One of the toughest challenges at PIO is young people aged from 14-25 years old. At this age, many children and their parents are anxious to find paying work. Losing kids at this age means the likelihood of them returning to school is very slim. We have developed training programs to encourage these students to learn a lifelong income earning skill. Livelihood training is an important aspect to teenage girls in Cambodia. Without skills many girls face a dire future with the possibility of prostitution or sexual enslavement.
The PIO Dressmaking Training program was established in 2010 and sponsored by Le Thi Mckeon. In this 10 month course we teach skills that allow our girls to find work in a dressmaking shop or to start their own dressmaking business.
In 2012, there were 18 students from very poor surrounding communities who enrolled and graduated from the PIO dress-making program.