The recent visit of sewing students from a Siem Reap based vocational school to measure our students for uniforms sparked one local young adult’s interest. Srey K*, 23, was working in construction on a building site and approached us, saying “I wanted to study sewing because I’m small and no good at lifting on a construction site.”
We contacted the sewing school and managed to get her on their new course where she’s already spent 1 month learning the basics in measurement, cutting and patterns. Srey K is on a 6 month course which will prepare her for either self-employment as a tailor, or higher employment in Siem Reap, ensuring she can support her family in the village, especially her younger siblings (she is one of 8) who are still at school.
Srey K has been cycling every day to study in Siem Reap. This is a 2 hour cycle ride and she has been worried that she won’t be able to access the course during rainy season, which is fast approaching.
Thanks to our partnership with another charitable organisation in town, Srey K has been offered supported housing in a female-only dorm, which also provides her with extra education in Khmer, English, computing and life skills during her free time. Her family are fully in support of this.
Helping Hands Cambodia needs to support Srey K to stay in town by offering a small daily ration. The cost of her stay at the supported house is covered already except for the meal allowance, $70 per month or $350 for the remaining 5 months of her course. This allows our student to focus 100% on her studies without feeling the pressure to drop out and earn money to support herself again.
This is an incredible opportunity for our student and, crucially, this is a skill that she can bring back to the community afterwards and continue to develop. She has a strong future ahead of her and her commitment (cycling 2 hours one-way in hot sun or early rains) has already been impressive.
We need one sponsor to cover these core costs, $350, to ensure Srey K can commit 100% to this opportunity which she has chosen for herself. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.