Cambodia Mighty Girl - U.S. College Fund
Organized by: Eddie Carter
It all started 10 years ago, when The Carters of Snohomish, WA headed to Cambodia with a soccer ball and a dream to fight for women’s rights and share the love of Christ with Cambodian girls. Fast forward 10 years later, and one of the girls they met through the years, Socheata, is now in the United States with a big goal - to help give women a voice within government, since many are not currently given the opportunity.
Since 2008, Eddie and Kari Carter have been taking premier female soccer players ages 12 to 16 to Cambodia to share their soccer skills and compassion with girls who have been rescued from human-trafficking, raised in orphanages, and living on the streets in Cambodia. The players came together from competing soccer clubs including Washington Rush, Tynecastle FC, FC Alliance, Snohomish United, NW Nationals and Fuerza to form one team that wanted to make a difference.
The country of Cambodia is a developing nation that has suffered through severe poverty and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge. Just a few years ago, girls were excluded from playing soccer in Cambodia. Through the work of U.S. youth soccer girls visiting Cambodia and the work of several in-country NGOs who use soccer as a tool for female empowerment, Cambodia has seen a rise in the popularity of the sport amongst young girls and the development of an official women's soccer program. The Washington State soccer players work with local NGOs to teach advanced soccer skills to the Cambodian girls each summer and to help break the cycle of the treatment of women in their country.
Socheata met the Carters in 2010. She grew up living in a landmine contaminated village with no running water, no electricity and up until recently, no high school. She was about to be married to a much older and very mean man in her village. Through her hard work and soccer ability (and persuading her parents to stop the wedding), Socheata became the first person in her family to complete high school. Socheata learned English, became a soccer coach, and is a role model for other girls in her community.
“I was inspired by the US female soccer players and all the work they were doing in my country to help girls like me,” said Socheata. “I knew when I grew up I wanted to find a way to help other girls.”
“When I look back over the past 10 years, I can now see how God used my family and the groups of U.S. girls to begin changing a nation”, said Eddie Carter. “To have Socheata in the U.S. studying to be a lawyer is such a proud and exciting time for all of us.”
Socheata arrived in the U.S. in August to attend Northwest University. Her first semester expenses are covered and funds are now being raised for future years of schooling and housing. She is being supported by people who want to help her make a difference in Cambodia. If you have a heart for women’s rights and would like to help support Socheata’s education in the U.S. please give towards the completion of her education. All funds go directly to Northwest University for Socheata’s tuition, room and board.