Provide women and girls education in Cambodia

by Women's Resource Center
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Together we make change, together we give chances.
Together we make change, together we give chances.

Friends, we still have $550 to go to meet our $1000 gift match! If you have given already, thank you! If you have not and are able, we hope you'll consider helping us. Your dollars will double instantly, and they go so much further in Cambodia, where a fine meal costs $3 and many live on less than $1 a day. The deadline for the gift match has been extended to January 7. Thank you!


Wrapping up 2013, and celebrating our 3rd Birthday, had us reflect on our achievements and set goals to continue our successful programs in the new year with funds raised from this exciting gift match.

Here's what you've helped us achieve over the past 3 years...
Since our drop in center doors opened in 2010, we have:
  • Provided 818 educational workshops to women and men,
  • Provided a safe space for 130 women to come to talk and share about their concerns and experiences,
  • Networked and collaborated with over 50 local and international organisations in Cambodia.

Together we enable women and girls to receive support and information to make informed decisions about their own lives. Your support enables women to empower themselves. We hope you see how far your dollars go, and the difference you make, here in Cambodia.

Thanks for your support and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

Dara, one of many now empowered women WRC support
Dara, one of many now empowered women WRC support

We at Women’s Resource Center of Cambodia hope you’re enjoying this holiday season and wish you and your loved ones the very best!

We are very grateful to have received an unexpected gift this year…. Friends, a group of anonymous donors has agreed to match all gifts up to $1,000 through January 2! This means that when you choose WRC for your year-end gift, your donation doubles

This comes at just the right time. As we’ve grown our programs this year, our expenses have grown, as well. We hope you can contribute to ensure Cambodian women have WRC to turn to for help when they need it most. You’ve helped us do so much this year:

  • Launch legal aid workshops to ensure Cambodian women know their right to property, divorce, and a safe home
  • Educate and empower 280 women (like Dara, pictured here) through our free workshops on women’s health, domestic violence, and women’s rights
  • Partner with local women’s organizations to reach even more Cambodian women in need
  • Bring in health education volunteers from across the world to ensure our Cambodian staff has access to the best and most current health information
  • Work with the Peace Corps to train our Cambodian staff as ambassadors for women’s rights and health in their community

Your contribution ensures the programs continue in 2014. If you are able to donate and help us take advantage of this opportunity, thank you! And thanks, as always, for being a great friend to Women’s Resource Center of Cambodia. Happy holidays! 

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Phalla, happy and brave.
Phalla, happy and brave.

We asked some Women’s Resource Center legal workshop participants how they felt after graduating. One word kept popping up: “Brave.

Why brave? Because now they know how to stand up for their rights as Cambodian women.

Phalla, one of our graduates, said:

"I thought that daughters were not allowed to study. [People] think that study is not important for girls…. Men can work or do anything, and they think that women are useless.

WRC helps women understand their rights and feel safe….They made me happy, and brave."

Phalla moved to our village to learn new skills and try to escape poverty. We see new women each day eager to make a better future for themselves and their families. Please help us to keep these workshops going. Thank you so much for all that you contribute to Women’s Resource Center of Cambodia.

About WRC’s legal workshops:

Our six-week course teaches Cambodian women – many of whom cannot read or write – their legal rights to tackle domestic violence, divorce, and property disputes. Women who attend the courses often bring their lessons home to their villages and empower others by spreading the word. Each time you help us educate a Cambodian woman, you teach her friends, family, and children, too. 

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Fundraising is a great way to get involved!
Fundraising is a great way to get involved!

Hello to our generous supporters!

First, I’d like to thank you again for being a Women’s Resource Center donor and long time supporter. Donors are essential to keeping our doors open and our programs constantly improving.

Thanks to you we have been excelling in our educational workshops we provide to women and girls--and also some men in our Parents Talk workshops.
How? Our educational workshops have been in high demand this year from outside organizations wishing to provide this invaluable information to their clients. Because of this we are happy to report we have been able to reach more women, girls and their families, including children, than ever before! That's reason to celebrate and be proud of how your generosity is providing for and empowering so many. 

I’m writing today to ask if you can help WRC in another way.

We’ve got a great opportunity this September with our GlobalGiving campaign Provide women and girls education in Cambodia that I’m hoping you can help with.

GlobalGiving is offering three bonus awards—$2,000, $1,000 and $500—to the projects that have the most fundraisers during the month of September. Fundraisers must raise at least $500 from at least 10 donors to qualify for a prize. And, for every fundraiser that reaches the thresholds, GlobalGiving will offer an extra $50!

Getting started is easy!

Step 1: Create a fundraiser page on GlobalGiving by scrolling down to just under the second orange 'donate' button and click the green 'Fundraiser' icon.

Step 2: Sign up or Log In to GlobalGiving.

Step 3: Create your fundraising page with a fundraising name, kind of fundraiser - General, Tribute or Be AWESOME!! - add a photo and you have your very own fundraising page you can share on Facebook. You can use the widget at the bottom to post on your blog or website.

N.B. Remember your fundraiser must start September 1st and end September 30th. 

Some ideas for you to share with your friends about why they should donate to Women's Resource Center:

* Since opening 2.5 years ago, 100% more women are now dropping in for counseling support and referrals to services they need for themselves and their families.
* 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in Cambodia. * 30% of women lacking a skilled attendant during childbirth 
* 28% of children under 5 years of age are under weight, and those living in poor households with uneducated mothers are most likely to be malnourished.
* We currently provide free domestic violence awareness, women's health and positive parenting educational workshops to women.
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In 2014, we will have 2 new workshops available to women - Financial Management and Safe Migration/Trafficking Awareness.

To sweeten the deal for your supporters, GlobalGiving is offering awesome prizes - airplane tickets, a flip cam, and more! - and we’re also offering prizes to the top fundraisers that raise the most money from the most donors. Stay tuned for more details!

Many thanks for all you do,

Sally

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Camp G.L.O.W. fun (and learning!)
Camp G.L.O.W. fun (and learning!)

Hello, WRC friends!

As we at Women’s Resource Center take stock of the first half of 2013, we are are on track to meet and possibly exceed last years workshop attendance, the highest in our history. We are grateful to be able to reach more and more women each day, and especially grateful to you for helping ensure we have the resources to do so.

Most recently, to ensure we have the greatest impact possible, we have been surveying local women to learn more about their needs and also partnering with other organisations on an exciting program…. 

Camp G.L.O.W.

Last month marked our second year partnering with the Peace Corps and several other local organisations in this remarkable program to educate and empower 63 girls, aged 14-20 years, of 7 schools in Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia.
 
Our very own, Pisey, conducted sessions over the weekend camp on self awareness and goal setting, as well as leading the girls through activities to help prepare them to be community educators when they finish the camp – each school group is required to return to their home and teach 100 people, to reach a total of 700 beneficiaries beyond those who attended the camp. Amazing initiative!


Spoil Your Children (Parents Talk Workshop)

 “Many Cambodian parents believe by showing love and care to their children they are spoiling them, so they do not. As you can imagine, this can have a profound effect on children’s self esteem and development.”


- Pisey Khim, WRC Program Director 

Attendance has remained strong this year for our parenting workshops. Many participants in our latest group identified that they were lacking a lot of love, affection and communication from their parents as children. They (and we!) are happy to have the opportunity to learn how to praise their children and give them the love they now know they need.


Know Your Rights (and How to Exercise Them!)

“One woman shared with me that she felt a new understanding about her relationship. She said she didn’t recognize before what an unhealthy relationship or emotional abuse are.” 

- Sophal Ken, WRC Legal Aid Facilitator

We have seen good outcomes in this inaugural year of our legal aid workshops, which teach about domestic violence, divorce rights, property rights, and the complicated procedures they involve. With your support, we will continue this growing program to ensure women in Cambodia know their rights and how to exercise them.


Thank you for making these workshops possible
for the many women and girls who come to our center to learn about topics important to their lives. Your contributions support the continuation of our educational workshops, allowing more women to access education they actively seek.

Opening up about childhood experiences...
Opening up about childhood experiences...

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Women's Resource Center

Location: Siem Reap, - - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​wrccambodia.org
Project Leader:
Pisey Khim
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Cambodia
$35,797 raised of $40,000 goal
 
589 donations
$4,203 to go
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