Still in recovery from brutal civil war and genocide, Cambodia is working to rebuild its culture, social institutions and economy. From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge empire instituted a reign of destruction in an attempt to build a classless, agrarian society. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge abolished money, religion and traditional Khmer culture, while purging the country of intellectuals, non-Khmer minorities and other social groups. During this time, nearly two million people are estimated to have lost their lives.
Though the people of Cambodia have shown remarkable
resilience through this dark period, Cambodian society still struggles in its
efforts to both recover and grow. GSC has partnered with a local Cambodian
organization working to assist communities and develop leadership to bring about much-needed social change.
The Community Development and Youth Leadership Training Program includes:
The Community Development and Youth Leadership Training Program is available year-round, with projects ranging from four weeks to six months or longer.