BENEFITING: FACE-TO-FACE PROJECT INC
During the Georgia Tech MBA study abroad trip to Asia, some students added on a side trip to Cambodia to see the ruins of Angkor Wat. While this trip to the ancient ruins was amazing, it was contrasted by the amount of abject poverty seen and experienced in the Cambodian community.
After witnessing this first hand, our cohort knew that we could make a significant difference in another country and have made a personal challenge to help this country. To help in this effort we have partnered with the Face 2 Face Foundation. This organization has created a unique approach to helping communities with every aspect of being self supported. Their method goes beyond traditional approaches of most aid organizations. Their approach has won the support and accolades of world organizations such as the United Nations.
More About Cambodia
Cambodia has long been Southeast Asia’s poorest nation. Devastated by decades of genocide and civil war, a large number of NGOs entered the nation starting from 1993, spearheaded by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). Since then the nation has experienced a growing upper class and land development investments. Still, Cambodia struggles with lifting millions of people out of abject poverty despite decades of NGO assistance. Inefficiencies and corruption is to blame, as well as a pervasive attitude that taking care of the poor is the domain of foreign NGOs.
The Face-to-Face AIDS Project believes long-term change is possible if a community has the collective mindset and leadership structure to take ownership of its future. Rather than telling people what to do, we prefer to confront specific issues such as extreme poverty, famine, HIV, malaria, and other diseases, orphan care, or women’s rights by equipping the community with the tools to come up with solutions on their own.
F2F seeks to inspire self-reliant communities who see the benefits of developing resources they can control— their own skills and intelligence — and decreasing dependence on things they cannot, such as economy, infrastructure, technology, a new gadget, foreign aid, and of course climate. With a corruption ranking by the Voice of America in 2013 of 160th out of 175 countries, it’s not surprising that Cambodia’s government has had little success in ending extreme poverty.
How Does F2F accomplish these goals?
F2F will facilitate leadership workshops, on-site visits to F2F projects in Malawi, and constant guidance and evaluations over a 2-year period beginning in the first half of 2015. The focus of all activities is to introduce the values of self-reliance, personal discovery, and collective responsibility to SCC staff and beneficiaries, as well as provide opportunities to experiment and apply these principles.
The goal of the project is to shift SCC’s focus at the three sites from caring for the poor to enabling the poor to take care of themselves through promoting a strong sense of community ownership and self-reliance.
Nearly 500 children and adults will directly benefit from this 2-year
Where will the funds go you ask?
These new initiatives in Cambodia are impacting 3 communities across Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, & Battambang).
- 2 Full-Time Center Supervisor Positions
- 4 Full Time Teachers
- 3 Part Time Teachers
- 1 Children's Caretaker
- 3 Youth Group Leadership Program
- 3 Adult Group Leadership Program
- 3 Day Leadership Workshop for 11 local Cambodia Villagers
- Success visit for 3 leaders from Cambodia to F2F community in Malawi
- and MORE!
Where else can $50k fund nearly 20 positions and other programs?
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For more information about the Face 2 Face AIDS Foundation. Please visit: http://www.facetofaceaids.org/