Vocational training for older youth
Hello from Cambodia!
I am delighted to write you again to say thank you so much for your support of the work we do here at M’Lop Tapang. With your help we continue to provide services to thousands of vulnerable children and youth in the local area.
The last time I wrote you I talked a little bit about how your generosity and donations are helping disadvantaged children get an education. For older children and youth (aged 15 years and older) we also offer vocational training programs.
Pech*(name changed for confidentiality) was barely in his teens when he dropped out of school. From a poor family, with little education and no formal skills his prospects of finding safe, decent employment were slim. Two years ago, at 15 years old he joined one of our vocational training programs to study cooking. As part of his training he recently completed an internship at a five-star hotel here in Sihanoukville. He impressed his supervisor and was offered a full-time job in their kitchen. For the first time in his life Pech now has safe, steady employment. He is now able to help his parents financially a little bit but has also gained a tremendous amount of self confidence and is much happier that he was before. His parent tells us that when he comes home from work he is excited to tell them all about his day and the new things he is learning. They are proud of the young man Pech has become and now see a brighter future for their son.
M’Lop Tapang’s vocational training programs are designed to meet the job market needs of the local area and include training in sewing, bicycle and motorcycle repair, electrics and plumbing, and cooking and hospitality. If you would like to see a bit more, I have included links at the bottom of this page to a couple of short videos we made recently.
Again, from all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you for your generosity in helping to improve the lives of the children and youth we work with.
Director, M’Lop Tapang
Sandan, vocational training restaurant
Learning motorbike repair