Patching a way out of extreme poverty for the disadvantaged in rural Cambodia
On a sunny day in January 2013, just before I was about to leave for yoga study in Thailand, my friend suggested I make and sell them to other yogis abroad. I was hesitant at first but miraculously, everything just seemed to fall into place. Little pieces of advice here and introductions there created an opportunity for me to connect with Vichetr Uon, the founder of Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) www.ssf.org.kh. When I met Vic I could feel something special was about to happen.
SSF is a unique foundation that works in Cambodia to prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation by inspiring vulnerable children and their families to socially and economically empower themselves. I knew this opportunity could go even further than me making and selling beautiful bags. I finally had a way to really make a huge impact in people’s lives.
Throughout my years growing up, my family and I we were involved in numerous humanitarian ventures. Without a doubt the most rewarding and memorable was offering foster care for under-privileged, international children recovering from major surgery. Contact with these beautiful children has had a strong impact in my life and has cultivated a powerful desire to support community in my personal and business life. Inspired by our family attitude of ‘you can achieve anything you put your mind to’, I saw this meeting with Vichetr and the Sao Sary Foundation as an incredible opportunity to create positive social impact on an even grander scale.