Ptea Teuk Dong
Ptea Teuk Dong (PTD) in the Battambang region of
PTD strives to improve the quality of life and restore the dignity of street families and female victims of abuse or trafficking, by preparing and assisting them to reintegrate back into the community.
The women have the opportunity to learn skills in sewing, weaving and food preparation while receiving psychological and legal counseling. Once it is determined that it is safe for the women to reintegrate back into their families or communities, they are given a small allowance to help them start up a small business. The women that need to stay at the centre for longer are able to generate income from making handicrafts.
PTD also has a Community Development program that monitors and assesses how past program participants are doing and provides on-going support to families.
There are currently 20 to 30 women living at the centre. Donations made through the Intrepid Foundation will help PTD establish a small dressmaking business for the resident women to run and meet the demand for traditional Khmer dresses. This will help the women's self esteem and help them become independent. This will also help keep the craft of traditional dressmaking alive for the future. Traditional Khmer dresses are an important part of Khmer culture.