The Mountain Girl Program with GOPhil partners ODA in Cambodia is now in full swing and students are very excited to begin classes for garment making. ODA Founder Leng has identified a qualified sewing trainer who agreed to begin classes for the girls and four sewing machines have arrived. Once trained and producing quality garments, the girls will be paid per article and they will be able to give this money to their families, thus reducing the weight of continuing education on the family, rather than leaving school to start work at age twelve. In Cambodian culture it is the responsibility of all family members over 12 years old to help support the family. The mission of the ODA’s Mountain Girl Program is to provide education to girls living in remote regions lacking easy access to school. Girls admitted to the program are offered schooling, accommodations and basic needs, alongside the opportunity to learn sewing as an additional skill. ODA founder Leng hopes that when the sewing project is in full swing, it will offer a means to support the program as a whole.
The capital funds for this amazing project has been made possible through generous contributions from GOPhilanthropic Foundation donors.