The French NGO Agir pour le Cambodge (APLC), created in 1985, launched the Sala Baï program in 2002 to fight poverty and human trafficking in Cambodia through social and professional training of young underprivileged Cambodians.
Sala Baï Hotel and Restaurant School trains each year, for free, more than 100 students in hospitality and up to 150 by 2018. This program is exclusively devoted to helping underprivileged young Cambodians, with a priority given to girls (70%), more vulnerable and with lower access to education.
In 15 years, more than 1500 students have been trained and have found a job in the hospitality industry, the most dynamic economic sector of the country, enabling them to achieve economic independence and improve their family life conditions.
Vocational training is one of the fastest and most efficient ways of fighting poverty and human trafficking.