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Sobbhana Foundation

Date : 2010-02-15 02:12:42

Description"The Sobbhana foundation –founded by Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Mari Ranariddh in 1983 as a shelter of war orphans in a refugee camp on the Thai border –now operates three training centers in Phnom Penh. It is named in honor of Samdech Rasmi Sobbhana, the Royal Aunt of King Norodom Sihanouk , who dedicated her life to social action -in particular, the education of women and children. The Foundation signifies the important role the Royal family plays in culture and the arts. Since its establishment, the Foundation has trained more than 4.000 women in weaving, embroidery and sewing, passing on skills and at the same time reviving the arts of Khmer ancestors –silk weaving, basket making, wood carving, silver working and stone sculpting. For over 20 years, the Sobbhana Women's Foundation has worked to improve the lives of Cambodian Women and Children by focusing on three key areas of development: Creating access to basic Healthcare; Funding Educational opportunities for young girls; Providing Essential Skills Training. Sobbhana believes in not simply offering assistance, but empowering those people it is dedicated to serving. Training women in the ancient Cambodian tradition of silk weaving provides them the opportunity to learn tangible skills. Women are trained at one of three training centers. After completing their training, the women's products are purchased by Sobbhana for sale through the Sobbhana Boutique. Today, through the work of the Women's Foundation, Sobbhana is reviving the ancient tradition of silk weaving and simultaneously creating job opportunities for women in Cambodia. All of the proceeds from the sale of the exquisite handmade silk products available on this site fund the Sobbhana Foundation's social initiatives. In their shop they sell all kind of handicrafts and hand-made products including jewellery, pottery and furniture."

Street AddressNo24, Street 144/49, Sangkat Phsar Thmey III Khan Daun Penh

CityPhnom Penh


Name of InstitutionSobbhana Foundation

Phone(855 23) 219 452


Fax(855 23) 219 450

Type of ActivitySupport Institution

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