With approximately 18,000 members in over 800 child and youth clubs, World Vision Cambodia continues to work to empower children and youth to participate in community decisions that may impact their lives.
Last year 18 young people from across the country assembled for a workshop on social media engagement. The workshop aimed to enhance the capacity of youth in social media and online communication.
“We enabled the youth to make a plan of action on fundraising online and identifying promotions to go public through digital and social media,” says Makara Eam, World Vision’s Integrated Communications Coordinator.
Those who participated have roles as communicators of their local youth groups. They’ve started to introduce their group identity to their community, and conducted online activities and fundraising for various local causes, such as hospitals and community development projects. This important step provided a tangible outcome that built the confidence of youth in engaging their community but also reinforced to the broader community the positive contribution youth can make.
This year through activities such as concerts, donation campaigns, football tournaments, and proposal submissions to private companies, governors, local authorities and micro-finance institutes, the Youth Clubs collectively raised around US$5,000 for Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital and community development.
“When I first started with World Vision, I was afraid of doing presentations. I always hid in the toilet to escape from doing presentations! Through this workshop, I practised doing it in front of the mirror. Finally, I can confidently do it in front of others,” says Pisal, a youth from Kampong Chhnang province.