We’re very proud to announce that the Cambodia Rural School Trust NGO is launching a brand new project - PROJECT G, as in G for Girls!! Our new project is focused on bringing women’s health education and sustainable feminine hygiene solutions to girls in rural Cambodia.
Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation. Without basic hygiene education and sanitation, rural girls often miss many days of school, ultimately dropping out. Partnering with Days for Girls, we will provides a safe, beautiful, washable, and long-lasting alternative — along with vital health education. In less than 10 years, Days for Girls have reached one million girls and women in over 100 countries - and through Project G, we will be bringing this empowering program to rural Cambodia.
The elements of CRST’s program are as follows -
> CRST formed a project team to lead and manage all aspects of Project G and deliver the Days for Girls program - the leadership team comprises of 6 university students, 4 girls and 2 boys, and a program coordinator based in Australia
> CRST’s Project G Team has undergone specific training in how to educate women and girls about how to use the DfG Kits, promote menstrual health awareness and education and talk about women’s value in communities around the world.
> Days for Girls have appointed CRST as its partner in Siem Reap
> The team has become accredited trainers with Days for Girls, empowering them to share their knowledge with confidence and relevant collateral
> CRST has been approved by the Education Ministry in Cambodia to conduct feminine hygiene workshops in schools in Siem Reap Province
> By empowering the Project G team to share their knowledge with girls in the countryside, we will personify the power of education - bright students from poor rural families bringing the power of education back to their rural communities.
> The feminine hygiene kits will be distributed for free to all high school girls who join our workshops. Our kits are made of materials that will last up to 5 years and follow-up workshops will ensure on-going interaction and support.
> The kits will be sewn by a social enterprise sewing workshop in Siem Reap which employs women from recent high-risk situations including human trafficking and domestic violence. The women are taught sewing skills and empowered to become a pillar of their families and an inspiration to their children.
> Project G is a social-enterprise with all funds used for materials, sewing and program delivery costs - the CRST team are all volunteers
> Project G will launch in July and we aim to deliver 1000 kits in our first year!!
If you’d like to change lives by educating and empowering girls in rural Cambodia, we’d love to have you join our journey!!
Thank you Jan Evans and Burgess Group for sponsoring the making of 1,000 kits and getting us on our way with this life changing project!!