“If they weren’t here, they would probably be at high risk of more violence or sleeping on the streets. Women and girls needs safe havens like this in Cambodia,” said Fiona Mann, 26, an advocacy and policy adviser for CWDA.
Pich* was six years old when her father died of hepatitis, leaving her mother with five young children to feed and no money for groceries. Pich’s mother sold her as collateral to a loan shark, who then, in turn, forced her to work in a local market until she was 12.
Now 19, she has just hit her seventh year living in the safe house and hopes to start university next year. When she’s not lending an extra hand at the shelter, volunteering for a local youth-oriented NGO is one way she loves to spend her days.