Training for jobs in tourism and raising awareness on human rights

 
 
Organization

Agir pour le Cambodge

Country

Cambodia

Thematic area

Education and training

Duration

2012-2014

 
 
  • The social worker supports young girls' families to register them for the training programme
    The social worker supports young girls' families to register them for the training programme
  • Agir pour le Cambodge reaches out to students from vulnerable communities and makes regular family visits.
    Agir pour le Cambodge reaches out to students from vulnerable communities and makes regular family visits.
  • Sala Baï students practice client relations before their internship
    Sala Baï students practice client relations before their internship

The context

30% of the Cambodian population lives below the poverty line. Half the population is comprised of children and youth under the age of 20, who often enter the labor market with minimal qualifications. The growth of tourism in Cambodia has created job opportunities in the high-end hospitality sector for skilled laborers.

 
 

The project

Agir pour le Cambodge founded the hospitality school Sala Bai in Siem Riep to provide free one-year vocational training for careers in hospitality and catering to young people from highly disadvantaged backgrounds.

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL partnered with Agir pour le Cambodge to support the one-year vocational training of 40 students at Sala Bai  The students received complementary tuition, room, and board and received professional integration support following graduation from the program.

Additionally, two Chanel employees supported the organization to define a PR strategy to increase visibility of its efforts among the general public in France.

The results

  • All of the 40 students supported via partnership with Fondation CHANEL found employment after graduating from the program.
  • Monitoring of graduates shows that after 3 or 4 years of work, they earn between $250 and $300, while the minimum wage in Cambodia is $80.
  • The sustainability of the project is also provided by the financial commitment of alumni.

 
 

The partner

Founded in 1985, Agir pour le Cambodge aims to reduce poverty and to fight against human trafficking through the establishment of vocational training and education programs. The Sala Bai Hotel School was established in 2002 and annually trains one-hundred students.

 
 
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