Provide women and girls education in Cambodia

by Women's Resource Center
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Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Provide women and girls education in Cambodia
Seu and her family
Seu and her family

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting Women's Resource Center with our project to support women and girls with informal education and life skills in Cambodia. Here is Seu's story of how her life changed through everything she learned with WRC...

Seu is 34 years old, she is married to Meth and they have three children. In 1990, she was forced to migrate from Takeo to Siem Reap to find work. She has started her fruit stall at home and Meth is a construction worker. After Seu married she faced many struggles, including physical and emotional abuse and violence by her husband, especially when he drank. At one point he also abandoned her – but now they are reunited. She also received discrimination by her family in-law and the community. This was hard for Seu and caused her response to be aggressive towards her husband, mother-in-law and her children. She said: “My husband always listens to his mother and he believed what his mother told him about me. When he comes home, he always complains and blames me, and sometimes beats me and he never listens to me or my reasons.”

In 2016, she was told by her neighbour about WRC. She first joined the Community Outreach Program on Women’s Rights and Gender and later other topics about Women’s Health, Family Planning, Positive Parenting, Financial Literacy and other activities organised by WRC. After the workshops Seu reported feeling more motivated and empowered by the WRC team. She gained more knowledge and became and stronger person. She can openly discuss problems with her husband and mother-in-law, she feels they have all changed and now look for positive solutions and engaged with one another to solve problems. She can manage her anger and find the ways to negotiate and talk with her husband about what she likes and does not like and how they can support and understand the needs of each other.

What she has learned about financial literacy helps her to better manage the families money as she practices saving and tracking the expenses to manage the budget, Seu also discusses and shares knowledge of family planning, reproductive health, domestic violence and gender roles with her husband. Seu and her husband also received counselling support while she struggled with her family and her health. She was very sick and WRC referred her to the Provincial Hospital and referral NGOs who provided medical treatment and now she is back to full health.

Our WRC social worker has visited her family and met with her mother I law and her husband a few times and referred them to join community talks, conducted by our ambassador in the village. Her husband and mother-in-law have changed their behaviour, they respect her and have stopped looking down on her, or using violence and discrimination towards her. Since they attended sessions and listened to information Seu shared from WRC they understand the impact of violence and now support her and use positive discipline with the children. She said: “My husband has changed his behaviour toward me and the children now, he gives me all the money he earned - not like before when he used it for alcohol and never gave me enough. My mother-in-law also stopped discrimination against me and now he is nice to me and supports me.”

The neighbour also said that her husband has changed a lot. They never thoughts he could change his aggressive behaviour and drinking alcohol, but he did.

Sue continues that: “My husband is happy that I have gained more knowledge and supports me to join more workshops and she knowledge with him and my children.” She mentioned that “when women have knowledge it really helps us to think, reflect and better deal with the problems or struggles we face in life. When we have enough knowledge and information, we can make good decisions about our lives.”

Seu is happy that her family now has a good relationship that she always dreamt about. She has become one of our Community Ambassadors and is confident to participate in society to share her knowledge. She has reached more women and encourages them to join the workshop.

She sends a message to other women: “I wish more women joined the workshop to get more knowledge and apply it in family life. When they have enough information and knowledge they can make better decisions about their lives.”

“Thanks to the Women’s Resource Center for providing knowledge and information to empower me and other women to be string and confident to make decisions and realise my strength to deal with problems. This program intervention is really useful for people and I hope the WRC still continues their mission to support other women and families.”

Seu and her baby
Seu and her baby

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Community Ambassadors
Community Ambassadors

Thank you so much for your support in 2020. It was a challenging year at WRC for both the women we support and the team. However, with your help we made it through. Here are some of the highlights and our annual report is attached to provide you with a full update...

  • 52 people took part in online workshops in financial management, nutrition, puberty, menstruation, family planning, contraception and hygiene.
  • 55 parents attended our online Positive Parenting course.
  • 66 people took part in our workshops on reproductive health, family planning, and gender roles with us through their work at local businesses or NGOs. 
  • 480 people received emergency food parcels.
  • 50 families received chicks, frogs, seeds and nets to raise and grow their own food.
  • 306 families received hygiene materials and information on COVD prevention.
  • 132 people received counselling.
  • 1621 people were reached by our Community Ambassadors and learned about domestic violence, substance abuse and gender roles.
  • 8198 people engaged in our ending violence against women campaign.
  • 51 children used the day care center to play and receive education whilst their parents attended sessions.

Thank you for your support and faith in us throughout 2020, we hope you will continue this journey with us through 2021!

Wishing you all the best,

Gemma and the WRC team


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Our community members collecting supplies
Our community members collecting supplies

Dear Friend,

We hope this finds you well. We wanted to send you an update on our progress since our last report in August.

We have been very lucky that Cambodia currently has no community transmission of COVID19, however people are still being cautious and implementing safety and hygiene measures to stay protected. For Cambodia the devastation has come in terms of the ecconomy, with unemployment and poverty now at high levels. We are still working hard to support our local community and are giving out food and hygiene supplies, plus seeds and chicks for long term sustainability. When people come to the center for supplies we are able to run socially distanced workshops for small numbers, but in the main our workshops have gone online. 

We are still providing counselling and referal services for those who need it, especially women who are suffering from domestic violence or mental health problems at this time.

In October we celebrated the International Day of the Girl and instead of an in person workshops, talks and activities we took oursleves online and conducted our first facebook live session - which was a great success!

Each month we have also been honoured to be on the radio to share more about womens issues and give women more exposure here in Cambodia,

In addition we have continued to invest in our staff and community ambassadors with training as we know how important it is to keep skills aliive and to coninue to learn new ones. 

Despite the challenges of 2020 we are working hard to support the women of Siem Reap in new and innovative ways and thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

Gemma and the WRC team

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Delivering online workshops
Delivering online workshops

Thank you for supporting WRC and investing in the education and life skills of Cambodian women!

As you know, our workshops are usually run in person in our centre, schools and in the community. Due to COVID19, since February when the schools closed and March when our centre closed, we have not been able to deliver in person workshops to keep participants and staff safe. Over the last few months, we have been working hard behind the scenes to find the best ways to reach the women and girls we support with our workshops. There has been some capacity building for staff, investing in new platforms and technology, and work withing the community to ensure our beneficiaries could access online platforms and receive the information we have to share. We are delighted to report that we recently ran our first online workshop via zoom on ‘Women’s Health – Menstruation and Hygiene’ to 24 young adults and ‘Positive Parenting’ to 11 parents. We have also produced a Positive Parenting manual for distribution in August.  In addition, we have filmed a financial literacy video and shared this online (via youtube and facebook) for women to understand more about controlling their finances at this tricky time. We have lots more planned and will keep you updated!

You may also be interested to know that during COVID 19 we have been providing counselling to women and their families via the phone, in the last few weeks alone the team received 30 new cases and supported 22 women with ongoing issues. Most of these client’s concerns are around having no food, domestic violence (which has increased 300%) and financial issues – especially for those with debts and no income. We have also been supplying 50-100  families a month with emergency food an hygiene packages and additional support depending on their needs.

Thank you for your gift to WRC – we could not have achieved so much, and supported so many community members now and into the future without you!

Best wishes,

Gemma and the WRC team.

Mother and child collecting supplies
Mother and child collecting supplies

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Working with partners, HBF, to plan next steps
Working with partners, HBF, to plan next steps

Dear Friend of WRC,

We hope you and your family are welll!

Today we wanted to share an update with you about how we are supporting the women and families we work with in Siem Reap. 

As you know the Cambodian economy is hugely reliant on tourism, especially in our city of Siem Reap. As tourism numbers fell and people lost jobs due to COVID19 many families were plummeted into unexpected poverty. We have worked closely with our community to understand what their current needs are and how we can support them deeply at this time. We surveyed 100 families and learned that most of them feared both COVID and hunger, many were suffering acute stress and mental health issues and there has been a rise in domestic abuse - which is not uncommon when everyone is feeling pressure and we are doing our best to support those suffering. We have been working hard to provide counselling and emergency supplies for famiies in need and so far have been able to reach 115 families. 

We are also focussing on developing new online resources so that our workshops and learning can continue. We will be sharing short videos on facebook and other online platforms and hope to be able to conduct online workshops with beneficiariaes soon. The team are learning new skills to create videos and facilitate online workhsops and we are working out ways to reach those who have poor internet connections or a lack of equipment. We are looking forward to sharing our exsisting workshops and new resources around COVID19 and lifeskills for those facing unemployment soon.

Thank you for your continued support it really does help us reach those who need it.

Gemma and the WRC team

Support from Community Ambassador
Support from Community Ambassador
Must keep remembering our hygiene actions
Must keep remembering our hygiene actions
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Conducting a needs assessment
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Women's Resource Center

Location: Siem Reap, - - Cambodia
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Bunnak Leng
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Cambodia
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