and Domestic Violence to make sure women here know their rights, how to protect them, and how to navigate the murky processes it sometimes takes to do it. We just completed our first sessions, and we wanted to drop you a note to tell you how it went and thank you for making programs like this possible.
Here’s an interview with Sophal Ken, the workshop’s facilitator, to tell you a bit about the program and how the first sessions went. Sophal comes to WRC with a law degree from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and crafted the curriculum for this course especially for WRC.
This interview has been translated from Khmer, the native language of Cambodia.
WRC: What are the goals of the course?
Sophal: We want participants to understand the importance of civil status (birth, marriage, and death registration), divorce rights, property rights, and especially the complicated procedures involved.
Also, regarding domestic violence, it’s really important for women to know healthy and unhealthy signs in a relationship and especially how domestic violence impacts not only the victim, but the family, children and the community.
WRC: What are your students like?
Sophal: My participants are of varying education and backgrounds. They work in different jobs, from teachers to NGO workers, aged from 22-35 years old. [This is beneficial because] we are not only sharing legal facts with them. We also want them to share their experiences and learn from each other. In their pre-tests, I found that most of them knew very little about the topics covered before the workshop.
WRC: Were you pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that surprised you?
Sophal: The most surprising thing for me in this group was how much they improved their knowledge. I play a “hot potato” game at the end of the workshop to test their knowledge. They all could answer every question correctly! I conducted a formal post-test, as well, and saw an average score of 90 percent.
Also, one particular woman shared with me that she felt a new understanding about her relationship. She said she didn’t recognize before what an unhealthy relationship or emotional abuse are. “I learned a lot from the workshop,” she said.
Again, thank you for all that you do to support Women's Resource Center and make sure that we can continue our mission to inform and empower the women of Cambodia.
Hello and I hope you and your family are having a lovely holiday season! Thank you so much for your kind support of Women's Resource Center this year. We hope to be able to continue and expand our work in 2013 with your continued support. If you are able to make a year-end contribution, we hope you’ll consider giving to WRC. Regardless, though, please know that your contribution this year made a huge difference to this woman’s children, and I think you’ll be surprised about how.
The holidays often inspire visions of children laughing and playing. As you know, Christmas is not celebrated in predominantly Buddhist Cambodia, but did you know that children here often are discouraged from play?
This is a photo of Dara, one of our parenting workshop students. She has two children. Because of you, she learned this year that it’s normal and good for her children to play, and that she should not punish them for it. This may sound unbelievable, but Dara was just five years old when the Khmer Rouge genocide struck Cambodia. Families were put in work camps and starved. Children worked the fields from dawn until dusk. Teachers and anyone with education were killed. You can begin to imagine, then, why her mother didn’t teach her that children must play to learn and develop. Although we don't know Dara's family's whole story, one can only assume that their sole priority was survival.
Dara’s attitude is the rule and not the exception here in Cambodia. This is a sad fact, but I’m writing today to tell you that Dara has a new attitude toward child’s play. After completing her 8-week parenting workshop, she told us that the most surprising thing she learned in it was to encourage her children to play, and to invest in affordable toys they can use to learn and develop. We know that this change will trickle down to impact her children, her children’s children, and so on.
As you watch the children in your life playing with their new toys and other gifts they received this holiday season, I hope you’ll think of Dara’s children, too, and the extraordinary gift you gave them this year.
Happy New Year to you and your family, and thank you so much for your generosity this year. With your help, we are looking forward to changing many more lives in 2013!
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