Vichetr Uon

UVichetr

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Name: Vichetr Uon
Organization: Sao Sary Foundation
Website: http://www.ssfcambodia.org
Title: Human Trafficking Protection
Bio:
I am Okay to work seven [7] days a week and 12 hours per day as just wanting to adopt a little smile from disadvantage people in the Cambodia's poorest communities. Kampong SPeu province is the best province that I feel I have to serve the needy first due to this province is one among three poorest provinces of the Cambodia with is 55% people population living under poverty line. Throughout Southeast Asia, specifically Cambodia, human trafficking, exploitation, and sexual abuse continue to occur among women, children, and impoverished families. In Kampong Speu, one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia, high incidences of human trafficking are often caused by families paying off debts incurred from buying food. The Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) provides a proactive approach to helping children and families solve their economic problems, which in turn, helps eliminate the occurrence of child trafficking. SSF not only houses orphans and at-risk children, but we also work with impoverished families throughout the community. We support families with initial start-up capital to begin entrepreneurial efforts in projects like grocery selling and vegetable gardening. By creating economic independence throughout the community, SSF believes that families will no longer be forced to pay back loans with their children. Additionally, SSF provides full funding for educational costs of the children we support. Currently we support over 50 at-risk children. We provide food, clothing, and shelter for these children, along with vocational skills training. Children living at the SSF house have requisite study hours and must contribute to daily household duties in exchange for participating with SSF. Mr Vichetr Uon is the founder and Executive Director of SSF. He was born in a rural remote area of Takeo province in Cambodia. His father was shot dead anonymously during a humanitarian mission which led his family into a terrible situation. His sister and brother were forced to stop their primary education to keep him in school, while there was no money for the rest of the six siblings to attend. He was granted the opportunity of a lifetime to go to college, through the kindness and financial support of his foster brother. He graduated with a Science Degree from Norton University in Phnom Penh provided by a full-four year sponsorship from his Australian foster brother. Mr. Uon is passionate about putting an end to the human trafficking of the vulnerable in Cambodia, starting from the poorest province, Kampong Speu. His philosophy is that in order to stop trafficking SSF must improve the livelihoods of the poorest in the community, thus removing any potential opportunity for the traffickers. He believes any organization must work with families on a long-term basis and utilize the strengths they have already acquired in their lifetime. This involves nursing existing talents such as baking and turning them into fledgling businesses that will provide income and security form families.

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Home gardening increases the diversity of foods available to households, which in turn leads to better overall utilization of nutrients, including calories. Vegetables and fruits often make other foods more palatable and can lead to an overall increased food intake.

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The Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) provides a proactive approach to helping children and families solve their economic problems, which in turn, helps eliminate the occurrence of child trafficking. SSF not only houses orphans and at-risk children, but we also work with impoverished families throughout the community. We support families with initial start-up capital to begin entrepreneurial efforts in pr

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