Sign Up Now for January 2014 Tour of Cambodia

Join Holt partner Friendship with Cambodia on a tour to learn about life, culture and the needs of children we serve in Cambodia! The tour will run from December 30, 2013 to January 11, 2014, and all funds raised will go to support programs for woman and children in Cambodia.

Friendship with Cambodia (FWC) is a nonprofit organization based in Holt’s hometown of Eugene, Oregon. FWC provides humanitarian aid to families and children impacted by a legacy of violence and oppression in Cambodia. Instead of creating dependence on foreign aid, however, FWC strives to empower and create self-reliance. Since their founding in 1992, FWC has helped landmine victims and poor women in Cambodia market their handicrafts in the U.S. They also started a sponsorship program for Cambodian children to attend school.

FWC is now partnering with Holt on two exciting projects in Cambodia – educational sponsorship for children, and a program to support struggling single mothers in an impoverished region of Kampot province. Here, poverty and domestic violence have become endemic. Children who live in impoverished families are more susceptible to becoming child laborers, especially in single parent, female-headed homes. Many families struggle to meet their children’s needs, and children often miss school – or drop out entirely – to help their families earn income.

To help strengthen families in this region, Holt helps provide women with the skills and resources needed to earn income and support their families – allowing their children to stay in school, and empowering women to become leaders in their families and communities.

In partnership with FWC, Holt Cambodia is also empowering children through educational sponsorship! In five provinces, Holt provides educational support for junior and high school students – helping them afford private classes, buy school materials, and pay health care expenses. In Phnom Phenh, Holt is also helping high school graduates from impoverished rural areas to continue their studies at universities in Phnom Penh City. This project has helped many students complete their university education and find good jobs in professional sectors.

About The Tour:

“This socially responsible trip allows you to experience traveling abroad in a way that benefits the local people. You will go beyond the tourist sites and learn more about life in Cambodia by visiting our humanitarian projects. We’ll spend time in a rural village. You will eat in restaurants that are training and empowerment programs for former street children, visit fair trade craft shops that employ landmine survivors trained as artisans, and will stay in locally owned hotels that treat their staff well and prohibit sex tourism.

In addition to visiting tourist sites such as magnificent Angkor Wat, you will meet people who are transforming their lives and communities, including women’s self-help groups. A portion of your trip fee will be donated to the projects we visit. When you return home, you will know that you did something to help people in Cambodia.” – Friendship with Cambodia

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