Empowering Young Women Leaders in Cambodia!

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Team Harpswell Foundation
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Please Help The Harpswell Foundation Raise $20,000 to Empower Young Women Leaders in Cambodia!

About Us
The Harpswell Foundation’s mission is to equip young women in Southeast Asia with leadership skills, education, and a supportive network.  We envision a new generation of women leaders who create and inspire positive social change.

We provide housing, education, critical thinking skills, and leadership training for young women, ages 16 to 22, in Cambodia, and offer leadership training to young women from throughout Southeast Asia.

Harpswell graduates include lawyers, journalists, engineers, doctors, midwives, teachers, professors, government staff, bankers, accountants, business entrepreneurs and NGO executives.

More About our Project
The first component of this project will enlist Harpswell students to inspire rural high school girls to stay in school and go to university. Six weekends during the year, four to eight Harpswell students will travel to rural and underfunded high schools in provinces within a few hours from Phnom Penh. THey'll lead discussions on leadership skills, study tips, setting academic and career goals, scholarship opportunities, STEM majors, and university preparation. Discussions will emphasize opportunities for women at universities. Each visit will take 1.5 to 2 hours with 30 to 50 high school students participating.

The second component of the project will reflect Harpswell’s commitment to educating its students on civic engagement. As part of our civic engagement curriculum, students are challenged to work in groups of three to four students to design civic engagement projects. The two most outstanding projects are awarded funding and are executed over the summer months under the guidance of our staff. This project will grow our existing civic engagement program to create student-led projects that reach women and girls in surrounding communities.

Funding will be used to cover transportation costs for travel to high schools and civic engagement project sites, telephone costs incurred through communications with rural high schools and contacts in rural communities, costs for materials such as markers and papers, and costs for materials needed for the civic engagement projects, which could range from construction materials to books. A portion of the funding will be dedicated to staff training and development, specifically for the staff who will accompany students on visits to high schools and the staff supervising the civic engagement project program. Funds will also be used to develop a method of project evaluation. 

This project will be completed by September 1, 2019.

33980746_1540847529607971_r.jpegDorm life!

How Funds will be Distributed

• Travel Expense (travel to schools by bus or taxi): $1,500
• Food Costs (lunch and snacks for students and staff): $1,000
• Supplies and materials: $500
• Telephone expense: $500
• Staff Training/Development (planning meetings): $500
• Student Project Budgets (2 projects at $2,500 each): $5,000
• Project Evaluation (survey development): $250

$9,680 would be dedicated to a percentage of staff salaries 

• Country Director: $2,760
• Dorm Manager- TT: $960
• Dorm Manager- BT: $960
• Executive Director: $5,000

$1,070 will be set aside for miscellaneous expenses, such additional travel costs.

How You Can Help
Your contributions to our campaign will allow us to continue our efforts to positively impact young women's leadership development and civic engagement in Cambodia. We are truly grateful for all donations!


33980746_1540501626634734_r.jpegOur 2018 graduates!

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This project is supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance. 

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As you know, for the past three months we have worked with the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance and GoFundMe to raise funds for our Girls’ Mentoring and Civic Engagement Project. We are delighted to share that this week, thanks to your generous support, we surpassed our fundraising goal of $20,000!

All donations support this project, which reflects our core belief that educated women with leadership ability constitute the most powerful force to bring about social and economic change in the world.

The project brings Harpswell students to Cambodian high schools to encourage young women to stay in school and builds upon our existing civic engagement program to create student-led projects that reach women and girls in surrounding communities.

We are so grateful to GoFundMe, the Girls Opportunity Alliance, the Obama Foundation and you - the Harpswell community - for making this possible.
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