Many young people in communities surrounding Siem Reap do not have access to public schooling because their families are unable to purchase uniforms, books and other necessary materials. Access to education was virtually eliminated during the Cambodian Genocide in 1975 and has since been slowly rebuilding. Siem Reap has also undergone a boom in the tourism industry; income that has yet to reach the surrounding underserviced communities and local people due to lack of affordable certifications and training available. Because of this, there is a cycle of poverty in the region that has been difficult to break. New Hope provides free education and training in relevant subjects to prepare students for careers in the tourism industry.
Your donation will help expand the New Hope training restaurant and hospitality department, as well as provide scholarships and important supplies for the new trainees.
New Hope Cambodia Outreach Centre is a community centre in Siem Reap that provides free education, training and counselling to young people in the surrounding area. In addition to traditional subjects like English, Math, Health & Hygiene and Physical Education, New Hope Cambodia Outreach Centre incorporates vocational training in food preparation, cooking, hospitality, tour guiding, computer science, sewing, massage, and beauty therapy into their curriculum. The Outreach Centre provides access to social workers, counsellors, and family advisors to the community, and has drastically reduced the rate of domestic violence in the community since the program's inception. Planeterra has built the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, which trains marginalized people in the community hospitality skills to help them obtain new dignified job opportunities. G Adventures travellers visit the restaurant and all proceeds go back to support the free school and health care system that New Hope manages, and subsidizes the outreach workers' salaries.