Feb 11, 2020

Thanks for supporting our workshops at Christmas!

Mrs Vanna and family
Mrs Vanna and family

At Christmas Women's Resource Center offered you the opportunity to support the women we work with through our 'Gifts that Keep Giving' initiative. We are so grateful that you chose to support our work, thank you.Through this initiaitive you supported us with one of the following gifts:

- A workshop for one woman

- A trained faciliator for one workshop

- Supplies for one class of workshop participants.

As the platform does not give us the ability to report on each gift level seprately we are delighted to share with you more about our work in covering all the gifts above.

In 2019 we had 91 people successfully complete our financial management workshop, 88 people successfully complete our Women’s Rights and Gender workshop and 65 people successfully complete our Women’s Health workshop and thanks to your support we are set to make even more progress in our workshops in 2020! Our workshops are just beginning for 2020 and we are delighted that you have supported women to attend, a facilitator to train and materials to make the workshop happen - these are all key elements in helping to empower women - thank you!

Here is a story of success from one of our women whose life has been changed by attending our workshops.

Mrs. Vanna*, said that before she participated in the WRC workshop “other people surrounding me, including my husband, looked down on me”. At home, her husband was mostly drunk and sometimes stole her money. They always had conflicts involving physical abuses. When she got upset and stressed, she also would push or slap her children and grandchildren. In 2016, she decided to divorce her husband. Then she did not know what to do, as a single mother and grandmother. Her neighbour told her about the WRC training programs that she herself had attended and encouraged Mrs. Vanna to join. She didn’t feel confident enough to join the training. Later, WRC staff surprisingly came to visit her and encouraged her to join the workshop. “Then I finally joined and after joining the program on Financial Literacy and Positive Parenting, I noticed some changes in my behavior. I stopped using violence towards my children and grandchildren and now I know how to save money and manage household budget properly”, she further expressed.

*Please note name and image have been changed to protect her identity.

Thank you for helping women like Mrs Vanna.

Warmly,

Gemma and the WRC team

Workshop in action
Workshop in action
Workshop achievers!
Workshop achievers!
Feb 11, 2020

Success for our EVAW campaign - thank you!

Solidarity Football
Solidarity Football

December was an extremely busy month at WRC as we hosted a number of events to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and issues of gender based violence. As Cambodia has a sensitive political climate and large gatherings are not permitted we chose to reach out to our local communty through aactivities that highlighted peace, harmny and carng for one another and the world around us. At these events we were able to talk to people one on one or in groups about the effects of violence and how to improve things in the community. 

We wanted to reach out to you to thank you for supporting this microproject as your gift enabled us to reach the ommunity in this way and have an impact. We engaged 986 people directly and reached over 1000 people through social media campaign posts. Thank you!

Here are the activities we were involved in or arranaged...

Clean Up for Equality - Caring for our community is everybody's duty, and our Clean Up for Equality event was a great reminder of the importance of shared responsibility. A special thanks to Phare the Cambodian Circus for donating the use of their big top to host a discussion as part of the event.

Football for Unity - Our Football for Unity event saw over 200 community members come together to play sport together regardless of gender, background or skill level. The day began with an exhibition match from two local adult teams, followed by a round robin of youth teams from local partner organisations. The day was a huge success, with everyone having fun whilst learning about equality.

Meditation for Peace - At our Meditation for Peace event, promoted mental and physical health, as well as anger management. We encouraged participants to take some time to self reflect and visualize, and raised awareness about how anger can be detrimental to the self and to others. Our guest speakers shared their success stories on managing work life balance, as well as covering bullying, harassment and rape. One of our participants shared: 'Give love and compassion to self and others is the ways to stop violence’ - Sophea

Tree Planting for the Future - We visited local a school to engage students and teachers to in the campaign, building an understanding of the purpose, the negative effects of violence on women and children and how to motivate girls to attend school for longer. Planting trees was a perfect metaphor for long term vision and goals, creating a greener environment and shade in the school area for future students.“One tree one life – we want to have the same opportunity to grow’- Buntha

Alms for Mental Health - We closed out the 16 Days of Activism with an event at Wat Damnak, where we were joined by local school children and heard from monks about the best practices for good mental health. Afterwards we offered alms to the monks, practicing gratitude and kindness. ‘Before joining the campaign, we thought that violence affected people only physically, but now we know that emotion is also important for a longer term as well'- Bopha


Thank you for your support!

Gemma and the WRC team


Meditation
Meditation
Tree planting
Tree planting

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Dec 16, 2019

Our Successful Eliminating Violence Campaign

Talking to the community
Talking to the community

Each year at the end of November and begining of December we run a 16 day campaign focussed on Eliminating Violence Against Women (EVAW). The campaign is part of the wider UN EVAW campaign and our focus is to engage the commnity in Siem Reap. We promote discussions on women and childrens rights. discussions on equality, parenting workshops - which support parents in finding non violent ways to discipline children, and peaceful community activities. At the same time we rn an online fundraising campaign in order to support our year long work on eliminating violence. A big thank you to all of you who have donated! 

This year the campaign ran from 25th November to 10th December and in that time we: engaged the community in discussions around violence and seeking support; helpd counselling sessions for those in need; hosted a meditation afternoon for people to recenter, learn to be more mindfl and manage their emotions; held a football competition for all our local NGO partners to celebrate our solidarity and work together; hosted a tree planting day and a litter picking day to emphasise the importance of our environment and how we should look after each other and the world we live in; we closed the week with a session on mental health hosted by monks at Wat Damnak. We heard about the power of peace and learnt about mindfulness, and ended the day by offering 100 alms to the monks. Peace and love are essential to a future free from violence.  In addition, we ran an online fundraising campaign, hosted a wine and cheese fundraising evening at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, entered a small team of fundraisers in the Angkor Wat Half Marathon and our fundraising reached around $6000 - with funds still coming in - for our work on eliminating violence and supporting women - thank you if you kindly donated!

Please enjoy the attached photos of our activities and if you would like to learn more about our work please watch our attached video.

With all best wishes for the festive season and a wonderful 2020!

The WRC team!

Solidarity football matches
Solidarity football matches
Fundraising event
Fundraising event
Program Manager, Pisey's speech at our fundraiser
Program Manager, Pisey's speech at our fundraiser
Giving Alms to Monks for mental health
Giving Alms to Monks for mental health
Clean up day
Clean up day
Clean up day - team
Clean up day - team

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