To be honest, I am utterly exhausted. I have been living in Cambodia for four years and 11 months, and have spent that whole time working to empower Cambodians to move out of poverty. Some nights when I get home, I think, “I just want a break, why am I doing this?”. However, stories like the one below really reaffirm how important it is to provide our projects to villagers around Human and Hope Association. So with that, I just keep going. Because what is the point of being on this earth if we don’t utilise our skills and knowledge to help others?
Sangorb could only study until grade 2 because her parents forced her to stop to help their work, raising the cows. At the age of 13, she worked as a builder and in her free time she collected the rattan to make the basket.
When she was 20, she got marry. She and her husband lives in a cottage. After married, she worked as housekeeper and sometimes worked as a construction builder with her husband. After a year later, she had a child, so she just stayed home and looked after her child. She does housework and in her free time, she grows vegetables.
One day, through our staff outreach, we met her and told her about our sewing program. She was interested, but that time she had got an itchy rash on her body which was happened with her for a long time. She was afraid that she could not study. Our staff told her to go to the partner NGO which provides fee health care service for community members. After hearing this information, she had tried to cure her illness until it was recovered and could come to learn sewing with us.
After studying sewing with us for three months, she took out our Sewing Machine Loan through her willing to learn and her great attitude; we promoted her to be our seamstress to make our products at home. She is really happy because she can earn money through making our products and earn some money from fixing and making clothes for her neighbors. She is now learning in our advance sewing class.
“I’ve never imagined that I can do good job with my sewing skill because I could learn only in grade two at school and I cannot write and read Khmer at all, but now I became a seamstress of HHA and can earn some money by myself at home too. My husband is also happy to see that I can earn the income and now we don’t have any argument as before.”
It costs $90AUD to provide sewing training, business and life skills to a Cambodian woman for a month. Become a Sewing Champion and change the life of a woman like Sanorb today.