Photo by Stuck in Customs
We are very excited to announce something that’s been in the works for a while here at A Couple Cooks!
In one month from today, we will travel to Cambodia to work with some organizations on the front lines of making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. We are SO excited to team up with two Indianapolis-based organizations!
Center for Global Impact (CGI) – Culinary Training Center
Center for Global Impact (CGI) has started a Culinary Training Center in Battambang, Cambodia, for girls at risk of human trafficking. The Training Center and accompanying restaurant, Green Mango Café & Bakery, were started as a vision of Indy’s own Paul Vida, a culinary arts instructor at Ivy Tech Community College. The goal is to provide a vocational training program for underprivileged and at-risk girls to develop culinary, customer service, and English language skills to work in Cambodia’s growing restaurant industry.
We’re very excited to get to cook with the girls at the center – we’ll be bringing them some recipes from A Couple Cooks to make together! Once we return, we plan to publish a cookbook to benefit the Training Center!
We’ll also be working with Purchased, an organization started by a friend at our church, which opened our eyes to the issue of human trafficking. Purchased educates people on the issues of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, and helped us make the connections to make this trip possible.
While we’re in Cambodia, 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.
Girls at the Culinary Training Center (Courtesy of CGI)
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.
Since we’ve learned about the issue of human trafficking, our hearts were deeply affected, and we’ve been praying about what we could do. Our first step was to start giving all ad revenue from our blog to International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization working to fight slavery and human trafficking all over the world.
But we were feeling called to more. Our next step is to go and see – participate in some of the great work being done, and bring back stories to let you know more.
How You Can Help
We are so grateful to you, our readers, and all your support. We’re excited to share with you as we go through this process, and appreciate you reading and learning along with us!
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”.
Thank you so much for joining in this journey with us!