While working to increase the skill set and ability of women in Kampot to earn a sustainable livelihood, I took some time out this week to visit the reason Dorsu exists.
Not only does Dorsu offer women a safe, creative, and empowering place to work, it’s profits contribute to the operation costs of Chumkriel Language School (CLS). Spending time at the learning centre, meeting the staff, the students, and hearing about all the wonderful things they are doing blew me away.
CLS began in 2005 when Mr Nget Sothy (current director), a Khmer teacher recognised the need for language and life skills education in the community. CLS is located amongst rice farms in the Chumkriel village, in Kampot, Southern Cambodia. Many families in the region can only afford to send their children to school for two years, have trouble accessing water and hygiene, and lack viable transport options.
CLS is open to anybody who wants to learn, and on top of that offers scholarships to assist with attending and conducts bus runs to pick up children who live too far away to walk. I was able to see first hand the hygiene, agricultural and nutritional programs CLS has in place, took a tour of the library, activities room and computer lab, whilst listening to a very lively English class in the background. The work this locally run organisation is doing is really addressing the needs of those who, for various reasons, cannot access the conventional education system.
Profits from the sale of the crocheted products made as a result of Wool for Women will be going to CLS, and I’m happy to announce that we will be working with CLS in the future to provide resources and assistance in their arts and crafts activities. The first batch of craft supplies will be delivered this week!
If you are interested in supporting CLS or volunteering your time, more info can be found at www.chumkriellanguageschool.org and www.dorsu.org.
Written by volunteer, Stacey