The Antoinette Earrings made by girls in Cambodia
It seems that time passes ever so quickly when exciting things are happening!
On March 8th, we celebrated International Women's Day with the launch of our third collection Pavo: Love, Patience & Strength, inspired by our Creative Director Jenny Van. In preparation for the new collection, Jenny flew to Cambodia to teach 20 girls how to become beading artists. Using beads donated by Bead & Button Magazine, the girls practiced the art of wiring, wrapping, stringing, color scheming and much more!
Then on March 10th, Senhoa was selected to present at an International Woman’s Day event organized by Accenture, Singapore. The objective of the event was to acknowledge the fast-rising movement of women's empowerment around the world. We had 25 minutes in front of our well-to-do Singaporean Corporate counterparts to make known the issue of human trafficking and Senhoa's efforts in addressing this issue. Our Country Director from Cambodia spoke from first-hand experience on programs which teaches the girls their value and beauty as women, provides them with the foundations for learning, and exposes them to a more meaningful world. The audience was completely engaged and responded with nods of acknowledgement, head shakes of disbelief, and smiles of appreciation. We were also able to set up a display for the promotion and sales of our jewelry. Having seen the hands from which the collection bloomed and then seeing it showcased in a 5-Star Business Hotel in Singapore caused a swelling pride and joyful tears! All of the original jewelry pieces, designed and made by the girls, were admired and resulted in over $4000 of sales!
CURRENTLY, we are working on the creation and production of a bridal collection! Supermodel Coco Rocha recently debuted a piece from the collection at Isaac Mizrahi's Good Shepard services event!
We are also excited to report a pilot program which is currently under way in Kolkata, India to evaluate the prospect of extending Senhoa's services to young women in a new corner of the world. Similar to our program in Cambodia, we are bringing to India income generating opportunities and life skills training for victims of human trafficking and for young women who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation. We currently have ten girls in the program, which is conducted in cooperation with the Women’s Interlink Foundation (www.womensinterlinkfoundation.org) and Made by Survivors (www.madebysurvivors.com).
Recently the girls in our India pilot program were asked, "If you could be anything in this world, what would you want to be and why?" A gentle sixteen-year-old voice replied, “I want to be a tree to bear fruits for people to eat.” It is this kind of simple and innocent thinking that reminds us of the resilience in these girls. They have each lived through a horrific and traumatic past, yet they face the world with a smile and are full of hopes and dreams. Moments like this are the reason Senhoa chooses to continue our tireless efforts to make those hopes and dreams a reality.
As you can see, doors are being opened one after another here at Senhoa as we continue to move forward! We thank you for your continued support and invite you to keep up with us regularly at www.senhoa.blogspot.com.
Senhoa Pilot Program in India
Girls in the Senhoa Pilot Program in India
Supermodel Coco Rocha in a Senhoa Bracelet