BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
EVENT DATE: Feb 28, 2012
Join the FUTURES global ride!
Spots are limited; 20 in all.
Fundraising goal: $5,500
reg. deposit (non-refundable): $500
ride dates: February 28 - March 9, 2012
Your donations have the power to rescue survivors and to prevent vulnerable women and children from falling prey to the sex trade. Every donation makes a difference.
Imagine the difference you could make by contributing a weekend’s worth of drinks - or a month’s worth of coffee.
$25 helps provide young survivors with computer training.
$30 is a gift of health to a young survivor - a crucial exam and blood test for a girl rescued.
$120 helps provide a survivor with a year’s worth of specialized training in weaving, sewing, or other vocational skills that will help her get a job and stay employed.
$360 per year will help keep rescued girls safe from violent offenders. Shelters are under constant threat from organized crime syndicates that run the brothels, and pimps who want to re-enslave the rescued girls. This donation covers a shelter’s security fees for one year per girl, and allows the girls to rebuild their lives in a secure, loving environment.
$500 provides a survivor with everything she needs to start her own business, including supplies and materials.
$1,000 pays the annual salary of a psychologist to provide counseling and rehabilitation to girls at a shelter in Southeast Asia. Removing a child from a brothel is not a solution in and of itself; your donation will provide the support survivors need to embark on the long and painful journey ahead.
$12,000 funds the annual salary of a full-time doctor who can provide regular medical treatment to survivors and help them heal the wounds of their victimization.
Get ready for an adventurous and life changing challenge with over 500km (310 miles) of cycling through Cambodia, and a chance to witness first hand the amazing work of Somaly Mam and AFESIP in shelters to support victims of human trafficking.
The ride involves approximately seven days of cycling on a varied route that provides plenty of contrasting sights along the way, starting with our very first day's cycling in the countryside outside of Phnom Penh and riding down to the beachside port city of Sihanoukville.
Leaving this coastal town behind, you will have a challenging morning's cycling as we tackle some undulating terrain before we hit the sleepy town of Kampot. The next day we head towards another beachside town of Kep Sur Mer before taking a short boat ride out to Rabbit Island, a tiny island where a few local families live making their living from fishing and growing coconut trees.
Northward bound and away from the coast, we go back to Phnom Penh and spend a night in the city before we take off again and follow the mighty Mekong river to the city of Kampong Cham. Our last two days sees us cycle through the countryside and to the fabulous ruined temple of Beng Melea, and then hopping onto a bus and set our sites on Cambodia's rich cultural mecca of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat, an incredible city built between 9-13th Centuries, was lost to the outside world for over 500 years. We explore through the main temples of Angkor by bike and take in the splendor of this world heritage site. There will also be an optional ride to Banteay Srei, the temple of women or, if you prefer, you can spent the afternoon exploring the incredible temples at your own leisure.
Your second to last day in Siem Reap will visit one of the AFESIP shelters, another emotional and impactful experience. This trip also coincides with International Women's Day on March 8 2012, and you will be fortunate enough to get a chance to partake in the feastivities organised in Cambodia for this very special event. Refer to this years' events here: internationalwomensday.org.
Siem Reap is a lively place to end what will have been an amazing trip, and no doubt there will be celebration.
PROJECT FUTURES global and RAW Travel have created the trip to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation, dedicated to the eradication of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery in Southeast Asia and worldwide and the empowerment of its survivors.
Join the adventure today and help raise funds to create a world where women and children are safe from slavery.