The Catalyst Foundation Community Center will empower our community’s women and children, provide assistance and resources for people to make a difference in their own lives, and ensure access to resources and tools that enable a positive change for the future. Our multi-faceted development approach is community driven, low-tech and sustainable for the long run. It will be guided every step of the way by the community and targeted specifically to meet their needs.
Trafficking, as we know it today, involves the sale, extortion, and abuse of children. In our Kien Giang community, it is focused on girls aged 6-17 year old. These girls are literally sold by their parents to a middleman, often a trusted older lady that offers them a "job". Sadly it's in the sex industry. These girls suffer wounds both externally and internally. These girls are physically and mentally abused from the moment they are sold as a consumable item.
The most effective way to break the cycle of poverty in an individual child's life is to strategically empower whole communities. By educating, providing training and employment, building safe dwellings, and empowering mothers and girls to stand up with dignity. The community Center will directly impact the 180 children and 100 families that we currently serve, as well as the future generations in an area that is mostly ethnic Khmer. Our goal is for the community to eventually sustain itself.
The Community Center of Hope will be a safe and accessible environment for all women and children in crisis, In addition the Community Center will offer adult education, childcare, computer classes, and mental health counseling.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).