Senhoa Foundation

Supporting vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration, and programs for self-empowerment. We believe in: - Income generation so that vulnerable women can gain economic independence. - Educational and social programs for intellectual empowerment. - Using business sensibilities to achieve humanitarian goals.
Jun 26, 2013

Updates in Photos

Hello, Senhoa loves,

Here are some updates in photos:

Senhoa was featured in Australian airline Qantas’ award-winning inflight magazine The Australian Way:

Senhoa volunteers preparing and packing the beads for our 700-unit order from The Fancy!

The Fancy is a social networking webstore, self-described as “part store, blog, magazine and wishlist.”  Users connect through shared tastes of products and can purchase these wish items on the website.  They offer a monthly subscription service in which users pay $39/month to receive a package of cool, interesting products.  Our champion Coco Rocha was commissioned to curate a box, and she asked Senhoa to design earrings for this project.  We are excited to share our beautiful jewelry and story with The Fancy fans!  “Discover amazing stuff” at http://www.fancy.com/!

Our Creative Director Jenny and her volunteers made cute gifts for the artisans in our jewelry program :) :

Senhoa at Phnom Penh Designers Week in Cambodia!  Here is our Jewelry Program Director Linda with our Southeast Asia Swarovski Elements team:

Goodies from Phnom Penh Designers Week:

SNEAK PEEK: Sangita Patel, co-host for Entertainment Tonight Canada, wearing a beautiful necklace from our Grace collection, which will launch at the end of the year, at the Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards 2013:

We just received our copies of This Is No Ordinary Joy: How the Courage of Survivors Transformed My Life (written by founder of Made by Survivors and our land-standing partner Sarah Symons) yesterday, and I already started on this amazing read.


Sarah: “My journey has taken me to some of the darkest places on the face of the earth, and brought me into contact with the most depraved elements of humanity, as well as the most courageous and beautiful. Along the way, I’ve spent long hours sitting on the dirt floors of shelters and red light districts, I have feared for my life, scattered my wallets, keys and other belongings across South Asia, met heroes in the most unlikely places, re-envisioned my marriage, flirted with despair, and helped thousands of survivors rebuild their lives…”

Learn about Sarah’s discoveries, struggles and triumphs on her journey into the darkness of modern slavery in Southeast Asia and how it led her to start her international charity to provide economic opportunities for survivors. Get your copy on Amazon.com today!  http://www.amazon.com/This-Ordinary-Joy-Survivors-Transformed/dp/0615820980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370976664&sr=8-1&keywords=this+is+no+ordinary+joy

<3 S

Jun 26, 2013

New Playground for LKC

Dear Readers,

We have some awesome news!  Our Lotus Kids’ Club got a brand new playground–the first the kids have ever seen!  Steve, our project consultant, talks about the amazing gift below:

  LKC Wins the Lottery:  Ok, the Lotus Kids Club has not actually won a lottery, but that’s what it felt like after Lisa and I met with Solera.  Solera is a company based in Dallas, Texas who has taken an interest in Senhoa’s community program the Lotus Kids Club and wants to help in a big way.  They have already provided the funding for a playground that we desperately needed for the children we serve.  And the playground is built!  It has truly enriched our program and provided hours of fun for all ages of the community of kids we serve.  I should mention the proposal was submitted by Daniel, owner of Tangram Garden restaurant in Siem Reap, through Trails of Indochina, a unique tour company.

  The playground came out of a proposal written explaining our need for a space so our young children could develop their gross motor skills and the older children could participate in active play promoting cooperation.  Without seeing the LKC program Solera decided to fund the playground construction.  We were thrilled because it was a dream come true for us.  We had to start the ball rolling quickly because we were told they wanted to come and help with the construction, @ 20 folks.  Of course I thought “sure they’re going to help in 99F/37C  heat”?!  No way.  How wrong I was because when they arrived it was indeed HOT and HUMID but they got to work digging, hauling bricks, and doing whatever was needed.  I was duly impressed.

  And Tony the founder/CEO was right in the thick of it, though I think he enjoyed more his time playing with some of the kids.  His assistant Katie was clearly having fun with the kids.  After a few hours we met with Tony and Katie before they left and they expressed interest in continuing to help LKC.  The meeting was short but it seemed a strong connection was made.  They are very honest and down to earth folks.  They said they would return in a couple of months and I put them in contact with Lisa.

The playground (sorry the picture is from a bad angle)

  Fortunately they were returning when Lisa was planning a site visit to Senhoa in Siem Reap.  I was thrilled that would be the case as I thought they really needed to meet Lisa.  So in April we all got together and when Tony and Katie began talking about what they hoped to accomplish for LKC I felt like they were reading our minds.  Much of their vision of how to best help us was in line with what we have always hoped to accomplish if we had the resources to do so.  They want to provide us with those resources.

  So now the work has begun.  We are drafting and submitting plans for professional staff development, a focus on the children’s health and continuing education, a family development approach, vocational training, micro loans and finding ways to involve the community as a whole in helping themselves escape the cycle of poverty.  We are realistic and realize the challenges we face yet optimistic because we have seen change and know it can happen.  It will be a group effort from Senhoa HQ, the LKC staff, the youth, the families and the community we serve.  I believe we are on a path to bring significant change that will continue to grow through generations.  Wish us luck.

Love,

Sylvia Dang

Apr 2, 2013

Passing On the Baton

O.O.H Program

'O.O.H Program' is our revamped name for the Jewelry & Life Skills Program. We got a little tired of saying (and typing) such a long and literal name for a life-changing program. Where's the creativity? Where's the pizazz? Finally, after much brainstorming, we came up with a name that everyone concurred to: 'Our Own Hands'. Not only do the girls produce beautiful jewelry, literally, with their own hands, but they are also taking their life and future into their own hands. So supporters and donors, if you've seen 'O.O.H' splashed around, you now know what we're referring to!

The O.O.H Program saw its 2nd graduation last year in December with 11 graduating students. 4 of whom were offered full-time positions from their working internships during the program. The girls were also offered the chance to apply for a position in the 'Artisans Program' (a graduate program for girls who'd successfully undergone the life-skills component) to work as part-time jewellers, focusing on design and production, as well as continued training in structured, fair employment. 

It hasn't just been accreditation gain for our girls. They have been gaining lots more energy and healthy weight from our newly initiated Nutritious Snack scheme. We were receiving a lot of complaints from the girls who were always tired, weak and quite thin. They thought they were sick, but we were quick to see that they were actually underfed. We wanted to demonstrate through the scheme what kinds of healthy choices the girls can make with their food purchases as well as feel the benefits of proper nourishment. 

It's also taking the girls less effort climbing stairs and riding bicycles, for their fitness has improved immensely! Under the instruction of Natalie Deuschle, the girls have been practicing yoga an hour a week, getting familiar with their bodies, developing their coordination and learning the healing power of silence and reflection.

Thank you for your contineous support and for leaving heartprints of kindness and compassion

With Deep Gratitude,

Senhoa Foundation

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