Senhoa Foundation

Supporting vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration, and programs for self-empowerment. We believe in: - Income generation so that vulnerable women can gain economic independence. - Educational and social programs for intellectual empowerment. - Using business sensibilities to achieve humanitarian goals.
Dec 16, 2016

Promoting Self-Care

Senhoa artisans happy with their new glasses!
Senhoa artisans happy with their new glasses!

We provide an annual health fund for each artisan in the Our Own Hands program and encourage them to see the doctor or to let us know when they have any medical needs but they often neglect their health.

Recently, we had a consulting team from the University of North Carolina visit our program and interview our team. The team is helping us evaluate our program and social business and offer their recommendations on how to improve them. 

During one of the interviews, one artisan mentioned that she had a hard time seeing. The team let us know, and we took her to get a vision exam. David, one of the professors in the group, footed the bill and told us that he would take care of any of these “emergencies” personally.

Our manager ended up taking all of the artisans for eye exams and most of them ended up needed glasses. They are very happy with their new glasses and can see clearly now! Thank you to the UNC team for noticing this and for David’s generosity. 

After the eye doctor visit, we reminded the artisans that although we will help them with any of their medical needs, they need to look after themselves and let us know if there is anything wrong or if they need any help. One of our focuses in the OOH life skills curriculum is promoting self-care. Many of the young women we work with have not had the luxury of a traditional upbringing with parents who tend to their basic needs, so they often overlook their health and self-care. At Senhoa we endeavor to teach our artisans life skills so that they can be independent and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Nov 10, 2016

Beginnings

Students receiving their bikes & backpacks
Students receiving their bikes & backpacks

It’s the start of a new school year at Lotus Kids' Club.  Always an exciting time but also chaotic, surprising, wonderful, fun, anxious, vibrant, scary, familiar, awkward, amusing, frustrating and joyful.  And many other adjectives. Kind of exhaustingly exhilarating. I think those two words explain well what it is like to work with young children and youth. 

Much preparation goes into the start of a new school year: everything from lesson plans, meeting parents, sourcing materials to providing to the children what they need--school uniforms, notebooks, backpacks, school supplies.  LKC provides a bicycle also for each preschool/kindergarden graduate to encourage attendance. Some students live far from school. We also make sure we have in place a healthy snack for the primary school kids.  his will involve a vendor outside the school as there are no free government breakfast programs in Cambodia. We want our students to be able to focus and not have a growling stomach. 

As stated we provide uniforms and school supplies; children can not attend school unless they have these. This can be a challenge for some parents who cannot afford these items. Our Social Workers and teachers spend a lot of time with parents stressing the importance of education, consistent attendance and the completion of homework assignments.

There will be challenges for the Social Workers and teachers, especially for the preschool/kindergarden teachers.  Fortunately we have long term staff who are experienced with what to expect and are up to the challenges they'll face.

Getting ready for the new school year
Getting ready for the new school year
Excited for the start of the new school year
Excited for the start of the new school year
Sep 15, 2016

Support Right Around the Corner

Ms. Samoeut certificates
Ms. Samoeut certificates

Ms. Samoeut, 22 years old, is a vulnerable person who received support from Senhoa Foundation in 2013-2014 through a rehabilitation program. She is an orphan living in poor condition with a one year old son. Samoeut was selected to attend Senhoa's vocational program (jewelry making). After finishing her vocational training, she was employed as a full time artisan and received a fair wage salary to support herself.

During Ms. Samoeut's stay at the rehabilitation program Senhoa helped her apply and receive a birth certificate and in 2016 we helped her obtain a family book which is necessary to live legally in Cambodia, as a Cambodia citizen.

This is a big task as the Social Worker needed to run all the processes through the local authorities.  After working closely with local authority, she first received her Residence Book and soon after received the Family Book for her and her siblings.  Her siblings were very appreciative and said if they didn’t have Senhoa staff’s intervention in their case they would have never received the family book to live legally in Cambodia. With support and cooperation between Senhoa and local authorities, she was able to receive her documents quickly.  

This is a big success for Senhoa in providing support for Ms. Samoeut to become a legally citizen and live permanently in Siem Reap.   The support was not only beneficial for Ms. Samoeut, but her son will also be able to register for his birth certificate as a full citizen.  

 
   

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