Built upon the best
practices from GSC’s Tanzania and Thailand HIV/AIDS Programs, a
two-day Health Education Workshop pilot project was launched in
Phnom Penh in July 2011. After this successful pilot, the
workshop is now being expanded to a four-day program and is
scheduled to be offered along with follow up activities
throughout the year. The next series of workshops will take place
between January 10 - 27, providing GSC volunteer students and
professionals an opportunity to give back to those in need during
winter breaks and holiday vacations.
GSC is collaborating with a partner organization in Cambodia that
serves 1,400 street children aged 11-13 in Phnom Penh. The
organization currently runs 14 youth centers with plans to
establish new centers that will accommodate even more children in
need. Providing education, support and mid-day meals, these
centers offer children from poor families a safe space for
healthy growth and development, as well as an opportunity to
engage in academic, art, and enrichment activities such as music,
educational play and dance.
GSC volunteers assist in enriching all aspects of life for these
children in need, including teaching them essential English
skills that can lead to opportunities that would otherwise not be
open to them. During the Health Education Workshops and follow up
activities, GSC will be providing vital training to the children
who attend these centers. Based on a needs assessment of the
local communities in Phnom Penh, GSC’s Health Education Workshops
will focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention, drug and alcohol
abuse awareness, and issues related to domestic violence.
Individuals interested in assisting with the preparation and
implementation of the upcoming January workshops can apply for
the December 19th or January 2nd start date for the HIV/AIDS
Prevention Education Program. Volunteers will receive a week of
cultural orientation, Khmer lessons and technical training upon
arrival in Cambodia prior to assisting with the workshops.
Opportunities are available before and after the 4-day workshops
to teach English as well as contribute to the planning and
follow-up activities necessary to transform this new program into
a sustainable project that will provide generations of Cambodian
children with the skills and knowledge to lead healthy lives and
attain bright futures.
Click on the pictures to the left to watch a video from our pilot