Smart Axiata Supports World Vision’s Youth Development Programme, as a Corporate Partner
To promote youth development in Cambodia, Smart Axiata has announced that it will support World Vision International Cambodia’s IMPACT+ programme up until September 2022. The partnership will provide training and guidance to almost 20,000 children, adolescents, and youths aged 12-18.
IMPACT+ will support adolescents and youths in eight districts across the six provinces of Battambang, Kandal, Kampong Chhnang, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap and Takeo to transition well into adulthood as active citizens empowered with competencies, values, confidence and social connectedness.
Mr. Yeang Sethsamprathna, Senior Technical Specialist for Adolescents & Youth Participation at World Vision, said that the IMPACT+ programme model is built to make sure young people get the support they need to envision their future, set and achieve personal development goals, and expand possibility.
“We strongly believe that the programme will provide a safe platform for young people to build their life skills, to make positive and healthy life choices, to improve their leadership skills, and being able to stay socially connected with others. These are essential developmental assets for them to be active citizens and future leaders; this partnership with Smart Axiata will help us to enhance this ripple effect, enabling youths and adolescents to transition into adulthood successfully,” stated Sethsamprathna.
Smart Axiata’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Hundt, said: “At Smart, we are committed to investing in Cambodia’s long-term growth. The most sustainable path to economic growth is surely investing in the development of youths and human capital. IMPACT+ is a programme we are particularly supportive of because it operates on the basis of education, mentorship, and sports, which helps young people to unleash their full potential and explore a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities through a healthy, positive lifestyle.”
Mr. Thomas added, “We are tremendously proud of the successful partnership that has been formed between Smart Axiata and World Vision. The youths who have emerged from these programmes are strong, confident, and determined. We have no doubt that they will go on to improve their families’ lives and communities as well as play important roles in the betterment of the Cambodian society.”
Seavmey, 16, a participant of the programme, said that she is proud of the experiences she has had through experiential learning, leading community projects, and playing sports.
“Now, I am confident enough to raise my voice and concerns – even to local authorities. I am also better at maintaining good relationships with my friends and community thanks to the experiences I have had in the youth club,” she said.
In 2017, Smart Axiata supported World Vision in kickstarting the One Goal project, an initiative that encouraged progressive life choices, the development of positive relationships, and gaining of constructive life skills to reduce risk-taking behaviours through weekly football sessions in Cambodia. The programme has benefited and transformed the lives of around 19,000 youth from 2017 to 2020.
Media inquiries, please contact:
– SUN Sokhen, Senior Public Engagement Specialist, World Vision International – Cambodia
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +855 10 906 409
– KOAM Tivea, Head of Corporate Affairs, Smart Axiata
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +855 10 202 271