Support the Future: Learn Grow & Thrive

To support rural Cambodian youth in learning the skills necessary (computers, English, etc) to get a job in order to support themselves and their families and elevate out of poverty.

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The Operation Hope Foundation Ltd

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CRIB Pte Ltd

CRIB is a non-profit social enterprise based in Singapore that empowers women to become successful entrepreneurs.

Problem

Often, rural Cambodian youths graduate from school without the skills necessary to obtain a white collar job with a regular paycheck. In fact, over 80% of Cambodians work in vulnerable employment (i.e. no regular paycheck) (source: ILO, ADB). Students often have never touched a computer nor speak English or understand how to act in a business environment. This means that more generations work in jobs that are not secure and have no path to progression – and mean more families stay trapped in poverty.

Solution

Hope Training Centre in Prey Veng has seen nearly 400 graduates since its inception in 2012. It is a programme that teaches rural and underprivileged young women and men the skills necessary to obtain a white collar job. This enables them to support themselves and their families in a more sustainable way than what is the norm. It serves as a pathway to a brighter future for graduates as they often go on to attend university. There is a 3-month and 7-month course offered – both residential so that the students don’t have to travel long distances or source their own food. The training focuses heavily on technology – often this is the first time students have used a computer. Microsoft office and other software such as Photoshop and editing are taught as well as computer repair and networking. English and critical work and life skills (problem solving, project management, etc.) are also taught.

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