In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer's stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
Rural Cambodians have endured some terrible hardships. The Pol Pot genocide eliminated almost all of the professionals and educators in the nation, and Cambodians suffered during the subsequent two-decade long war and persistent political unrest. The most significant contributor to poverty in Cambodia is the lack of functioning educational facilities and economic opportunities caused by the obliteration of the most basic institutions and facilities necessary to sustain a community.
Our agency strives to create a bright and better future for under-privileged Cambodian children. A registered non-profit organization founded in August 2010 by Mr. Jason (Chanthou Han) after his long career working with various orphanages, and local and international organizations in Cambodia. Mr. Jason founded the agency with a group of volunteers from other local and international organizations. The Agency was given approval by the Royal Government of Cambodia to organize and facilitate activities in line with its mission, vision and goals.
Our mission strives to break the cycle of poverty by empowering women, children and the community through access to education and subsequent sustainable employment opportunities. Hope Agency strives to create a bright and better future for these disadvantaged people.
Our vision is to help under-privileged Cambodian children reach their full potential and to create sustainable living conditions by providing education, nourishment, a stable home environment, healthcare and training skills.
Our agency aims to break the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation at the crucial root of the problem, which is a lack of education and resources for the most vulnerable people. The Center will free children from having to work dangerous, arduous jobs and will provide them with a safe and comfortable environment in which they will be fed, clothed, given access to healthcare, and provided with kindergarten, primary, high school, non-formal education and vocational training skills (i.e., training as accountants, teachers, seamstresses, agricultural workers, mechanics, etc). Children will also receive training in health, nutrition and basic morals and values (such as respect for oneself and others, cooperation, discipline, etc.). Once they complete school, the children will be assisted (technically and financially) in securing sustainable jobs or in furthering their education.
We have formed a strong and respectful relationship with villagers and authorities at all levels in the communities it has been assisting for the past year, providing an open forum for raising awareness on delicate matters such as HIV/AIDS. Our agency will additionally conduct regular Human Rights workshops in which it will encourage the families of the children, and community members to join in learning about the value of education, alternatives to child labor, the importance of non-violence, and community solidarity and development. Education campaigns are being/will be integrated with the workshops that will target both men and women in the communities.
We are committed to protecting the under-privileged Cambodian children by providing the basic human rights of education, a stable environment, healthcare and training skills. Our agency therefore seeks to improve the social-economic status of disadvantaged rural communities in Cambodia through integrative social-economic rehabilitation programs and the creation of educational and employment opportunities, in order to build a strong community for a better sustainable future.
Our agency empowers its children to become self-reliant members of the community who can participate in community meetings and assist in community development. Ultimately, Our agency is setting a precedent concerning the value of education in the community by serving as a model of the direct relationship between increasing education and decreasing child labor and abuse, increasing quality of living, and sustainable employment opportunities. We intend to expand to accommodate all of the children in need of its services in Cambodia
Khmer and English Languages
Volunteers at our agency can be a group or an independent. Volunteers are able to stay at the Center with free of charge as we will offer the accommodation but we are asking for per day living cost. We offer the opportunity if volunteers either wish to live by their own or stay with the family. It is an exchange.
In order for Center to be financially sustainable, we intend to create an Animal Project to help generate the income for needs such as educational supplies, toilets or bathrooms, a library and maintenance costs. The Animal Project is not only to ensure the financial success of school, but it can also be a life skill for children to learn how to do animal husbandry and raise animals.
Raising animals is the primary source of income for Cambodian people living in rural areas and it would be a good business for people who own a couple hectares of land. People are then able to make an income to support basic living conditions/costs, such as educational supplies, clothes, maintenance costs and daily expenses. Our agency intends to support the Animal Husbandry Project at the Center. Our Center is located on a hill which provides a suitable environment for grazing cows. Paths are connected to the other public roads. A pond was dug in 2010 for the water supply in and around the Center. Grass and trees grow all year round. It is believed that raising these animals will generate enough money to sustainably run the Center.
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