2016 Pong Beneficiary: Hard Places Community





(Funding Recipient since 2013)

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organisation Description: Hard Places work with hundreds of street-living and street-working boys and girls who are at high risk of being sold for sex in Cambodia’s capital city. Through daily kids club programs in city parks and English and computer classes and art/play therapy at the Hard Places day centres, young people learn about decision-making, choices, hope, love, and relationship.

Project Focus: Rehabilitation, Aftercare, Vocational Training

Project Description: In 2016 Ping Pong-A-Thon continue to be the key funding partner of Hard Places vocational training and employment program for young men. This project supports several young men each year to leave behind the massage parlours in Phnom Penh, training them and providing them with new employment skills and the confidence to maintain meaningful employment that is exploitation-free.

Comment from Ping Pong-A-Thon Director: ‘What impresses me most about Hard Places is the quality of care that goes into all of their programs, including the Punlok Thmey Men program. The young men in this creative venture are so thankful for the opportunity they’ve been given to change the trajectory of their lives. The program is so much more than giving young men new skills. The Hard Places team mentor, encourage and support young men to a depth I’ve rarely seen before. What results is inspiring!’.