In 2015, Srey Roth arrived at the SHE Rescue Home at just 12 years old. Over the past 2 and a half years, we've walked closely with her family in order to work towards a safe and stable home she may reintegrate to. This work has even included building a home, as her father and mother have struggled significantly due to the loss of their son. Initially her parents were turning to alcohol in order to cope, but have since committed to making their home alcohol free. We are committed to seeing Srey Roth reintegrated soon and are hoping it can occur by the end of this year if the family continues to display healthy coping mechanisms concerning their grief. Unfortunately, her father was recently rushed to hospital for emergency appendix removal. We have been able to cover some of the surgical costs but we are still in need of an additional $600 for hospital expenses and recovery costs. We are asking for support with these necessary costs to ensure her family is healthy, able to safely provide for themselves, and Srey Roth may soon return home!
A great way for you to partner and see not only the life of a girl changed but that of her entire family is to donate in part or full to one of the following urgent project needs.
The information below will give you a greater understanding in how your giving is an integral part of the solution in breaking the cycle of poverty.
As our social work team partner with the families of girls in our care they encounter a variety of challenges that these families face day after day that keep the family in unhealthy, unstable and unsafe living conditions.
For instance, if they do not have access to sanitary living conditions, safe drinking water and a healthy diet, they are constantly sick and lacking energy . This often means they find it difficult to keep regular, well paid jobs and spend much of the money they do have on medication. Without work they live in financial insecurity and are forced to live in sub standard living conditions with a poor diet, and the cycle continues. Furthermore their children have very little option but to help subsidise their parent’s income by working themselves and this means they don’t attend school or training and often find themselves in vulnerable situations - thus the cycle becomes not only day-by-day but also generational.
To turn the tide on this downward spiral of poverty is almost impossible without assistance.
The items listed below are ways in which you can tangibly help turn a family’s downward spiral, into an upward one. Whether it’s providing a small business start-up for a family to increase their monthly income, a water well for safe drinking water, a toilet for safer and more sanitary living, or a house and plot of land so that a family can escape a highly dangerous and detrimental living circumstance, these donations are vital pieces of the restorative puzzle and our reintegration process.
We thank you for being their answer and giving them a hand up to break this cycle!
In all of the projects that are sponsored for our families we want to ensure that they are delivered well, with the highest quality materials and in the timeliest manner. There are some challenges however that we like our sponsors to know in case these challenges causes delays to the project delivery. Sourcing skilled labourers and materials can prove difficult and scheduling appropriate training and social workers to implement the project also varies in time depending on the case. Even something such as a family crisis during the implementation can cause delays.
These challenges certainly won’t prevent the project being completed and we will endeavour to keep you updated throughout the journey. If such a delay occurs we ask for your patience as we partner with the families in need and work through them together.
*If excess funds are received they may be applied to other approved project activities.
Srey Roth's father needed emergency surgery
The camera belonging to the SHE Home has unfortunately stopped working, and is a vital component to our operations and ability to tell stories of survivors that matter. This camera has acted as a bridge connecting survivors in our care to you, our followers and supporters, and has captured countless beautiful memories through the years. Not only has it connected the girls in our care to you, it has provided survivors and families with printed memories of their time in the SHE Rescue Home following reintegration they wouldn't have otherwise to hang onto and mark moments of transformation. We are sad to say goodbye to this camera as it has assisted in our storytelling for 3 years, and are asking our supporters for help as we have a real and urgent need to replace it. We would love to invite you to partner with us in any capacity to assist in this purchase so we may, together, continue sharing stories that matter further and wider for the sake of justice and our fight against human trafficking.
A business for Channy's* family
Channy* came to the SHE Rescue Home when she was just 6 years old after being sexually exploited in her community. The perpetrator paid off her family, but her grandmother continued to report the exploitation to the police. Her community also supported the perpetrator, helping him to run away from authorities. Despite his running, he’s been convicted and will be sentenced to 8 years in jail when he is caught. Channy’s* mother and father were working in Thailand, and prior to arriving at the SHE Rescue Home, Channy* was living with her grandmother who she continues to see regularly. Channy’s* parents have since returned to Cambodia, as a local NGO generously built a new house for her family. Her parents do not wish to continue working in Thailand and want nothing more than for their family to reunite and their daughter to be able to come home. Channy* has expressed she misses her family as well and wishes to be reunited with them.
In order to make this reintegration happen, the goal for every girl in our care, we must secure stable word for Channy’s* parents. Her parents have been working for her uncle who owns a successful restaurant. Just recently, her uncle offered to sell this business to their family for $750. This is an incredible opportunity for the family as owning this business would localize the family’s income and prevent any further travel to Thailand in search of work. It would provide a means to build a safe and sustainable future with consistent work, a livable wage, and the opportunity for Channy* to return safely to the care of her own parents.
We are deeply excited by what this restaurant could mean for Channy and the future of her family. Thank you for considering to partner for the $750 for this family, so they may begin building a future of hope together rather than apart; a future of peace rather than fear.
Vocational Training for Danet
Danet* came into our care in May 2017 after being deemed at risk by local authorities due to her family living on the streets and her being left largely unsupervised by her mother. Her mother works as a garbage collector, however, she does not make a consistent wage and what she does make is not enough to cover rental expenses for a home for the family. Her father passed away about 8 years ago and her mother remarried. Her stepfather is currently in jail for drug use, therefore cannot contribute to the family’s income. Due to the limited wages her mother was earning, Danet* and her family lived on the streets where they found shelter under a bridge.
During this time, Danet* and her sisters were also exposed to pornography by the owner of a local internet cafe. This type of behavior from the café owner is known as "grooming." It serves to desensitize the girls to sexual images and experiences making it easier for an adult to later manipulate the children and exploit them. Sadly, due to this grooming, her two younger sisters were sexually exploited by western men.
Freshening up the SHE Home
Like any home with many active children, the SHE Rescue Home is in need of some upkeep!
We have been at this current home for the past 7 years and we value offering the girls a place that is both safe and warm to call home, so quality is of utmost importance to us. Several rooms within the home are in desperate need of a new coat of paint, especially the school room where girls are gathering to learn everyday.
Providing an environment that aesthetically contributes to their healing process and a place that may provide peace and calm is of utmost importance to us. By supporting painting the SHE Rescue Home, you are providing the girls with a home that is highly valued and cared for; a message we’re passionate about delivering through every avenue of healing and restoration.
We presently need $1,000 to paint the inside of the home. Thank you in advance for supporting these precious girls with a valued, well looked after and safe home.
4x4 Vehicle for Family Visits
Part of our holistic care is our commitment to ensure that the girls in the care of the SHE Rescue Home maintain a close relationship with their families with regular family visits back home. Our girl’s families are spread all over Cambodia, and this means a lot of driving and miles on our vehicle. With our social workers visiting the families of 44 girls (this includes reintegrated girls that we visit and assist for a minimum of 3 years), our social workers are regularly going to every province in Cambodia!
With the roads in Cambodia not being in great condition this means driving for many hours over roads with large potholes and many unsealed roads. Our current 4WD has been slowly dying and has been spending more time in the repair shop than on the road that means we have to hire a replacement vehicle which is very costly.
To not only save money on vehicle hire but to ensure the safety, security and family connections for the girls in the SHE Rescue Home we are in need of a new 4WD!
Your contribution to this vehicle will allow for the continued wellbeing of the girls in the SHE Home and allow us to provide financial, emotional and practical support to them and their families.
The cost for this project is approx $50,000 (US)
Emergency medical treatment
Many girls and their families come from the province with no life skills education or training and are often sick for various reasons, ranging from consuming unclean foods and water to contracting diseases through mosquitoes. Some common illnesses our families deal with are tuberculosis, typhoid, food poisoning,mosquito born illnesses, skin conditions, diabetes, reproductive health issues and infections from untreated injuries. Medical centres are scarce in the provinces and families often borrow money to travel to Phnom Penh for proper treatment. This leads to financial stress as they build up interest and are unable to work to pay off the loan while they are being treated. By donating towards emergency medical treatment, it can alleviate financial stress and can help a family get back on their feet without worrying about debt. The cost of emergency medical treatment starts from $300 that covers the consultation and treatment, transport to and from the province, overnight accommodation if needed and food.
Support the SHE girl’s healing process by providing extra training of her counsellor and social worker.
Our incredible Khmer staff constantly look to improve their skills so that they can provide the best possible care and support for the girls. Sokha is one of our social workers, that works diligently to find safe and healthy reintegration options for the girls she works with. She also ensures that girls who have already been reintegrated continue to be safe, thriving and working towards a bright future. She would love to attend further training to increase her knowledge and skills in parenting training, mental health training, child protection training, trauma training, mental health training and/or sexual assault counselling training, so that this can be passed on to the girls and families she works with.
The cost of this training course including training materials is $300.
The goal for the SHE Rescue Home is always for the girls in our care to be safely reintegrated to their family. There are many factors that are considered before a girl can go home. To assist in ensuring their safety we provide reintegration packs that includes
The total cost of a reintegration pack is $550