Every child needs to be prepared both emotionally and vocationally for life outside residential care.
We work hard to make sure that whenever a girl is ready to take the next step, she is able to set foot on the solid ground of freedom. Rapha International offers a variety of vocational training programs to provide our girls with the skills necessary for sustainable freedom as well as providing income-generating projects for their families. We also have several partnership projects to ensure every girl has the opportunity to pursue her dreams, whatever they may be. When you support Rapha, you help make those dreams a reality.
Girls at our aftercare campuses who join the sewing program learn cutting, sewing, patternmaking, and even tailoring. Whether a girl chooses to sew clothes for people in her village, open her own business, or work for Rapha, she has both the skills and the confidence needed to pursue a better life.
Once a girl is ready to leave the aftercare campus, she is reintegrated and returns home if it is safe to do so. Many times, girls who graduated from the sewing program choose to continue sewing for us. Rapha gives these girls a sewing machine as well as any other tools needed to work from home. In addition, each girl signs a safety contract agreeing not to work at night or in exploitative situations and is assigned a social worker to help hold her accountable.
The items you purchase from the Rapha Freedom Store are more than beautiful handicrafts – they are an investment in freedom.
The Mushroom Project
You may not think mushrooms could bring hope to anyone, but you’d be surprised. Poverty is at the root of trafficking, and supplying families with real economic solutions helps keep them from becoming prey to traffickers. That’s where our mushroom farming project comes in.
Mushrooms are a staple of Asian cuisine and command a profit in the markets of both urban and rural Cambodia. We know how to cultivate mushrooms, and we know how to train others to grow them. At Rapha, we’ve trained many families to grow mushrooms, but we also take it a step further. We send families back to their villages with the equipment and supplies for cultivating mushrooms to sell in their local markets. These families are then equipped to provide an ongoing income for themselves which creates a stable environment for Rapha girls returning home. It’s just one example of the many innovative approaches that Rapha takes to combat trafficking.
You can help a family lay the foundation for financial freedom.
Other Partnership Projects
Rapha has also established several partnership projects in order to expand the opportunities available to our girls, including:
- Culinary arts
- Jewelry making
- Business training
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