Dec 10, 2018

She Can Change HER World

Congratulations Rothana!
Congratulations Rothana!

WHY GIRLS’ EDUCATION MATTERS.

 

We have a situation on our hands!

 

130 million girls worldwide did not go to school today. Not because they didn’t want to, but for various reasons they were unable. Education is a universal right. It is also a matter of justice.


When I think of those numbers its almost unfathomable to think that we could ever get all those girls in to school... but we cannot become overwhelmed.. At AusCam we have always concentrated on the one before us and we will continue to do this currently in Cambodia.. but our mission is to be the voice and the enabler for as many girls as we can possibly help - Today Cambodia – then hopefully the world!  We are only able to do this because you care and you lift your voice as an advocate for girls' with us through your generous donations.

Education changes everything!


There are numerous studies that have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children and the long term success of developing economies.

Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their health and boost their work prospects.

Education never occurs in a vacuum. In developing countries it occurs in a dynamic of poverty, gender discrimination and cultural practice. We ensure girls not only attend school and receive a quality education but develop the skills and tools to be able to deal with life's challenges along their journey by addressing issues such as trafficking, child marriage, child labour and violence along with our personal development, life skills and leadership workshops. Empowering girls through education.

 

She can change the world!  

For a girl like Rothana, growing up in poverty and the prospect of dropping out of school was devastating for her. But when she met the AusCam social worker at her school, her dreams began to materialise. With an AusCam Education Scholarship  and holistic support Rothana was able to remain in school and graduate her grade 12 certificate this year. But… not only did she graduate, she topped the nation with 100%.  We are beyond proud of her courage, resilience and determination! Rothana has now received a full university scholarship to study medicine and become a doctor.

We are also very excited to announce the launch of our new documentary Sophea:Changing Her WorldIn 2015, we introduced you to Sophea, one of the original recipients of a scholarship in the documentary Sophea's Dream. This is her continuing story and the impact AusCam is having on adolescent girls from impoverished families in the Cambodian Capital, Phnom Penh.  We would love to know what you think..

 

Poverty should never determine a future.

Thank you for believing in our vision.

Career Workshop
Career Workshop
A new school year
A new school year
Sophea:Changing Her World
Sophea:Changing Her World

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Sep 14, 2018

Why Girls' Education Matters

Dear friends and partners,

 

If you have been supporting us and following our work with adolescent girls in Cambodia, you would have heard us mention many times that there are 63 million girls globally who are not in school. However, new and alarming figures have emerged from UNESCO that there are actually 130.9 million girls around the world who have no access to education!! 

Although there is a huge difference in the numbers, it doesn't mean that tens of millions more girls have stopped going to school but rather we now have better tools and access to those girls who are being denied an education.

When I think of those numbers its almost unfathomable to think that we could ever get all those girls in to school... but we cannot become overwhelmed.. we have always concentrated on the one before us and we will continue to do this currently in Cambodia.. but our mission is to be the voice and the enabler for as many girls as we can possibly help - we have a real situation on our hands and we must  continue to fight for each and every girl. Today Cambodia – then hopefully the world!

Recently I spent many hours sifting through all the latest data of the current situation for girls - specifically adolescent girls both globally and in Cambodia. The figures are alarming.

There are numerous studies that have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children and the long term success of developing economies.

Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their health and boost their work prospects.

Although our numbers may be small we know our programs are working - when we compare our data with the national data for girls dropping out of education and completion rates at every grade we have 2.5 to 3 times success of keeping girls in school.

A figure we are very proud of today.

Our staff work incredibly hard. Supporting girls to stay in school is not just about giving them books, pens and a uniform - we have highly competent and determined social workers who work holistically with each girl and her world.. The school, family, friends, community, partners, Government -  both local and national.

Our program’s success is only possible because you care. You have shown belief in our vision and our work. Your donations are making such a huge difference in the lives of so many young girls. We don’t want poverty to define their destiny. For such a small investment the returns are HUGE!

 

These are real girls with real dreams and a real hope for a bright and successful future.

These girls are now destined for greatness. 

 

Thank you for your generous hearts.

 

Warmest wishes,

 

Julie

Founder & International Program Directo


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Jun 14, 2018

Partnering For Impact

Sokhea sharing in a peer workshop
Sokhea sharing in a peer workshop

Dear friends and Partners,

 

It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of the financial year. What an incredible year we have had. We are so proud of all of the girls on our programs. With 125 girls on our scholarship program and working with over 600 girls through our life skills workshops and Girls Clubs across 5 schools in the urban poor communities, the team of social workers has certainly been kept busy. Of course we can’t do any of this work without your support and for walking this journey with us, so please accept my deepest gratitude for believing in our work. We believe that education changes everything and has the capacity to change lives, not just the lives of the girls on our programs but the lives of their families and communities.

Today I am highlighting how your support is helping our girls to rewrite their life stories by sharing the story of Sokhea.

Sokhea’s story is written by Sam who is our National Director of Programming.  

I was able to recently visit the home of one of our scholarship beneficiaries, Sokhea, who is well-liked for her hard-working, brave and enduring characteristics. She was referred to AFP in 2014, by a partner school when her family was in a highly vulnerable situation. Her father was the only one earning an income as a driver for a factory and earned only $250 a month, yet he had to support his four children and his wife who needed to stay home and look after the children.

Living in small rental room, Sokhea is the oldest and is very hard-working. She loves studying and has always wanted to become a lawyer. However, her family condition meant she didn’t have much hope as she didn’t have good study materials, and was often concerned that she would have to drop out of school to work to help support her family.

Upon being enrolled into our SHINE Girls Project (previously known as Scholarship Project), Sokhea received all the basic study materials she would need for the whole year (15 books, 2 sets of Uniform, Shoes, Bag, and a set of other student materials) which has also been given to her each following year; As well, our social worker provides regular case management support to both Sokhea and her family which has kept the family motivated. With regular mentoring and support, the family has less worries about expenses for Sokhea’s study, and could focus more on earning money to support their general living. We have also been able to provide 30kg of rice monthly to her family since early 2017 which has contributed to the families’ economic stability. “We don’t have to worry whether we have enough to eat, and I can save money for my other children’s study or other unexpected expenses” said Sokhea’s mother.

Sokhea’s parents are really committed to fight for their children’s education.

As Sokhea is very motivated and ambitious to have a better education, (At her recent school the teaching quality was poor, which is a general issue at many schools of the public education system in Cambodia.) she applied and took an entrance exam to study in New Generation School which is the best public high-school in Cambodia.  Although Sokhea stated she was nervous to apply, her commitment and determination to overcome any obstacles saw her being successful and she was granted a place at the school. Sokhea stated “I was worried about it too, but I thought I had to try first to see if I can do it or not, I want to take risk

Sokhea is studying in grade 10 and she’s busier than ever because she has class from early morning until 4pm, as opposed to general education which is only half day, but she really enjoys it. “I have to compete with other students because they are all smart and they have money to study more whatever they want to” she expressed her concern. To support Sokhea further, we are also now providing an extra scholarship for her to take a quality private English class as we believe it is important to keep motivating her to fulfil her dreams; Sokhea is also a member of our AFP’s Girls Leadership Committee. It is our platform of outstanding girls to work together to provide peer workshops and to organize important events such as International Day for Girl and Khmer New Year which provides her with more leadership experience and recognition,

Sokhea is still aiming to be a lawyer; “I can see that many poor people cannot get justice because they don’t have money, so judges do not care about them, so I want to change this” Sokhea said.

Sokhea is an inspiring example of how your support is making such a difference in the field. Sokhea is just one of our inspiring stories and we thank you for partnering with us to enable these girls to shine.  

Girls Leadership at the Khmer New year Event
Girls Leadership at the Khmer New year Event
Girls leadership coordinating a debate
Girls leadership coordinating a debate
Menstrual Hygiene Day held at School
Menstrual Hygiene Day held at School

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