Project #217 | Preventing Trafficking for At-Risk Girls in Cambodia

Our partnership with AusCam Freedom Project

Cambodia is a medium-developed country with a Human Development Index ranking of 146 out of 189 countries. As of October 29th, 2020, Cambodia has recorded only 291 reported cases and currently 0 deaths. Despite Cambodia’s underdeveloped health infrastructure, Prime Minister Hun Sen was able to contain the virus exceedingly well through increasing rapid testing, a pre-existing cultural norm of wearing face masks for public and personal health safety, introducing strict school shutdowns, and closing public entertainment and gathering areas. However, widespread school closure has created new challenges with child education and vulnerable populations who are now at an increased risk of becoming impoverished or who are now seeking financial relief. In the 2019 “Trafficking in Persons Report”, the U.S. Department of State placed Cambodia on the Tier 2 watch list categorizing young, female, and vulnerable Cambodian citizens as being highly at risk for trafficking and re-trafficking. AusCam Freedom Project seeks a $25,650 matching grant to support their trafficking rehabilitation center called The Shine Centre, located in Phnom Penh. Through this grant, this center will provide 300 girls with financial support to stay in school and enroll in university and skills training programs. Additionally, a partnership with AusCam Freedom Project will provide 100 students and their additional 400 family members with COVID-19 relief packages and socio-economic relief services for a total of 9 months. 

One Day’s Wages partnered with AusCam Freedom Project to provide COVID-19 relief specifically for girls at risk for human trafficking. AusCam Freedom Project provided educational support through covering school fees, uniforms, school supplies, etc. and covid relief assistance for 100 girls and their families who are under economic stress due to the pandemic. This is part of a larger anti-trafficking program that focuses on prevention by keeping girls enrolled in school and connected to vocational opportunities. 

Our collective impact

Students Attended University or Skills Training

Clients Received Socio-economic Relief Services

Total People Received COVID Relief Packages

Meet Raksa

We received a call on our crisis hotline from Raksa’s mother, who told us that her husband has left, they had no money to buy food, and that she suffers from a chronic health issue. Her income as a cleaner didn’t generate enough money to support the family and she was desperately trying to find work to feed her children, as most of their meals were just rice. She was worried that she would need to ask her 13-year-old daughter to work, but that if she tried to find work, it would most likely lead to exploitation. Our team delivered an emergency relief package to Raksa’s family and offered to enroll Raksa in our Shine Centre so that she could take control of her future.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our human trafficking fund.

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