At PEPY, one of our philosophies is to ‘be strategic in our choices, and thoughtful in our plans’. From time to time, our strategic choice results in a transition out of projects for a range of reasons, and when this happens, the sustainable future of those programs is taken seriously.
As we enter the 2013/14 school year some big opportunities and expansion areas are coming our way. Our vision is “every young Cambodian empowered to achieve their dreams”. We’ve thought long and hard about how we wish to grow and improve, and achieve this vision. At the heart of this we have been talking to the community we work with to see where the real need for our support is; what is their dream?
In Kralanh district, students and their families have told us that gaining access to jobs is their dream, and for that, higher education is paramount.
Therefore, PEPY’s approach is developing to support more high school and university students to ensure the best career opportunities possible, and we’re all really excited about this! As a result, PEPY and our stakeholders have decided to hand over some of the projects that no longer match this new direction to new leaders within their community.
Promoting Local Ownership: Handover Workshop July 2013
In July 2013 our Programs team held a handover workshop to share the results of the work that PEPY has been delivering within the Kralanh community over the past several years, and pass on the ownership of this work. We got together with more than forty crucial stakeholders: village leaders, school support committees, teachers, a commune councillor, and representatives from the Young Leader Project and the passionate bunch at Volunteer for Community Development.
Several of PEPY’s programs have run their course or pilot projects have proved so successful, it’s time to hand over to local leadership. As a result, PEPY will be transitioning out of the following programs:
Sakhakum Aphiwat Sala
Child to Child Clubs
“If we stay here forever doing Child Clubs, we can’t see the change. If we don’t go away, we can’t see impact. We want to provide ownership to young people so they can solve their own problems without the clubs.” – Sarakk, Program Manager
Young Leader Project
Traveling Teachers Support (TTS)
PEPY are proud to have been acknowledged by the commune representative who praised PEPY projects for strengthening teachers’ capacity and that students have demonstrated improved communication skills and built confidence.
We’re delighted that students from the Young Leader Project have expressed a great deal of commitment to taking this project forward, and they’ll do this by implementing an activities plan developed in partnership with PEPY.
The only way is up…
We’re really happy to announce the expansion and development of the following projects that we’ll be focusing on from September 2013.
For more information on our five year strategy, please watch this video about our exciting plans!