Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Our History

In 2005, JWOC founders Brandon and Andrea Ross moved to Cambodia from the United States to set up a boutique hotel. While living here they saw firsthand the needs of the population struggling with poverty. They also saw the desire of travelers, friends and family to provide support. They realized they could work as intermediaries between those who needed help and those who wanted to give it. Years later JWOC has become more than they ever dreamed was possible, with thousands of lives, both of recipients and donors, positively impacted.

Explore some of the past programs and initiatives that JWOC has engaged in since 2006 of empowering our community!

Past Programs and Projects

Clean Water Program

The Clean Water program was JWOC’s first and founding project in 2006. For 10 years we worked with villages to identify and work with the community to make sure that every person and every household had access to plentiful supplies of clean, safe water. Through this, we installed over 250 and repaired 830 wells, distributed 3638 water filters and 13,580 hygiene packs. The communities played their part by attending seminars and helping JWOC gather information about the situation of health and water in the village as well as working with JWOC to provide updates. Many organizations working within Siem Reap province continue to focus on providing wells to local communities; however, JWOC’s focus has now shifted to making these changes in infrastructure socio-economically and environmentally sustainable through education

Microfinance Program

Between 2006 and 2016, JWOC responded to the needs of the local community by providing business loans to local entrepreneurs and community needs. Most of the businesses/families served were living at or below the poverty line, and without collateral or any access to money other than from money-lenders with very high interest rates, JWOC provided an alternative. Families had access to fair-interest loans (with relevant business training/support) that gave them the opportunity to grow their businesses while still being able to afford their daily necessities.

Community Support Projects

Beginning in 2007, JWOC has been working with small communities in urban Siem Reap and with villages in the surrounding province to improve standards of living and access to education/training. Working at a local level with individuals, we have and still work with the poorest to make sure they have access to the same opportunities as others. Over the years, this has involved assisting in disaster response, bringing villages together to complete small projects, our Home Garden Initiative and more recently our Mobile Education program. In addition to this, JWOC has always been a central point for Liaison activities, collecting and sharing information on employment, training and social service opportunities in Siem Reap for those who need it in our community.

Sewing Training Project

Starting in 2009, our Sewing training project provided students and graduates with the skills and resources to generate and supplement their family income. Our Basic Sewing offered a 16-week course for individuals with little or no sewing skills to learn a trade making them capable of finding employment. A further course offered advanced skills, ‘Sewing for Livelihoods’ was available for those who wished to extend their skills even further. Throughout these courses JWOC provided students with ongoing support and graduate seamstresses to make quality products for the local and tourist markets, expanding their income generating opportunities. In addition, both courses offered an introduction to English for sewing where students were taught English relevant to the Sewing industry. The program ended in 2015, however, JWOC still serves to help individuals find employment through our Liaison services.

        

Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is a non-profit organization working in Cambodia to empower low-income Cambodians to lead their communities by providing educational and personal development opportunities, inspiring a mindset of co-responsibility and social service. JWOC is certified with a Silver Seal of Transparency by GuideStar.org.

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