"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."
— John Whitehead
Thank you so much for your interest in sponsoring a girl from the SHE Rescue Home in Cambodia.
We are always excited to connect with others who love helping to make a difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves. Sponsorship of a girl in the SHE Rescue Home means a future, a hope and an opportunity for her to see dreams reached and her family restored. Your sponsorship makes a way for this to unfold in a child's life. While you may never know her name or see her face, she still matters. PLEASE NOTE - None of the names used are the girls real names. Their names have been changed to protect their identity.
A girls sponsorship goes towards her 24 hour care, ongoing medical expenses, counselling costs, education, vocational training, food and clothing. As you can imagine this adds up considerably and therefore we encourage sponsors to contribute to a girl's sponsorship rather than taking on the whole sponsorship of one girl. This may mean a number of people may contribute to the overall costs of each girl.
The monthly sponsorship we leave entirely up to you, but it can be as little as $10 a month. You have the opportunity to sponsor either a girl who is currently residing in the SHE Home, Transition Home, or girls who have been safely reintegrated back into their communities.
Once you decide to move forward with sponsorship, we will send you a sponsorship card of a girl you have chosen. On this card is a non-identifying photo (for confidentiality reasons), a small outline of likes and dislikes as well as her ambitions and dreams. To also aid in keeping you updated with her progress we will send you quarterly updates on how she is going.
Category 1 - Girls in the High Care Security Home
This high security home is where a girl will first come in to our care. Security is important because most girls are in court proceedings against their perpetrators who may try to reach them to convince them not to testify.In this home she has her own counsellor and social worker, who as a team work towards seeing her restored and a safe reintegration back to her immediate or extended family. She shares room with up to 5 other girls who have carer to love and “care “ for them with their physical and emotional needs.Schooling is a combination of in house with teacher and attending a private school. PLEASE NOTE - None of the names used are the girls real names. Their names have been changed to protect their identity.
Category 2 - Girls in the Transition Home "Home of Hope"Our Transition Home - "Home of Hope" is a more traditional Khmer style home six girls are cared for. This is a home where there is no security and girls are able to ride their bikes to school and in the streets. They attend a local school and continue on regular family visits as they work towards a safe reintegration. Her journey with the counsellor has finished by this stage but remains available as needed. She continues to work closely with her social worker as she and her family are prepared for reintegration. Education about safety is a big part of this. PLEASE NOTE - None of the names used are the girls real names. Their names have been changed to protect their identity.
Disability Care HomeBirthed from a need for the specialised care of one of our girls who has both physical and intellectual disabilities, this home is specifically set up to cater for girls with disabilities who have been trafficked, raped, or are at risk of these things. The home involves one-on-one care with a house mother who has received extra training in working with people with disabilities. The home is also centred around a routine, specialised activities and the input of a physiotherapist. The home is filled with music in the mornings to bring a bright start to every day, and the days are packed full of activities and fun. PLEASE NOTE - None of the names used are the girls real names. Their names have been changed to protect their identity.
Category 3 - Reintegrated Girls
When a girl has been reintegrated back home to her family and community we continue to support her and her family with regular social work visits that decrease over the next three years. She goes home with a bicycle to enable her to ride to her local school or workplace. She takes a phone to keep in touch with her social worker and to use for if she ever feels unsafe. She also takes home a sewing machine or other vocational training equipment if she has studied a trade. For girls who have learnt to sew this allows her to continue making products in our Family Assistance Program and we are able to pay her fair trade wages for her work. PLEASE NOTE - None of the names used are the girls real names. Their names have been changed to protect their identity.
Her sponsorship also covers the cost of her schooling and education for a minimum of three years after leaving our care. Education is important to not just empower her for her future, but so she can be kept safe by not being placed in vulnerable situations where she can be exploited by being sent to work at a young age. Assistance is often given to the family in the way of home rebuilds or repairs to make their homes safe and secure, a toilet installed for hygiene and safety reasons, and a well for access to clean water if needed. These building projects are undertaken by teams of men who raise the money to complete the projects. The men complete these builds in one week and do all this for the cost of $5000.
Some families also remain a part of our Family Assistance Program making armbands and gift bags if they are struggling to find employment or to support their family. Your support of a reintegrated girl covers these costs as well as sacks of rice when the family are struggling financially. If you would like to make an extra Christmas donation for her family for us to purchase extra food, clothing, livestock, or to contribute to a house build / repair, please contact us through our website contact form.