Growing up, Ny lived with her adoptive mother and her adoptive mother’s daughter. She has no recollection of her birth mother. She grew up very poor because her adoptive mother is a widow who struggled to support the family. Although there was little money, Ny felt loved and supported by her adoptive mother, who pushed her to study and get an education. Despite this, Ny cannot read and write well since she stayed in school only until grade 3.
A mother to seven children ages 7 to 20, Ny had her first child when she was only 16. She had six more children with her second and current husband. Unfortunately, both of Ny’s husbands have been violent. Ny once left her current husband but since she had no home or work she became a beggar. She went back to her husband because it was the only way for her to support her family.
When Ny gave birth to her first child she didn’t know what to do when the baby cried. She didn’t know how to hold, carry or bathe the baby. She was especially worried about having food for the baby since she had little money and wasn’t always able to work.
At WOMEN’S RESOUCE CENTER, Ny learned about family planning and how to take care of her children. She learned about how a woman’s body changes as she grows from being a girl to a woman, and also about having healthy and safe pregnancies.
Ny will share what she learned about women’s health and reproduction with her own daughters. By educating Ny, Women’s Resource Center is making a difference for her entire family.
This Mother's Day, support a mother in Cambodia a chance to learn and grow, in honor of your Mom.
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Mork identifies as an ophan. She grew up with her mother and father until her father died when Mork was 13. Mork doesn’t get along with her stepfather so she went to live with cousins in Siem Reap city.
Mork had her first child when she was only 16 but the baby died very young. When she was 23, Mork adopted her brother’s young daughter, who he had with his first wife. Her brother didn’t want to raise his daughter with his new wife after he got remarried.
At the beginning, Mork struggled to take care of the young girl, who was only 14 months old when she was adopted. When the child got sick, Mork would lie awake with worry. She also found it very hard to discipline her new daughter, who often didn’t listen and didn’t want to study in school as she got older.
At WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER, Mork learned how to educate and discipline the child. She learned that there are ways to discipline without hitting. She also learned about family law, domestic violence, and gender rights, and how to tell a healthy relationship from an unhealthy relationship.
Mork says WRC helped her to be a better parent. When she is angry, she now speaks with the child and finds ways to solve problems without using violence. By teaching the child how to be peaceful, the child will know good ways to discipline her own children one day.
This Mother's Day, support a mother in Cambodia, like Mork, a chance to learn and grow, in honor of your Mom.
This is the story of Chantou, a participant of our Parenting Workshop last year. A single mother who left two abusive husbands, Chantou was profoundly impacted by WRC's free parenting workshops that taught her not to pass that violence onto her daughters.
This is her story. Her transformation. In her words. Please watch and share her story with your friends on social media (or simply by forwarding this email) to spread the word about these women in need.
Chantou - "In My New Shoes"
This year, up to 50 women will come to join our parenting workshops.
This is 1 story of 50 - there are 50 more stories just as impressive and inspiring.
Last year over 200 people came to our educational workshops, on Parenting, Women's Health and Domestic Violence/Gender.
Our workshops are facilitated to local women by local, highly educated and compassionate women, in the local language, at our safe, comfortable and secure Center.
Thank you so much for making success stories like Chantou's become a new life path for women and their families.
Friends, we still have $550 to go to meet our $1000 gift match! If you have given already, thank you! If you have not and are able, we hope you'll consider helping us. Your dollars will double instantly, and they go so much further in Cambodia, where a fine meal costs $3 and many live on less than $1 a day. The deadline for the gift match has been extended to January 7. Thank you!
Since our drop in center doors opened in 2010, we have:
Provided 818 educational workshops to women and men,
Provided a safe space for 130 women to come to talk and share about their concerns and experiences,
Networked and collaborated with over 50 local and international organisations in Cambodia.
Together we enable women and girls to receive support and information to make informed decisions about their own lives. Your support enables women to empower themselves. We hope you see how far your dollars go, and the difference you make, here in Cambodia.
Thanks for your support and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
We at Women’s Resource Center of Cambodia hope you’re enjoying this holiday season and wish you and your loved ones the very best!
We are very grateful to have received an unexpected gift this year…. Friends, a group of anonymous donors has agreed to match all gifts up to $1,000 through January 2! This means that when you choose WRC for your year-end gift, your donation doubles.
This comes at just the right time. As we’ve grown our programs this year, our expenses have grown, as well. We hope you can contribute to ensure Cambodian women have WRC to turn to for help when they need it most. You’ve helped us do so much this year:
Your contribution ensures the programs continue in 2014. If you are able to donate and help us take advantage of this opportunity, thank you! And thanks, as always, for being a great friend to Women’s Resource Center of Cambodia. Happy holidays!
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