Friday 19th February was the beginning of a new life for Siengley Din from the middle Village. He begins an apprenticeship as a Sewing Machine Mechanic in Phnom Penh. The business sells and repairs sewing machines. Siengley is sponsored through CHOICE by Lory and Max from Italy February 2016. We hope he succeeds, he is a gentle boy with a charming nature and well deserves this opportunity.
Three boys from our poor villages have begun their Mechanics apprenticeships with JVC in Phnom Penh, English is also taught. CHOICE have provided JVC with a Volunteer English Teacher but they need another, please contact CHOICE if you can help.
Accomodation is provided by JVC food and books etc. are not, these are paid through CHOICE by sponsorship of Lorin and Max from Italy.
Pictured top is Bou Pannha below left is Pannha, Sarith Laoheng, Vot Pannha and one of the teachers. The last picture is the kitchen area and safe storage lockers.
Experienced hairdressor and Salon operator Jackie Mathis from England, came to help us set up the CHOICE Haidressing Salon as well as give training support to our two apprentices for 10 days. Currently the girls Srey Pi and Phara attend the “Open Arms” training school for apprentice hairdressors. Its difficult to get enough volunteers for haircuts in P/Penh, so we used the Villagers and School children as volunteers to practice on. Many thanks Jackie the girls really appreciate your help.
Pictured from left in the first shot is Mariya, the Project 365 accommodation house Manager, with Srey Py and Phara from the Village in Kandal province.
We have just placed Srey Py (20) and Phara (17) with “Open Arms” for a twelve month Hairdressing and Beauty apprenticeship. Our girls will be given a hairdressing and Beauty Kit each for a seperate cost of around US$500 each, this provides all the necessary tools, solutions, dyes etc. The cost of the course is approximately US$250 for each girl not including the kits, and does not include the accommodation or food. This is all being sponsored by the Narrabeen Community NSW Australia.
At the end of the course these girls will be highly skilled and should be able to start their own business, again with help from CHOICE.
They are living nearby at our “Project 365″ accommodation center in Phnom Penh. We have provided them with bicycles, bedding, fans backpacks etc. they will also study English. We take them home at least once a month to visit their family.
Open Arms is a registered NGO in Cambodia and run by Australian founders Sandra & Grahame Wade. They also run courses in Housekeeping and Cooking. Open arms is an organisation that trains underprivileged and rescued young Cambodian people with practical skills, in a loving and caring environment.
Open Arms is beautifully set up with a Hairdressing Salon, Training Salon and The Haven Tea Room that serves food, drinks and home made cakes, if your in Phnom Penh you should drop by to sample their goodies.