Did you know that more than 20% of Cambodians live below the poverty line? I and many of our staff came from very poor families and we are better today because we had education and training, and also support from Human and Hope Association. We want our villagers to also move out of poverty, so today we launched a crowdfunding campaign that you can help with!
We really need to raise $12,000 to help more people in our commune and to give them the opportunity to take our year-long sewing course. Then they can have better lives the same as our graduated sewing student, Chomrong.
Chomrong has three children and was only able to study until grade seven because her family was so poor. Then she worked as a builder and earned 88 cents a day. So sad! Then she got married and moved to Siem Reap. Her husband was also a builder and they did not earn enough money to feed their family with the nutritious food. Their children would fall sick a lot and then because they always had to go to hospital they would have to spend a lot of money and then they were even more poor. In 2014 we found Chomrong and asked her to study with us to learn sewing. We are so happy because she studied with us for a year, and learnt many many things about sewing, even how to make a beautiful dress for weddings! Chomrong also studied life skills and learnt about domestic violence, job skills and hygiene. She was more confident to stand up to her husband. We also took her son into our preschool program and he learnt Khmer, hygiene and good habits. Another son learnt English with us. Then Chomrong took a loan to buy a sewing machine through our microfinance program. She can now make clothes for her neighbours and make products for HHA at her home so she can also take care of her children. She has started to moving herself out of the poverty bracket and we know with her hard work one day she will not be poor anymore.
Can you donate to our cause and support the empowerment of our villagers to move out of poverty? If you do, there are so many nice perks you can get!
$25 – Provide students with life skills classes for a month
Get a thank you card emailed to you direct from the team in Cambodia
$50 – Provide a student with a stipend for one term
Receive a thank you card and video direct from the team in Cambodia
$100 – Provide sewing start up kits to two classes
Receive the above perks plus a special key ring made by our team in Cambodia.
$250 – Provide a microfinance loan
You will receive the above perks along with a 2016 HHA calendar!
$500 – Fund our sewing supplies for one term
A thank you card, video, key ring, 2016 calendar AND a bracelet made from traditional Cambodian fabric will be making its way to you.
$1,000 – Sponsor a student
We will send you a travel pack made by our team in Cambodia. Not only this, you will also receive a personal thank you video from our staff and students in Cambodia, so you can see the people whose lives you have impacted.
$2,000 – Sponsor a teacher
You will receive a thank you card, key ring, 2016 calendar, bracelet made from traditional Khmer fabric, travel pack, personal video AND bunting to brighten up any area in your house.
$6,000 – Sponsor a class
In addition to the above perks you will also receive a surprise pack of lovely handicrafts made by the people whose lives you have impacted.
As you can see, you can help and we will be so grateful because you will make the big impact in our villagers lives. Please donate here and please share this with your friends so we can give our villagers sew many opportunities!
Good luck for you,
San Thai on behalf of Team HHA