Cambodia and the Somaly Mam Foundation

Hello Everyone!

I’m excited to share with you the events that are currently happening in my career and some in the very near future.

As many of you already know, this past winter was my 6th year working and creating at the Somaly Mam Foundation in  Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap, Cambodia. For those of you who are not aware, I teach creative skills to young girls and women who were once exploited in the sex industry. Now safe, healing, and free, these young women and little girls are finding their way back to a life where are loved, respected and educated. Somaly Mam, who was once a victim of this industry herself, is the president and co-founder of Somaly Mam Foundation.

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For six years I have devoted my winter recess from teaching at Hunter College and have lived and created with over 200 young women in Cambodia.  My first year there we made dolls, the second and third years we made wearable arts and hand bags, my fourth and fifth year there making  zoori slippers and felted flowers. My sixth year there we did a combination of all of these practices and in addition, the girls taught me paper basket weaving.

I continue to study Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. My first several years were filled with small, short phrases and exclamations but have now progressed to vocabulary focused on tools and processes.

I will return to Cambodia for my seventh year on December 23rd, 2013. We will create reversible dolls during this trip.

For more information, please visit: Somaly Mam Foundation

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