Education

Restoring Microfinance as a Pro-Poor Development Tool

[singlepic id=9 w= h= float=center] Microfinance is a collection of financial services targeted towards poor and low-income clients to help stimulate income-producing activities, build assets, stabilise consumption, and protect against risks. In Cambodia, the microfinance sector has grown at a rapid pace over the last two decades leading to a significant increase in the delivery of financial services to the rural poor. While microfinance is designed to alleviate poverty and enhance economic development, increased competition between microfinance institutions (MFIs), many of which have a growing focus on profits, has led many to claim that the industry is suffering from ‘mission drift’. In particular, as the sector has struggled to expand the outreach of high-quality financial services, mic...

Destination Justice Visits Banteay Prieb’s Campus

On 20 March 2014, team Destination Justice went to visit ‘Banteay Prieb’—a vocational training centre located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in the province of Kandal. After a bumpy ride, the team finally made it to the Centre where Geoffroy and Bénédicte—two French volunteers— and Pheareak were waiting to host the team on a tour of the Centre. Banteay Prieb—‘The Centre of the Dove’ in Khmer—was founded in 1991 by the pioneers of the Jesuit Service in Cambodia. A factory, a prison, a carrier ground for war messenger pigeons, and ultimately a killing field under the Khmer Rouge regime, this training centre now hosts over 100 young Cambodians with a physical disability. Since its inception, over 1500 young Cambodian men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 from all over the country have l...

Destination Justice team facilitates workshops for students at Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear

Destination Justice were warmly welcomed by staff and students at Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) on the 23rd and 24th of November to deliver a series of practical workshops. Each workshop aimed to be interactive and hands on and we were glad to see the students approaching the workshops with lots of enthusiasm and positive attitude, resulting in a very successful and rewarding experience for all involved. The first day was at Kampong Cham campus and the second at Kamchaymear, the main campus in Prey Veng province.  Students registered for two of four workshops offered including Professional Writing, CV Writing & Job Hunting, Public Speaking & Advocacy and Using technology effectively. About Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) CSUK’s mission is to provide education ...

Oh Battambang!

It was another short trip back to my second home in Cambodia. Battambang, the city of the lost stick. In the heart of Battambang lies the reason that initially brought me to Cambodia: the Apostolic Prefecture and most of all, the work of an inspiring figure, ‘Lok-ou-pok’ or Father Kike. Currently the Bishop of Battambang, Enrique Figaredo, commonly known as Kike, started his work in Southeast Asia back in 1985. He first worked with Cambodian people, mostly with the disabled, through the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the refugee camps in Thailand and later in Banteay Prieb, a technical formation school for disabled people facilitating the repatriation of refugees. The Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, where Kike is now based, covers 9 provinces, supporting 26 communities and the populat...