Since 2010, Senhoa Foundation has established projects that address the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
The Situation in Cambodia
Human trafficking is a horrific practice in which individuals are forced or coerced into migration, forced labor, prostitution, and/or exploitation. Trafficked individuals are regularly sexually, emotionally, and/or physically abused.
The trafficking of people is a growing business in Cambodia. Individuals are regularly moved within Cambodia and through it to bordering nations like Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. According to the US State Department, “Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking in person, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution.”
Women and children are predominately trafficked for the purpose of forced labor, domestic work, and sex work. Individuals are usually sold or stolen by family members, friends, and strangers.
We believe that early childhood education and a whole-family approach are the keys to lifting families out of poverty and preventing human trafficking and exploitation.
We believe that access to dignified and safe employment is one of the most powerful armors to protect women from human trafficking and exploitation.
Through partnerships, we combine our knowledge and experience to create holistic prevention, rehabilitation and advocacy programs that are culturally sensitive and respectful of service users.
Lotus Kids’ Club
LKC promotes education and positive social engagements as the keys to lifting families out of poverty.
- Preschool Program: early childhood development to prepare children for entry into primary school;
- Scholarship Program: educational scholarships for primary school children, English lessons, after-school tutoring and extra-curricular activities;
- Family Development: a ‘whole family’ approach to achieve real and sustainable change for individuals and their community;
- Community development: initiatives to promote positive community-building activities.
Our Own Hands
- Provide young vulnerable women with access to safe and secure employment;
- Produce and retail high quality women’s accessories for the OOH line, the Senhoa brand and for other labels;
- Generate sufficient profits to remit back to community development programs;
- Provide comprehensive life skills curriculum and educational support.
At Senhoa Foundation, we believe that providing at-risk women with access to vocational training and subsequent employment placement is one key solution to tackling sexual exploitation.
In September 2014, Senhoa Foundation and Shinta Mani Foundation collaborated with Ziba Beauty to train at-risk women in Ziba’s curriculum on the Art of Threading and the Art of Mehndi. Fully funded by Ziba Beauty’s Shukar initiative, the pilot vocational training program trained and certified 33 at-risk girls from partner shelters in two new art forms. Senhoa Foundation and Shinta Mani Foundation have been providing supplemental English and life skills classes to the girls, as well as job counseling and small business start-up support.
Historical Program: November 2010 to October 2014
Lotus House was a residential facility that exclusively catered to the needs of vulnerable young women that have been victimized and subjected to violence or exploitation.
The Lotus House objective was to prepare young women with the knowledge and skills they need for safe and secure income generation. This helped to promote their ability to live safely and independently.
Senhoa Foundation ceased funding to CCPCR for the implementation of Lotus House as of October 2014 due to differences in project vision. We are currently seeking a new local partner to implement a safe house for victimized girls who are at the end of the care cycle, with a focus on job training and employment placement. CCPCR is still operating a shelter for girls under a new name, Jasmine House.
Senhoa Foundation continues to provide funding to CCPCR to jointly implement the Lotus Kids’ Club program.
- Life skills education;
- Health screenings;
- Access to vocational training;
- Job opportunities;
- Safe Accommodation.