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Despite human trafficking being a crime in Cambodia, the country has a significant child sex tourism problem; some children are sold by their parents, while others are lured by what they think are legitimate job offers like waitressing, but then are forced into prostitution. 38% of women and girls working in sexually exploitative conditions had entered the industry because their virginity had been bought. In a survey of Cambodian sex trafficking victims to Thailand, only 25% reported being trafficked by a stranger. Two-thirds of the victims were trafficked by someone that they knew – a family member or someone from their community. Some are as young as 13.*
As part of our Cambodia outreach teams, the team visits the training centre of Precious Women; a Cambodian run NGO which offers women caught up in the entertainment industry a way out by providing training in beauty, hairdressing, cooking etc.
We learn about their work and enjoy beauty treatments, fun and conversation with some of the trainees. Following that, we join the Precious Women staff and volunteers in small groups, visiting 3 or 4 women that have escaped the sex industry and who now utilise these skills. Our aim is to demonstrate love and show interest to the women we will spend an hour or so with that evening.
School Build for Pour Khoeun Village in Preah Vihear Province, Northern Cambodia
Mission Direct continues to partner with Serve Cambodia and the Fellowship of Hope (FOH) Church network in Cambodia, but our focus is moving from Phnom Penh to a remote rural community in the northern province of Preah Vihear. We are seeking volunteers to join two building teams to help our partners build a school for a village where there is currently no school and the children have not been educated. Our partners Mr Meng Oum and his wife Sreylin, along with their young daughter Emma, have made the sacrificial move to Preah Vihear to start an outdoor school for 60 village children. These children are currently taught at Mr Meng’s house, but need shelter from the sun and rain for their classes and our project is to raise funds and to build a two-classroom school and a small teacher’s office. Soil has already been moved to the site prior to the rainy season, to provide a firm base for the building and to prevent flooding in the future. This is an exciting new project which will benefit a particularly poor community.
Teachers are welcome to join the team but please remember the main project is to build. However, there may well be an opportunity to teach the local children and to provide some teacher training.
Volunteers will have the opportunity for rest and relaxation exploring the famous Angkor Wat temple complex near Siem Reap and other attractions in Preah Vihear province such as the Tbeng Meanchey Mountain.
New villages of homes for vulnerable people in Phnom Penh
Schools built incl. a floating classroom
Bamboo houses built to move families off of dumps in Phnom Penh
03 Feb - 17 Feb 2024
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24 Feb - 09 Mar 2024
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Orientation days and reunion days are included to help you get the most from your trip.