J1151N Sewing into Cambodia’s Future

Cambodia, Southeast Asia

The Situation

Globally 71% of victims of modern slavery are women according to the ILO[1]. One of the main reasons women get trafficked is because of poverty. Poverty is one of the single greatest predictors of vulnerability to trafficking[2]. In Cambodia as elsewhere, the pandemic has led to increased poverty and indebtedness. This means more Cambodians especially women and children, are at risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking as many households are facing a dramatic loss of income due to COVID-19.

The Objectives

The main objective of this project is to equip and empower vulnerable and at-risk women in Cambodia with the technical, business and social skills to excel in the export garment manufacturing industry through the provision of hands-on vocational training.

Avodah Manufacturing (Cambodia) works closely with local Cambodian social justice agencies who support vulnerable and trafficked women and provide counselling, education and health services. When these women are ready to be reintegrated into the community and take on full time employment, they require training and skills development in a nurturing, supportive work environment. This is what Avodah Manufacturing (Cambodia) offers. By providing garment sewing training, general skills and safe, supported employment, Avodah Manufacturing (Cambodia) empowers women and offers a path of hope to a radically different future.

Our training program is an intensive 18 month program designed for low literacy levels.

It covers:

  • Garment production training covering all phases of production and related equipment
  • Basic literacy
  • English language
  • Managing money
  • Health and Well-being
  • Personal goal setting
  • Cambodian labour laws and workers’ rights

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