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Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education

by Cambodia Rural Students Foundation
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Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
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Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Empower Cambodian Girls with Hygiene and Education
Celeste Mergens, Founder of Days for Girls
Celeste Mergens, Founder of Days for Girls

2019 has been a huge year for Project G and Cambodia Rural Students Trust! Thank you for your support this year. With your help we taught 2107 students and distributed 1082 Kits with further distirbutuions happening this month! 

We have hosted many guests in Siem Reap - thank you for helping us pack kits that were made in Siem Reap at our enterprise and thank you for attendeding distributions with us! And a huge thank you to the founder of Days for Girls, Celeste Mergens who has visited us twice in the last few months, as well as the ongoing support of Maria Hicks OAM who is the Regional Representative for Cambodia with Days for Girls

Project G Empowering Girls sews Days for Girls Kits in Siem Reap. The Kits are washable pads that last 3+ years enabling women and girls to continue on with 'life as usual' during their periods. That means NO missing school, NO shame, NO limited activities and NO lost days. By gifting a Kit, YOU have changed a girls life and created a better future for her and for those that will come after her. 

We are looking forward to 2020 and reaching our goal to distirbute 3000 kits for free to rural girls and educate 5000 girls and boys about menstruation, gender equality, hygiene, self-defence and human trafficking.

Thank you again and Happy Holidays

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It's hard to believe that Project G Empowering Girls started 12 months ago! In that time, we have made over 1200 Kits, delieverd 987 Kits and educated 1458 girls and boys through our education program!! We have 3 trained sewers, 30 Project G team members and 80+ regular volunteers!!

To celebrate our first anniversary we held a movie night and looked back at what we've accomplsihed in this past year. We would like to sincerely thank every person who has supported us through this first year and we look forward to many more years of empowering more girls to stay in school and achieve their dreams. We would also like to make a speical thank you to Burgess Group, Caprice and Lifestyle Brands International for their corporate support.

Our goal for the next 12 months is to sew and distirbute 3000 Kits and educate 5000 students - we look forward to sharing our journey with you!

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Thank yo all for your incredble support!! We reached our first goal of $10,000!!!! 

We have been running 2 workshops and distributions a month since May and are now educating at least 300 students a month!! Since March 2019, we have distributed 252 Kits and have been back to 5 schools to hold follow up workshops.

We are excited to have our first large order of 80 Kits come through from an organisation in Australia and we will be helping run a distribution of these 80 kits we are making in September this year. 

A new generation of CRST students (Cambodia Rural Students Trust) are now going through the online training module provided by Days for Girls and will soon be certified Ambassador for Womens Health and Men Who Know. This means that they will be able to join our Education team and present to schools and organisations. 

To keep up to date with everyting we are doing, we invite you to follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/ProjectGCRST 

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On March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting 35 of our CRST students, including our sewing ladies to our sewing shop.

We divided the students into groups and assigned tasks for them to do such as cutting shields, liners, cutting string, packing kits and ironing on labels. We took around an hour and half to finish all the tasks because there were so many volunteers!

At 3:30pm, we had another activity. We bought three cakes - two were for sewing ladies and another was for all the girls. For the sewing ladies, as they have never celebrated with a birthday cake before, they were so excited and burst out crying for what we did on International Women’s Day. The other cake was brought by the boys for all girls. That cake represented Empowering, Value, Respect, Support and Caring for all girls around the world.

They were so glad and they felt proud of themselves. We want all girls to be strong, confident, and be able to raise up their voice. Being a girl is so amazing!!

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Our team ran a workshop at Ronta Ek High School and this is was he second time to run a workshop at this school. In the morning, our team arrived at the office at 6:20AM, and we had breakfast together then we leave the office at 6:50AM. While we were on the Tuk Tuk our team relaxed and chatted each other and they were so happy. 

We arrived there at 7:40AM, as the director was busy, so we met with other teachers, and they helped us to organize students, and our team also helped students to cleaned class rooms and spent about 10 minutes then we came to the own team as we decided in lesson plan. Our teaching went smoothly because we followed our teaching plan, so we did very well from one activity to another activity. Especially at the beginning the students were enthusiastic about our game and this was important because it made a good connection between us before the lesson started.

While we were sharing, all of them were very interested in our lesson, but some of them were a bit shy. However, when we asked them questions, they always involved in answering. They also asked us many questions about their period.  

For the boys team, they also really enjoyed the lesson. They were also interested about the part of the women lesson, and asked many questions.

After we finished teaching we provided all the girls with free feminine hygiene Kits and they were really excited to get their own Kit, and they wanted to try using it because all of them have never seen anyting like it before. Finally we had some snacks together and we talked and chatted with each other then we had group photos in each group; everyone showed their feeling strong excitement while we were taking the pictures and then said good bye.

We will be going back next month to follow up with the students who received the kit to get their feedback and answer any more questions they have

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Cambodia Rural Students Foundation

Location: Keysborough - Australia
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Jessica Palti
Keysborough, Australia
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