Graduation Ceremony for Senhoa Vocational Program
As time carries on, constant and steady, we have lifted our heads from diligent endeavors to find that another three months have come and gone! Reflecting on moments now passed, we become overwhelmed by all that has transpired in such a short period.
For the months of May and June, our students in the Senhoa Vocational Program in Cambodia participated in work placement internships. The girls were placed in various work fields and industries in order to enhance both professional development and preparation for reintegration into a functioning society. Eight amazing companies in Siem Reap collaborated with Senhoa in creating this opportunity for our students. Each week the interns spent four hours a day, Monday to Thursday, in their various job placements practicing specific tasks that related back to the life skills lessons that had learned in training. On Fridays, interns attended Reflections classes where they discussed and processed all they had experienced and learned throughout the week. At the beginning, every intern was extremely nervous and apprehensive of being in a normally functioning work place. Unfortunately, three of the girls were unable to complete their internships due to personal reasons. However, the 16 girls who completed their placements gained a great deal of confidence throughout the experience and came to enjoy their work environments and supervisors. We are very proud to say that, upon the conclusion of the internships, three of our students were even offered part-time positions!
On July 14th we celebrated with the very first graduating class of the Senhoa Vocational Program! After a full year of classes in life skills, business skills, and language study, as well as jewelry training and internships, 16 young women, in beautiful dresses and personally designed earrings, walked the stage and received an official certificate of completion. They were congratulated and honored by the attendance of Senhoa Cambodia Staff, a few VIP guests from the US, Lotus Transition House Staff, Rapha House Staff, and NMSI interns. After one week of rest and vacation, the graduates have now transitioned from students of the Senhoa program to paid part-time jewelers. Senhoa Cambodia staff are actively looking for alternative potential job placements and other vocational programs for the graduates.
Back in the States, Senhoa is excited to announce our collaboration with supermodel Coco Rocha in the creation of our newest jewelry line: Coco Rocha for Senhoa. (Click the link for Coco’s own sneak preview of designs!) This week, Coco will be at the Senhoa Head Office to work with Jenny Van our Creative Director, in finalizing the collection. Jenny has been working tirelessly to incorporate techniques that the girls in Cambodia have learned while also staying true to Coco’s designs. We are very excited for the finished version of this collection!
As always, we are thankful for your continued support as we press on, constant and steady, one moment at a time. Visit our NEW blog and join us in creating beauty out of brokenness
Gifts made for each graduate as encouragement
Coco Rocha and our Executive Director Lisa Nguyen
Adding finishing touches to Coco's new collection!