Empower At-Risk Girls in Cambodia

by Senhoa Foundation
Feb 9, 2011

Glamorizing the Anti-Slavery Movement

Coco Rocha - Glamour
Coco Rocha - Glamour's Women of the Year Awards

It seems like life is constantly exciting here at Senhoa and that is how it should be!

To kick off, the glamorous, exciting stuff first.

On the 8th November 2010, Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards 2010 was held at Carnegie Hall, New York. The guest list boasted figures like Oprah, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Chelsea Clinton, Cher and Janet Jackson. But most importantly, among them was Supermodel Coco Rocha in Senhoa jewelry! We want to send a big THANK YOU to Coco and her hubby, James Conran, for their support.

And then over and across the border, the Gemini Awards honors the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals (similar to the Emmy’s here in the US). Actress Krystin Pellerin attended the event wearing… Senhoa Jewelry of course! Thanks to our dear friend and Fashion Designer, Thien Le, who conspired to make this happen.

And on the subject of Thien Le, in early January 2011, Senhoa hosted Thien in Cambodia where he trained some 30 girls from our partner’s shelter in Battambang, Cambodia. Thien conducted a 5-day intensive training, teaching the girls how to silk screen, how to cut fabric with accuracy, how to utilize fabric sparingly, how to adjust machine tension according to fabric thickness and other tricks of the trade. Thien was deeply impressed by the girls’ keenness to learn and how quickly they picked up his lessons. By the end of the 5-day training, the girls had worked together in teams of four to make samples of the reversible Love Rescue Heal tote, and a sophisticated kimono wrap. Senhoa is currently working with students from Harvard University and Brown University to have the totes available for sale in their respective bookshops.

Rewinding to 2010, in late November, Ms Jenny Van, Senhoa’s Creative Director was cooped up designing a top-secret couture collection for Senhoa. On 3 December 2010, Senhoa was featured in a fashion show on Asia Entertainment, Inc. What better way to end a landmark year at Senhoa than with a spectacular fashion show modeled in front of over 4 million overseas Vietnamese viewers!

AND NOW! Down to business!

I am excited to report to you on the progress of a Senhoa project called the CCPCR Lotus House. A partnership agreement was officially signed with the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights on 21 October 2010 to launch this project, providing up to 15 young women with temporary accommodations. At the heart of this project are the provision of safe housing, gradual reintegration and the attainment of “sustainable freedom”. Our Lotus House aims to teach women the skills needed for independent living, help them find safe and secure employment and provide other needed life skills. To date, we have completed the following:

  • Located a property in Cambodia for the project. Boasting 5 large bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, 4 communal areas, a kitchen and its sink, we decided unanimously that it was more than well enough equipped to house up to 15 young, hopeful women.
  • Obtained permission from the local authorities for its operation. We are working with the Village Leader, Commune Leader and District Governor to not only operate the project, but to work in tandem with these government departments to make this project a success.
  • Developed the CCPCR Lotus House policy;
  • Hired our Project Manager, Ms Nary Ny.
  • Developed annual work plan for our project;
  • Networked with companies and local businesses for job placement programs for our girls.

Things are happening at incredible speed here at Senhoa. Please follow our weekly blog at www.senhoa.blogspot.com.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to catching up with you again next time!

Krystin Pellerin, Gemini Awards
Krystin Pellerin, Gemini Awards
Senhoa Fashion Show, Asia Entertainment, Inc.
Senhoa Fashion Show, Asia Entertainment, Inc.
A sample of Senhoa
A sample of Senhoa's Couture Collection
Jewelry Workshop
Jewelry Workshop

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Senhoa Foundation

Location: Artesia, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​senhoa.org
Project Leader:
Lisa T.D. Nguyen
Executive Director
Artesia, CA Cambodia

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