Written by Sokleap, (SHE Project Coordinator) Muoyhim (Girls Club Mentor) & Leakna, (Career & Guidance Counselor)
Since being established in October 2017, our AusCam Girls Leadership Council (GLC) has continued to be the leaders in organizing inspiring events for our AusCam community of girls. From day to day, they are becoming role models, activists for gender equality, and importantly they are becoming great female ‘LEADERS’.
GLC members (in pink T-shirt) with AFP staff and traditional dance crews
Kanitha sharing her own experience with a group of girls.
From January to June this year, GLC had assisted us to design and implement two important events which were engaged and attended by hundreds of youth. While they would be the first to admit there were many challenges, each GLC young woman learned priceless experiences from what they achieved together.
For instance, Kanitha, who was selected by her GLC peers as their coordinator has done an incredible job leading her team. She has managed role play and dance protocols; ensured everyone was ready; gave a presentation on her own experiences reflecting girls/women issues to inspire other girls to study hard; led and coordinated with the whole team as well as many other preparation work. Being enrolled in our scholarship program in 2016, Kanitha was supported to graduate grade 12 and is now a 2nd year college student as well as interning at AusCam and studying English each evening. We’re proud of the amazing young woman she is.
Another GLC member, Dane, who always presented shy and lacking confidence to speak in front of others has now become a charming speaker. She took the role of hostess during our Khmer New Year celebration event with more than 500 students attending. Receiving guidance from staff as well as lots of rehearsal efforts by her own, she was able to speak with confidence and the audience was well-entertained.
A wonderful improvement indeed!
Dane planting a mangrove tree while attending an AusCam excursion trip
It has been very obvious to us here at AFP that all GLC girls are excited about their achievements and the opportunities to serve others in their community. What is even extra special for us to witness is that their experiences with us has now then led them to want to do more community service and just recently, 4 girls became volunteer organizers for The Global Tiger’s Day 2018 and Earth Hour Cambodia 2018.
One of our GLC young women, Sarem, expressed that;
“First, I felt nervous and feared to talk or work with other youths, but after these experiences I now know many potential young Cambodians which has given me a new network, team work experience, developing my communication skills, and learning about social issues, leadership and gaining self-confidence, and I received a certificate which is first achievement of my life. I will now do more volunteer works”.
These prove that our support such as caring relationships, mentoring, training, motivation, and our pure belief in their capacity, is paying off!
Say good bye to shyness and poor confidence, now everyone can be an MC, facilitator, presenter, dancer, and ultimately the ‘LEADERS’ who will make their community, if not the world, a better place.
We’ll be highlighting more specifically about our Girls Leadership Council members, so that you can get to know each of them more. So stay TUNED.
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MENTORING | EMPOWERMENT | LEADERSHIP
Sokleap, Muoyhim & Leakna.
SOKLEAP MUOYHIM LEAKNA
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