Summer Projects: 2016
Each year, summer projects are selected by from a pool of submitted proposals. In 2016, SEALNet undertook 2 projects and its third annual Youth Leadership Summit 2016.
Project Cambodia 2016 (Phnom Penh) will focus on the three key words: underprivileged children, inspiration, and education, which will be the most prominent themes throughout the two-week workshops. Although many underprivileged children from the slum areas in Cambodia are able to grant access to education through NGOs’ support, they still face the danger of having to make a living on the streets, which hinders a prospective future ahead of them due to financial struggles. Wishing to improve the situation, the project aims to inspire underprivileged children in the slum areas in Phnom Penh through equipping them with essential skills which will help them to have fun and engage more in general learning, e.g. painting, drawing, coding and role playing etc.
Moreover, we aspire to help these underprivileged children to acknowledge the vast opportunities which education brings and also for them to realize their limitless potential. Our main purpose is to provide the underprivileged children with a more positive outlook into the world outside of their slum community through story-telling and mentorship. Project Cambodia 2016 (Phnom Penh) hopes to offer underprivileged children and also team members the chance to develop personal growth through inspiring and being inspired from each other. As we believe that “every person has a story to tell, a lesson to teach and a dream to share,” we hope to carry the impact in which these underprivileged children and team members will be empowered by each other’s stories through our personal mentorship system.
Human trafficking, addressed as modern day slavery, Cambodia has experienced significant internal and cross-border trafficking. Around 75% of the victims of sex trafficking within Cambodia were children, and the age of the victims has decreased over the years. The situation is made more complicated by the fact that many young victims are not forced into the sex trade by criminals, but by family members.
Around the world, governments, organizations, civil societies, and activists are actively involved in the process to end this crime—prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation. We cannot for now put an end to human trafficking, but we can ease it. Then shattered lives of the victims and survivors, hopefully, would be made easier. Our choice is prevention—it is when one does not wait for someone else or other external forces to act on a cause, but when an action is taken because of their own belief in the cause and in their own capacities to do something about it.
With this realization, SEALNet Project Cambodia 2016 – Siem Reap hopes to further enhance the awareness of human trafficking within the communities in Siem Reap and in Southeast Asian countries. At the same time, we hope to empower the youths in Siem Reap to become heroes of themselves and of their communities.
Having worked in Southeast Asia and sponsored more than 40 projects in 10 years, SEALNet has successfully planted the seeds of service leadership in countless young leaders, who soon will become prominent voices as well as passionate service leaders for their communities. Recognizing this driven energy in the youth of the region, SEALNet continues the work of collaborating like-minded peers for a better service network across Southeast Asian countries.
The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) is a one-week-long service leadership training programme that aims to create a platform for Southeast Asian youth leaders to connect and interact with their counterparts from across the region and to build a strong network of youth service leaders through this shared experience. Not only will participants engage with and learn from one another, but will also discover more about themselves and grow as leaders under the guidance of experienced SEALNet mentors and alumni from around the world.
With the objective of transforming our participants into ready and able project leaders for the year 2017, the following application is targeted for first to third year university students – or one year prior to graduation – of Southeast Asian nationalities and ethnicities who are passionate about our region and its development and who are driven to turn their service project ideas into reality.
We highly encourage past SEALNet members to apply and get reconnected with SEALNet and our extensive network in order to prepare and become future service leaders.
The central theme this year is sustainable service leadership.