Well, the time is here! In a few short hours, we’ll be travelling to Cambodia to work with a few Indianapolis-based organizations on the front lines of making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. We are so honored to be a part of this trip!
We’d like thank all of you readers who have expressed your support! We’d also like to thank our partner organizations, CGI and Purchased (see below) for arranging this opportunity for us. We couldn’t have devised a better opportunity if we tried!
Below are a few of the trip highlights:
Culinary Training Center (Battambang)
Indianapolis-based Center for Global Impact (CGI) has started a Culinary Training Center in Battambang, Cambodia, for underprivileged and at-risk girls. The accompanying restaurant where the girls put their skills into practice, the Green Mango Café & Bakery, just opened March 5! The vocational training program helps the girls to develop culinary, customer service, and English language skills to work in Cambodia’s growing restaurant industry.
While at the Center, we’ll get to cook with the girls using local Cambodian ingredients. We’ll be bringing them some recipes from A Couple Cooks to make together, and we’re excited to learn from them! We’re hoping to take lots of photos for them to use in promotional materials, especially of their beautiful food.
Cook Book (Indiana!)
Once we return, we plan to publish a cookbook to benefit the Culinary Training Center! We’ve been chatting with CGI about this effort and are excited about the possibilities. Thanks to everyone who has offered help and/or consulting in this process!
Photojournalism (All Locations)
For Indianapolis-based organization Purchased, we’ll visit some of Purchased’s partner organizations. We’ll also gather images and videos to capture what we see in Cambodia, and also do some blogging for Purchased about our experiences.
Daughters Project (Phnom Penh)
We’ll also visit CGI’s Daughter’s Project in Phnom Penh. Daughters is a project to help young girls that have been rescued from sex trafficking and slavery to learn sewing skills. The project produces bridal and prom gowns that are sold in Indianapolis.
Cambodia is a country where human trafficking is a major issue, as with several countries in South East Asia. One of the reasons is Cambodia’s troubled past — in the 1970s, about 1/3 of the population was killed under a brutal dictatorship called the Khmer Rouge. This lead to a weakened infrastructure and a very young uneducated population. In addition, women face substantial discrimination in Cambodia, and many are sold or forced into sexual exploitation.
How You Can Help
We know many of you are passionate about food and about the world. If you are interested in participating in this effort, we’d be honored for you to make a donation to the Culinary Training Center through CGI. The funding is used to support the girls who attend the school.
To make a donation, click HERE. In the Additional Information section, write “Culinary Training Center – A Couple Cooks”.