Journeys Within Our Community
(JWOC) strives to create and support projects that will reduce poverty levels and
increase educational and economic opportunities throughout Southeast Asia.
Based on the principle of ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’, our focus is education, including
opportunities at local universities, JWOC’s Community Center and in the
villages surrounding Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over the years, we have learned that
focusing on education is where we can make the greatest difference in helping
those struggling to better their future and become leaders in their community.
Our current programs are:
Scholarship Program: In the past
10 years 123 students have graduated from JWOC’s university scholarship
program. These students have gone on to do amazing things, creating what we
call the JWOC ripple effect. JWOC admits around 75 students a year into the
scholarship program. These students generally come from rural Cambodian
villages, work full time to support themselves and their families, attend
university and volunteer 6-8 hours weekly at JWOC. Their volunteer work is key to the
implementation of JWOC’s other programs.
Free Classes Program: We offer a
wide range of Free Classes (Kindergarten, English, Digital Literacy, Art) to
the local community complementing what is taught at public schools and
providing a safe environment where students can play and study. We provide
high-quality learning opportunities free of charge to those who cannot afford
extra lessons at school or at private language centers. Each week, JWOC teaches
over 40 classes to around 850 students at our Community Center.
Community Support: While Cambodia’s
bigger cities flourish, many villages remain cut off from the progress with few
educational resources. This program brings tailored education and training into
villages in Siem Reap Province. We provide information about available
community resources, employment information and deliver life skills training.
Education Loans: Unlike other countries
where student loans are common place, student loans in Cambodia are only now
emerging as a way to secure an education. JWOC offers low interest, no
collateral loans for students who wish to continue their education beyond high
school. Students with financial need and who do not have a scholarship can
continue their studies at university or through vocational training by
utilizing a JWOC loan.