Sewing School Dormitory
The quality of life for girls living in rural Cambodia is not ideal. Life and Hope Association (LHA) developed a sewing school in 2006 to give girls a chance at learning marketable skills. Each year, 30 girls who have limited or no formal schooling are brought to Siem Reap to participate in a ten-month vocational program. During the course, the girls receive food and lodging as they learn to make shirts, pants, student uniforms, and bags. Upon graduation, each girl gets her own sewing machine. LHA has seen 336 girls successfully graduate from the program and obtain employment as tailors or start their own business.
In December 2015, LHA received a GO Campaign grant to build a dormitory for the students. In addition to providing the students with a safe place to live while they complete the course, the project will save LHA over $6,000 annually in operating expenses, allowing them to focus more energy on doing what they do best: helping vulnerable youth become educated, productive, and empowered members of society.