Cambodia is a beautiful country, with rich culture, kind people, and an incredible heritage. This country, thousands of years ago, was once a thriving empire. Now, due to political corruption, war, and one of the largest, and least known genocides, the large majority of people live in extreme poverty. The people are suffering, but do not need or want saving, or pity. They simply want better economic opportunities, a chance for their children to go to school, and for the world to know about the strength and determination of the Khmer people to overcome.
Facts & Figures
- It is estimated that 78% of Cambodian women cannot read a newspaper or write a simple letter.
- 72% of Cambodians live on less than $3/day.
- 70% of women work in vulnerable employment.
- 36.1% of children experience child labor and 31.4% of children receive inadequate care.
- Cambodia is ranked 14th in the world for modern slavery.
A Dark Past: GEnocide
- From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 1.5 to 3 million Cambodian citizens were brutally murdered.
- This accounts for 1/4 of the entire population of Cambodia.
- The Cambodian Genocide was the 3rd most deadly genocide in human history.
A Bright Future: Opportunity
We believe the most valuable role we can play in helping Cambodia rebuild, is by facilitating economic opportunities. One of the largest errors we see in the non-profit model, is that it revolves around hand-outs and dependency. We see true empowerment as not giving a woman a fish, but teaching a woman to fish. We are taking a new approach to business and art, mixing commerce and philanthropy with traditional art forms and ancient techniques, to create sustainable jobs for women in need. Our goal is to support the employment of as many artisans as possible, in a safe dignified environment, and to get their beautiful designs in homes all across America.