As domestic violence and contraception remain taboos in Cambodia, Clémence Schantz, a mid-wife with a degree in psychology and currently undertaking a thesis in anthropology, came to run discussion groups with the students' parents.
Surprisingly, all the invited women and most of the invited men attended, showing an irrepressible need to speak, to confide, and to put hurt into words.
Less surprisingly, the mothers, very poorly informed on contraception, were seeking prescriptions and medical follow-up. Victims of their partner's violence expressed a desire for our help.
These discussion groups were an occasion to establish the occurrence of family troubles that could impact our girls' sense of balance, in order to put in place specific programs for next year. We will keep you informed.