Women’s Development Association (WDA)
The WDA was our partner organization for the first two years at the University of Washington. They are an NGO based in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia that was founded in 1994. After the first election was held in Cambodia, a group of women who wanted to improve the lives of their friends, neighbors, and community living in the slums of their village sought out to create an organization that works to accomplish just that through its core values of faithfulness, transparency, strong commitment, participatory approaches, solidarity, open communication, respectfulness, and innovative idea.
“In order to improve the living condition of the poor people, especially the women, children and youths from the disadvantaged & vulnerable families, WDA is working actively through strengthening the capacity of community-based people and garment factory workers to function self-help structures for community organizing, community development, primary health education, STD & HIV/AIDS prevention & Reproductive Health Education, Vocational skill training, child-educational promotion & campaigns, women & children rights, peace building for out-school youths, research with different topics, Gender promotion and advocacy towards a long-term sustainable community development.”
WDA’s primary goal is to promote sustainable community-development to the most vulnerable groups in slums and rural areas through peace, security, and prosperity.
More specific goals:
• Promotion of Children education of Child labor/Child illiteracy of vulnerable children;
• Promotion of Women’s rights and leadership to reduce all violence against women and gender issues;
• Promotion of Health status of the poor & vulnerable people especially women and youth workers in the communities and garment factories and children
Sexual & Reproductive Health Education:
The reproductive education programs have diverse objectives. First, the projects work towards improving the capacity of factory health service providers by focusing on counseling, testing, mother-to child transmission, quality sexual health services, and nutrition counseling. They also work to increase awareness of sexual health in 12 garment factory workers project sites; in addition to this, WDA encourages supportive networks of sexual health and education services for 20,650 works—85-90% of whom are women.
Child-Educational Promotion (SSC Project):
The WDA works to reduce child-illiteracy, which has been a great contributor to poverty in the Prey Veng province. The project works directly with 330 young, vulnerable children in 22 villages of 4 communes and 2 different districts of Prey Veng giving them the opportunity to be able to graduate primary schools.
Peace Building for Youths:
Some of the main objectives of this program include working to reduce the number of youth in gangs in several targeted rural areas through awareness raising and capacity building.
Primary Health Care Education:
The main objective with this program is to improve primary health care and prevent common diseases by educating through classes in target primary schools of the Saang district.
Researching and Networking:
The objective of the research activity is to gather data and information that will promote both new and existing projects and activities of the WDA as well as other NGOS.