As another year is just around the corner, and with it another year of opportunities to invest in some great young people, we hope you will consider making a donation. Our ever-growing number of students depends heavily on the schools and programs of EYC, and we rely upon YOU to help us.
This coming year has the potential to have the largest impact yet. To recap the services currently offered every week in each of our 4 community centers/schools in poor communities, otherwise known as slums (i.e. residents do not hold land titles), including;
• English classes (all 650 students attend English classes daily)
• computer classes
• leadership training
• medical and dental care
• scholarships and education assistance
• job placement and more.
While many of our students and classes are doing great, we have additional financial needs to be able to keep doing what we do in 2014 and we hope you can help us out.
There will be an opportunity to give through Global Giving and get matching funds on your donation on the morning of December 3 rd (Tuesday). We will send a reminder the day before, but if you would be able to time your donation to take advantage of this then wait to donate. The link is (use only on the morning of December 3 rd ) is http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/preparing-30-cambodian-youth-for-job-placement/ To make a donation otherwise U.S. citizens can make a tax free contribution online via our partner Village Earth . Donors outside of the U.S. can make an online donation via our U.K. based partner Camkids .
Making a donation with your credit card will take just a few minutes and will go a long way to help us provide for our students.
EYC’s Medical Program:
Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) provides medical care weekly at each of EYC’s 4 schools. Students in the schools are provided a basic but holistic set of health services including regular health and hygiene training, weekly medical clinics at each school, referrals for serious cases that can’t be treated in the clinics, and quality dental care through our partners. Additionally, the people in the community receive health services including family planning training and long term birth control.
EYC started in 2006 providing education and leadership development for young people, but did relatively little to help with health in their first 3 years despite their being a big need. The EYC team was good at inspiring and training young people, but when people got sick we felt pretty helpless. Then EYC’s medical partner One-2-One started to form and they were able to provide a whole new level of support for students and their families. The team in EYC was able to work to support the health workers with volunteers from the communities and follow up on individual cases.
Currently there is some impressive results which are hard to understand without seeing it firsthand; sick people being treated, cavities being filled (smiles returned), behaviors changed and hygiene improved, a new generation that understands reproductive health, woman in control of their bodies, and real care being shown to people who are in a tough situation. Each week there is a line of people waiting to see the medical team, there are tuk tuks full of kids going to the dentist, and there are trained young people on the ground to educate and help in all kinds of situations.
Last year EYC (with help from our partners) accomplished ;
• 2,515 Patient-visits with a doctor.
• 1,152 Patient-visits to a dentist.
• 73 Women received long term birth control (IUD or implant).
While the road to improving the health of a community is not an easy one, these results along with a continued health education message will affect long term changes in the communities EYC works.
Lakeside School – a small community school with a big heart!
The Lakeside School is a dynamic learning center in a slum community in Phnom Penh serving 160 students each day. Started in 2008, the successes of students coming from this project show that with a hand up young people can be empowered to obtain quality employment and valuable life skills.
Lakeside's programs include 7 hours of English per day for various levels, computer classes throughout the day and evening, a weekly medical clinic, biweekly trips to the dentist, reading (in their new library), community organizing, as well as weekend activities including leadership development, an under-14 soccer team, yoga, cycling, and field trips. Currently 8 students are given financial support for their high school or university education and EYC’s job placement service is open to all. The kids really enjoy going to class and teachers incorporate life skills training and fun activities into teaching lessons. Outside of the school are tough conditions for living with run-down shanty houses, garbage, people drinking, gambling, and in some cases neglecting children, while inside the mood is cheerful and the staff and volunteers are positive.
Lakeside School is primarily an after-school program since government schools teach only 4 hours each day. During the morning and afternoon students are primary school-age, while in the evening they are in high school and university, as well as youth who have dropped out of school and are working, unemployed, or underemployed. Lakeside has an excellent network of supporting partners, committed Cambodian staff, international and local volunteers, and a student team leader group that volunteers and runs much of the operations of the school. Lakeside is more than a school since it is also a favorite gathering place for like-minded young people who are on their way to somewhere better. The school is open most of the day and serves multiple purposes including a gathering/play area for young kids, it has 2 sinks with soap for anyone to use, books for people to read on-site or borrow, and computers with Internet.
At the heart of the school is some excellent staff including Ky Hao, the English teacher from 6:30 to 8:30pm (2 different levels). He is a graduate of a government university “Institute of Foreign Languages” (IFL) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Teaching. He has a grasp of the English language far beyond most non-native speakers. Ky Hao likes to use current events as part of his lessons which also serve to engage students in social issues happening in their country.
Veng Chenghuor is a 20 year old student who has studied at Lakeside School since 2009. She is now a 2 nd year university students and has 2 jobs. Chenghuor says “the best part of Lakeside School is her teacher Ky Hao because he is hard working, has good ethics, makes good lesson plans and asks students lots of questions. He also makes class fun and explains things well.” Another thing she likes is that “the school is close to my house and is free for students in the community to study. It is also a place where the community can have a meeting and children can gather to take action, such as a garbage clean-up.”
EYC has plenty of challenges to be able to work in the chaotic slum environment, but the involvement from the people in the community help to make things go smooth. In 2013-2014 additional students will be awarded scholarships to continue their studies at university and EYC is seeking donors to make this possible.
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