Punlok Thmey Men is our outreach to young men in the male brothels of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. These men were just like you and me-doing the best they could to provide a living for their families. They once came to the big cities in hopes of making it big, but those plans were somehow derailed, and the big cities led them down this much darker path of shame, secrecy and pain.
Relationship is key to restoration, healing, and wholeness in the life of a these men that are exploited sexually! Our staff value relationship with the Men above all programs we offer. It is only through community and relationship that an exploited men will share there story with us. All of our programs exist to further and deepen our relationship with the men, in hopes that they will trust us with their stories, that we may go on the journey of healing and restoration.
HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Dignity restored. Hope found. Future recognized.
Young men come to us in shame and secrecy, employed by several male brothels in Phnom Penh. Their own families often do not know what they do for a living. Their self-worth has been stripped away, and they are desperate for new skills and a new start, daring to hope that there could be life outside of the darkness they live in. The way out of this darkness begins with our English program. The young men want better life skills, so they come to us to learn English. Being able to speak English in Cambodia gives one a certain clout and increases their chances at a higher paying job. At Punlok Thmey Men, the guys come to learn English but gain so much more! They are unconditionally accepted and loved by our staff, and that acceptance and love give them a taste of the freedom they long for.
The young men who come to us from male brothels have never had someone to believe in them. They’ve never known healthy relationship. They’ve never realized the God-given potential, hope and future that lies inside of them. Through our discipleship and life skills program, they are learning that their lives have not ended on the dark road they started on. They are realizing that they belong to God, a God who loves them just as they are. They are practicing problem solving, conflict resolution, financial management and so much more in a warm, loving community that feels like family.
Job Training Program
Dignity restored. Hope found. Future recognized. . We show the men a way out of the shame through job opportunities that open up a whole new world to them. Currently we offer two tracks to the men, both hand-chosen by our leaders who were former victims of the sex trade. These two tracks are a career in the restaurant business and a career in the hair salon business. We provide training so that our young men can enter either business at a variety of levels-as a chef, as a stylist, as a dishwasher, as a cleaner. While in our Job training programs they are able to to learn skills that help them to be leaders, dreamers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs. As our Job Training Program grows, we’ll be able to offer freedom to more and more young men trapped in the lifestyle of the male sex trade.