The Sok Sabay foundation was formed in May of 1995 in Paris, France, to provide a safe place and educational opportunities for neglected, orphaned and abused women and children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As a nonprofit, apolitical and non-religious organization, the name Sok Sabay translates to “Welcome” in Cambodian and has supported over 1,000 women and children through education and basic healthcare.
In 2014, the association commenced a venture in Laos, in which Sok Sabay Laos, along with the support from Jabil Green Point (JGP), initiated a new project to support educational dreams of deserving ethnic children from Akha and the surrounding mountainous provinces. By building a modern dormitory, Akha girls live onsite during the week to be close to school and travel back home to their families on the weekends.
The dormitory was made possible using funds raised from the 2016 Jabil Green Point Golf Tournament in Singapore, which was supported by employees, senior management, friends, customers and Jabil business partners. The new structure houses between 65 and 80 girls, who previously lived in makeshift huts on the schoolgrounds and shared living quarters with their male classmates. With funds from JGP, the young women now live in modern rooms equipped with electricity, providing them a safe and healthy environment for them to be able to focus on their studies.
JGP’s donations were also used to fund the educational and living costs of nearly 50 Akha female students who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford to attend school. Most of the girls are between 5th and 12th grade and JGP scholarships have helped a few of the young women pursue a higher education degree.
“It was truly made possible by the great support from the extended Jabil family. The event was memorable and great fun for all involved and the amount raised was outstanding. JGP’s employee charity committees looked at which organizations we could have the greatest impact and together decided to support Sok Sabay,” said Steven Hodge, chief commercial officer of JGP.
“It’s incredible to see the positive difference we made in these children’s lives, knowing we are helping young, vulnerable girls and women pursue an education they would otherwise not have the chance to, in a safe environment,” he added.
Between the dormitory and scholarships, JGP has empowered a total of 130 girls, giving them access to secondary and university/college education that will help build a sustainable and successful future.
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