Throughout the Month of May we are looking for 30 Sponsors!
Imagine a seed and that seed is a young girl growing up in poverty in Cambodia.
Given the chance to blossom, she has the potential to change the world.
But the likelihood is, she will face many obstacles in either being able to go to school or remain past primary school.
When we founded AusCam Freedom Project our mission was to provide a safe home and programs for young women and girls who had experienced trauma in their lives because of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Our Transitions Life Home operated for 4 years and cared for many young girls each with their own sad story.
It was hearing those stories over and over again that inspired us to want to do things differently.
Firstly, I want to share one of those stories with you:
Marnie* (Not her real name) is from a large family of 11 children who come from a very impoverished village in northern Cambodia. Her parents worked as seasonal labourers and sadly used alcohol and gambling as a way of coping with life’s adversities. They were in debt and had no fixed home.
When Marnie was 12 years old her mother was approached by a female villager who explained that a fruit seller was looking for staff and that money would be provided as a salary. The woman told her that she would need to take out a loan to pay for her daughter to go and work for the fruit seller. Marnie’s mother agreed as they were desperate for money. Consequently, she was taken out of school and handed over to the villager.
Unfortunately, Marnie’s mother was tricked by this woman who was acting as a trafficking broker which sadly is all too common in poor Cambodian villages.
Marnie had been sold for sex. She was 12 years old.
We heard many stories like Marnie’s over those 4 years. We didn’t want to continue to hear stories after situations like this had already occurred. We wanted their stories to be different. We wanted to do something to PREVENT situations like Marnie's before it happened.
In response to this we changed our whole focus of our organisation and developed our
Freedom Education Scholarship Program for at Risk Girls.
Our move from rescue and restoration to prevention using education as a tool emerged because of our strong conviction that when girls are educated a transformation begins.
We partner with Government Schools and Communities from urban poor communities to find those girls who are at risk of dropping out from the school system because of poverty and the expectation placed on them to work to contribute to the families income.
We are currently working with 5 schools and have 125 girls who are currently safe, supported and empowered through our education scholarships, life skills and personal development workshops, family support, counselling and a Rice Project. For these young girls, they now have stories of hope, stories of a new future.
As part of our Scholarship Program we invite people to partner with us by supporting an individual girl on our program through sponsorship.
For $35 per month, you can also be part of a young girls dream for a hopeful future. You will be matched to a young girl, receive a profile outlining her first name, age a little about her family and importantly what her dreams are for her future.
You can send her letters of encouragement and she will also write back to you. The girls love to make cards at special times of the year to send to their sponsors. It is a wonderful opportunity to witness how you can make a difference in someone else’s life for such a small amount. $1.15 per day.
Will you make a difference in a young girl’s life so they will never have to experience a tragic situation like Marnie?
We currently have 30 girls who are waiting to be sponsored.. She would love to hear from you!
To learn more about our Sponsorship Program and to complete and application
PROTECTION & EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION, MENTORING & LIFE SKILLS
AusCam Freedom Project believes girls should be 'taught not trafficked'.
You can set a girl free by sponsoring her education here: