This project is a holistic program offering support to 350 girls aged 12 to 17 to attend school and grow in confidence. It encourages girls to stay at school and educates families about the harm of leaving school at a young age to earn an income. The girls all come from four poor schools in urban slum areas around Phnom Penh. Based out of a community centre, and involving the schools, the program runs the following activities for the girls; English and computer classes, life skills and career development workshops, craft activities, cultural outings and girls’ clubs. All of this creates an environment where the girls can offer each other support and be mentored by our implementing partners.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
This program works with local schools and families to ensure that young girls stay in school. Our partner has researched and worked with these girls and learnt that the greatest risk factor for trafficking and illegal jobs is dropping out of school. By keeping the girls in school our partner is strengthening their ability to get a decent, legal job which can contribute to supporting the family.
This budget covers the costs of running workshops, classes, girls’ clubs and cultural activities, as well as craft supplies and the rent of the community centre for 350 of the 600 girls. Funding for the remaining 250 girls and the cost of additional staff who undertake the liaison and outreach at the schools is borne by our implementing partners and other organisations.
When a family is living in poverty, anyone who can earn a living, legal or not, is expected to do so. The pressure is worse for girls, as a family is more likely to remove a girl from school. Phnom Penh has urban slum areas where families are only just getting by, surviving as day labourers or unable to find work at all.