In the past few months, there have been many exciting changes here at Senhoa!
Senhoa partnered up with Kamonohashi
Senhoa is great with making contacts. Recently, Senhoa Cambodia made friends with Japanese NGO Kamonohashi to help young women vulnerable to trafficking.
The Kamonohashi Project is a human-trafficking preventative initiative that provides income generating opportunities by means of weaving traditional grass mats in their rural-based factory. However, they found that the young women they employed were difficult to engage due to their lack of education and understanding the importance of work ethic.
That’s where we stepped in with our Life-Skills Program! As a new duo, Kamonohashi helped Senhoa identify young women in their commune and enrolled them into our Lotus House and Life-Skills Program.
Senhoa held an information session at the commune meeting hall. We ran family assessments. We ran medical assessments to ensure all was in working order. We introduced them to a new life the in Lotus House and now we’re seeing them enjoy what Senhoa has to offer!
We hope for the young women of Kamonohashi to learn the value of work ethic, responsibilities, critical thinking so upon graduation with Senhoa they can return to their village better equipped to take on employment position with the Kamonohashi weaving factory. We want the young women to earn a decent income for themselves and their families and avoid the trap of human trafficking and the dangerous lure of the commercial sex industry.
Senhoa moved into a new office
In February, we moved into our new home! Check it out.
Lotus House Field Trips
On our first Lotus House field trip, our superstar volunteer Jenifer Smith and Dara took our Lotus House girls on a field trip to West Baray. It was a trip for all the girls to get familiarized with the staff and each other. We all biked to West Baray, brought our own food for a picnic and swam in the reservoir.
On our second Lotus House trip, we took the girls to Phnom Khulen. Phnom Khulen is in Siem Reap Province and is known as the mountain of the lychees. We took the girls to the temple and the waterfall. One of our former service user also came and talked about her experiences and how she is doing now. This was good support for the girls to give them an idea about what happens after their year at the Lotus House.
Cheers to a new year!
With Lots of Love and Kisses,