The main ethos behind Banteay Srey Boutique is Empowerment. Empowerment of women in particular, but also about the empowerment of families, communities and local artisans in Cambodia. We are just a small fish, in a big pond, who share the same ethos. Banteay Srey Boutique has chosen to partner with Friends-International by offering some of the wonderful jewellery created through the Child Safe network on our website.
The ChildSafe Movement is a global child protection system established by and powered by Friends-International.
Children and young people are traditionally protected by their families and their communities. However, in a rapidly changing development environment, these communities turn to Governments and NGOs to fulfil this role.
Both Banteay Srey Boutique and Friends International recognise that communities and individuals are dis-empowered or simply do not know how to react to situations of abuse of children. This leads to children being left unprotected and abuse becomes more common.
The ChildSafe Movement was designed to:
- Protect children & youth from all forms of abuse
- Prevent children & youth from engaging in dangerous behaviors
- Influence all tiers of society and the international community so they can create positive environments for children & youth
This is achieved by training and supporting key and strategic members of communities, raise awareness and promoting behaviour change among the general population and supporting behaviour change among tourists and travellers to reduce their social footprint.
Friends-International employ employ families of marginalized children and provide them with skills training to make products at home, in training centres and workshops.The aim is to provide stable and sustainable employment, income
generation, training and empowerment to the community. They also receive training in business, literacy and life skills.
The families receive money for every item they make and are able to provide for their children and send them to school.
All products are hand-made from mainly recycled materials to help reduce litter.
Banteay Srey has chosen to stock some these wonderful items which will be called our ‘Bead’ and ‘Silver’ Collections.
The stunning pieces in our ‘Bead’ Collection, which would be a great accessory to any Bohemian look, are actually made from recycled paper and magazines….
The elegant ‘Silver’ Collection, which would class up any outfit, is made from the everyday utensil of a spoon, which has been artistically manipulated and moulded into stunning rings, earrings and cuffs.
We have many variations, and you can be guaranteed though it make look the same of the surface, each piece is very special and unique down to each crease, fold, bend – depending on the artisan who made it. We are so happy to have these wonderful and ethical pieces available in our on-line store.
For more information on the work of Friends-International click here: http://friends-international.org/
Learn more about ChildSafe and what you can do whilst travelling in devoloping countres here: thinkchildsafe.org
Lots of Love,
Carol & Kim