Artisans from Cambodia
Dire poverty has struck many families in Cambodia, leaving them hopeless. Many women even sell their young daughters for a certain amount of time until they can find a way to make more money. However, an artisan group called Kingdom Creations gives the women a chance to keep their daughters and earn cash by making beautiful hand-sewn products. Now, they joyfully work on their projects in their bamboo huts, knowing they can provide a future for their daughters.
Rescue is only the first step on the path to restoration for victims of exploitation and trafficking. Even after extensive therapy and time to heal, former victims are extremely vulnerable to being exploited again if they have no ability to earn a viable income and provide for themselves and their families. Without skills and jobs, the likelihood of being in harm’s way again is almost guaranteed.
Sak Saum recognizes this reality and is committed to ensuring that those in their care are equipped with skills, employment, and earn fair wages in a safe, loving environment. They also seek to pre-empt exploitation by equipping and hiring the most vulnerable in the local community before they fall prey to traffickers.
Every Sak Saum product is made by someone who now has skills and work with dignity. By purchasing a Sak Saum product, you are ensuring that the work of rescue, restoration, and transformation continues.
Treasures from the Heart
In Cambodia, AIDS is a growing crisis. The disease currently claims 4 percent of the population. Treasures from the Heart trains AIDS survivors to craft handmade items to they can support their families. This fair-trade organization restores self-worth to these artisans, who are rejected by their neighbors and sometimes their own families. The work gives them the hope to live with dignity. With counseling for victims, the organization invests personal time into every artisan it serves.