Livelihood training is important for teenage girls in Cambodia. Without skills many girls face a dire future with the possibility of prostitution or sexual enslavement. The PIO Beauty Salon Training program was established in May 2007 with funding provided by Mrs Bernie Herr and her husband Ciaran.
15 trainees aged between 14-18 years were selected as beneficiaries in the project. 7 students are from the Stung Mean Chey School, while the other 8 are unskilled girls who were working on the garbage dump.
They attended classes for 10 months and then get a paid internship for 2 months. All trainees received one bicycle each from PIO and a living allowance of $6 per person every week. The first year successfully completed in March 2008.
Funding for our second year has been generously donated once again by Bernie and Ciaran Herr. Classes began in June 2008 with an additional 15 girls.