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Waiting to see the changes

After coming to study in Bangladesh about almost 3 years, and I went home twice, but the first did not suprise me so much. However, after going for the second time, it was really surprise for me. Most of young girls in my community, they become indirect sex workers. I feel sorry for them. Other young girls drop from school. I was really sad to see that. I know it is hard to them to stay in school. They have to earn some money to support their family. Sometimes, I can't get to finish for my graduation. I want to do something about this. It has to have something done on this. I can't keep this situation to continue anymore. What can i do? I am far from my homecountry and home community right now. I really want to graduate soon, and to help women in community, to pull them out from these situation.

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Umme Mahbuba's picture

You can bring changes

Hi Phasy,
It is really great to here form you but I am really sorry to hear the news. I really appreciated your thought and eagerness to help those women in you society, You can do project during summer vacation and before that you need to know and have a plan that how will you help them.
For this I have a suggestion for you. As you are in Bangladesh at Chittagong now, you can visit the NGO called YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) which is in Bangladesh at Chittagong. They have done and still doing some amazing and successful project on sex worker in Bangladesh. Go and talk with them and ask for research and project papers and see how they work to get some idea or making plan to do a project in your country. here is the web link http://www.ypsa.org/

Also, come and feel free to discuss with me, hope I can help you in this point as I know some of the people and the project manager of sex worker in YPSA.

love and hugs
Umme

Sarvina's picture

Hi Phasy, Nice to see you

Hi Phasy,

Nice to see you here! I'm also Cambodian and I think we understand our country's issue well. You know now everywhere in our country is being rapidly developed as notice but the increase of sex workers who have been brought to the neighbor countries is also high and most of them are from the rural areas in our country. As one of Cambodian people, we always care about this issue which is increasing from day to day. I'm sure that you are a good role model for Cambodian and for me too. I'm really so sorry that i'm in Cambodia but have nothing to help them to avoid all these problems.

Anyways, many NGOs and government have been working so hard to recover these problems out and we are Cambodians should corporate with them to stop all these problem. I just start working so my experience and education are still so low to stop it but I have mind and heart and action to participate all activities which are focused on the poverty, gender based violent, sex trafficking and many else...and I'm so proud of you that you have chance to pursue your education in Bangladesh..after your graduation, you will come back with the great honor and bring a change to our country and help those people in Cambodia.

I'm just a simple lady and working for the bank and volunteering at NGO and I hope I will have a great time to learn from you. Wish you success with your study and come back soon!!!

Kind Regards,
Sarvina Kang
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

thanks

Dear Sarvina

I can tell that your English is very good. I am very glad to know. I think we are the same, i am not much better than you at all. Please don't feel that i am much better than you because i study abroad. Surely, i will go back to your country and to work it, especially to empower women. We can hold each other hand and work together in order to impove our country. So, feel free that i am also one of your friend.
Please keep posting about the situation of women in Cambodia.

Best Wish
Phasy Res
Battambang, Cambodia

Sarvina's picture

Sure we are!

Hi Phasy!

Thanks so much for your compliment! It is great to hear you will come to work in Cambodia after you graduate from there. Of we can be friends and it is a joy to joining hands to help poor people in rural areas.

I suggest you to continue posting stories on PulseWire also and I also wanna know about your study and life at Bangladesh as well. Keep in touch.....

Take care,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

Hi Sarvina Ok I will try to

Hi Sarvina

Ok I will try to post in my journal. But I also want to know about the programme in International Organization that you have been working with them. All of them are women?

Warm Regard
Phasy

Sarvina's picture

ýeah it is great!

Hi Phasy,

I'm glad to read your post and it is interesting...well, my NGO i'm volunteering, we are working with women and our aim is to help to empower women and girl. Sometime I feel World Puse and Soroptimist have the same goal...is to help empower women worldwide. Of course, all of us are women and for our project in Cambodia is Breast Cancer Awareness. If you are interested to know more you can go to: www.siswp.org or www.soroptimistinternational.org

Thanks so much for interesting on my NGO work!

Best,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

I am sorry for replying to

I am sorry for replying to you alittle bit late. I am really interested in your NGOs. I have gone through the webpage, i haven't seen any internship opportunities. Is this NGOs offering any internship opportunities?

Warm Regard
Phasy

Sarvina's picture

Yeah it is ok! Well, maybe

Yeah it is ok! Well, maybe they haven't posted any internship opportunities there but you may be possible to get an internship if you are really interested. But must be sure that our NGO, everyone is happy to help the women and girls so no one gets the benefit such as salary or whatever but the real and true benefit is to gain our experience, knowledge, communication and empowerment. How have you been doing lately? Try your best for your bright future!

Regards,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

Dear Sarvina I know money is

Dear Sarvina

I know money is important, knowledge, communication and espiacally empowerment is more important than money. Since money we can earn after graduating. I feel that your NGO is working or improving women' health. So what is in the empowerment programme? Is it about microcredit or microfinance? I am eager to know more about the empowerment.

Warm Love
Phasy

Sarvina's picture

Yeh I totally agree,

Hi Phasy!

That's really true...yes MONEY is so important for human life but it is not worth like we are empowering s.o and it will be more value than money. Well, SI Phnom Penh is working to address women's issues and give them a new hope in their lives and we have many projects to empower women and girls. For our first project is Breast Cancer Awareness which our target is to help to cure Breast Caner Women who are so poor and they don't have money to cure their breast cancer. As we know, breast cancer treatment is so expensive and no poor people can take treatment at the hospital even Public Hospital so my NGO has helped the poor women who has positive with this cancer.

Of course, my NGO is not like a microfinance but we have helped the poor young girls go to school with offering them some of money to buy s.th or for their teachers only.

So this project is to help poor girls to study...as you know..even we are a clever / good / out standing student but if we have no money then education won't come to us and I am really proud of you and other some Khmers that you all have a great chance to study at AUW. You know I got a scholarship at Public University in our country but as my family was so poor in that time and I couldn't have much money to offer them as they always asked me to buy s.th or this / that...as I already got a scholarship but actually everything was charged so I had to force my heart and mind to drop study there. Luckily, one private university, he is a school director and he is so kind to me...I always get a full or half scholarship there and yeah now I am studying Master with his kindness I have already been in the middle of my way..

I'm always happy with everything you have asked!!! Keep trying hard there....bright future is in front of you:) Have a wonderful weekend there!!!

Regards,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

Dear Sarvina I am also from a

Dear Sarvina

I am also from a poor family, i can feel about teachers take money from students. It is true about how clever or outstanding students, they have to give money to teachers or buy some paper that teachers sell in class. I just got a luck that AUW selected me. I am not good at English at all at that time. They selected me because of my ambition who always want to help women in Cambodia who are underprivillage as me to have opportunitesi to get higher education. If there is internship in your NGO, can you please let me know. There is an apportunity to study at Columbia University in U.S, you should apply for that.

Keep post on me
Phasy

Sarvina's picture

Yeah I think this problem may

Yeah I think this problem may occurs everywhere in the world but it is just up to individual. Well, you are good and your English is being improved alot. You vision is clear and strong and i am sure you will get your dream one day as you are also inspiring and empowering young women in Cambodia much. It is your best luck and ability to develop your village when you come back, and I am also happy to know you sister!

Of course, SIPP is welcoming you if you are really interesting. And yes there are many NGOs are welcoming and waiting you, it is not only SIPP. Hey...dear thanks so much for sharing this scholar info to me. I will try for it...Have a wonderful weekend:)

Best Wishes,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

Will NGOs choose because, I

Will NGOs choose because, I don't have much experience. Thank you for encourage me. I know you are a good daughter, citizen and supporter. Are you orinigated in Phnom Penh or other provinces? I can tell that your English is very good, and the your writing is powerful. what is the situation about raping and crime in our country?

Warm Regard
Phasy

Sarvina's picture

Why you said you dont have

Why you said you dont have experience? Sure you have and it is so amazing, no worry you will have a good job when you come back. You can bring your experience in learning there to share students in Cambodia. And I think you have known something well related with NGO work and yes you will be able to work after you graduate there.

Of course I came from Province too and just all family has moved to dwell in Phnom Penh only. I have come here since I was young. My parents decided to come to Phnom Penh coz they could easily sell s.th to raise me with their both hands and I am so gratefull to my parents as they have tried so hard to raise me and have never plamed me anything, esp. they have given task to me is To study Not Housework. I am so proud to be born as their daughter:)

Well, thanks so much for your kind words! English is not too easy to study and I wish I could use it 50% so it should be enough for me to communicate or converse. Thus I am trying to learn it more and more....

Sometime I don't want to say s.th or polictic related with our country in public. Anyways, everything in our Country is being developed. Rape and Cripe have still occured in provinces, esp. in rural areas. But during these 2 months, many crimes have been occured by the robberers who robbed people's houses in PP and also some provinces. They killed people so cruel. Some cruel people rapped the women and killed them! A women who died in the hotel near my house was killed by a ganster who rapped her then killed her...he is so cruel and asshole has no brain to kill people lives.

You can email me though it or this PulseWire. And I wish I could have your email too:)

Regards,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

phasy's picture

i have sent you an e-mail do

i have sent you an e-mail do you get it?????
I think because of poverty and drug which make our society to become like that.

Best wish
Phasy

phasy's picture

Dear Umme

Dear Umme

Thank you for your kidness, I want to have a discussion with you in person.

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