Michelle’s Friday Project Update: Life and Hope Association

Have you ever wondered what GO means when we say we fund “sustainable” projects? This means we seek to fund projects which our partners are able to continue long after GO’s grant ends. Today, I am going to share information on a project GO Campaign funded in 2011 which continues to help vulnerable girls in Cambodia complete their secondary school education.

Organization: Life and Hope Association (LHA)

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Context: Unfortunately there are many impoverished girls in Cambodia that are unable to complete their education leaving them with limited opportunities for employment and means to support their families.

Background: LHA’s Program Advancing Girls Education (PAGE) Program was launched in 2006 to change this reality. During the program, girls are provided with room, board, medical care, counseling, tutoring, scholarships, and support as they pursue their academic dreams.

Current Status: In 2011, GO Campaign awarded LHA $65,000 to build a new home for their PAGE program and increase the program’s capacity from 15 girls annually to 25. In 2013, we provided an additional grant for $32,236 to build a library at the PAGE house to further support the girls’ academic goals. We are proud to share that 100% of PAGE participants have successfully completed the program, and many alumni have continued their studies entering university and vocational training programs post-graduation.

Meet Las Srey

Cambodia - Las Srey Mao

Las Srey is 23 years old. She was living in a remote village located 70km outside of Siem Reap. She was forced to drop out of school in 2010 because she was the oldest of seven siblings, her father was ill, and her family could not afford to pay her school fees. She was accepted into PAGE in 2011. That year, she resumed secondary school and successfully graduated last year. She is now working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in accounting at University of South-East Asia. She is also working as an office assistant at LHA’s head office. Her life has improved significantly thanks to LHA and GO Campaign.