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English spelling practice at Helping Hands!
It’s hard to believe that it is already almost two months since Helping Hands took part in the Global Giving Fundraising challenge – but for all of us here the memories of all our supporters’ enthusiasm, ingenuity and generosity are still very fresh in our minds. We are delighted (and more than a little bit humbled) that with your help we raised a total of just under £7,000 or just over US$10,700!

Let’s not forget that the challenge was also a competition and thanks to everyone’s support and generosity we raised the third highest amount of all the projects taking part which meant we were also awarded a cash bonus of £500 from Global Giving!

We received donations from Cambodia, Peru, The UK, France, USA, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan to name just a few of the countries where Helping Hands enjoys support. So once again thank you to everyone who donated and everyone who organised fundraisers to help us achieve this amazing goal.

Meawhile in Cambodia…

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Project manager Lisa with scholarship tailoring student (centre) and her ‘House Mum’ in Siem Reap.

Work at Helping Hands continues apace, and your donation is helping us to continue our work with the amazing people of Prasat Chas village. To give you an insight into the long term impact that Helping Hands has on the community, please read the following report from Helping Hands Project Manager Lisa Morris who tells us about the positive difference we have made to just a few of the students we have been working with…

“Since August 2014 we’ve helped 12 highly motivated young adults to access further and higher education in Cambodia’s second ‘city’, Siem Reap, a one and a half hour bicycle ride from the village.

These opportunities offer realistic training and futures for students from the village. Children often drop-out of education before they complete high school, due to family and financial pressures, making it impossible for them to continue at university or secure a good job. The main option for these young adults is low-paid, often dangerous, temporary construction work.

Amongst our success stories this year is a 21 year old girl who was working in construction and is now undertaking a tailoring course, which includes making school uniforms for the students at Helping Hands. She will soon graduate and return to her village with a sewing machine and new skills to establish a simple business.

Two young women also previously working in construction are now in training at a respected Cambodian beauty school, again with the intention of returning to their community to set up small businesses. And one Helping Hands graduate is set to be an exceptional Khmer chef thanks to our new partnership with training restaurant Haven.

In addition to this, Helping Hands recently celebrated one of our ex-students graduating from our sponsored training program at the Bayon Pastry School in Siem Reap, and she now continues her hard work and success as sous-chef at a luxury hotel.

Helping Hands Cambodia’s objective is to break the cycle of poverty in rural Cambodia by helping people to help themselves. The successes that we celebrate in education and training with these young adults are only possible through the generosity of our supporters and of course the hard work, dedication and commitment of these inspirational students. Well done to them for their successes!”

We hope we can count on your continued support and we look forward to bringing you more news soon!

Helping Hands Pastry school graduate and family

Helping Hands Pastry school graduate and family

Stay tuned for more updates. And thanks for your support!

You can view our Global Giving Page here, or lend your support with a donation at the link below:

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