Monday, February 28, 2011

Somaly Mam: helping girls laugh & play, again & again

Me / Somaly Mam

Under a Tree Clothing Exchange chooses to support Project future.
Project Future is a not for profit organisation inspired by the story of former Cambodian sex slave, Somaly Mam.
I was so honoured to sit next to Somaly Mam this month at Project Futures launch. She was shining with beads and grace. I was moved by Somaly's courage to act on her compassion.She was a victim but has made the stand to become the voice to the voiceless. This is something that moves me to tears.
Somaly Mam shared with me what it is we can do to help.
She spoke about giving from the heart. The girls need to know that they are loved and accepted, it gives the girls the possibility to dream, to live again.
Did you know that 1 in 40 girls in Cambodia have been sold into sexual slavery?


  1. Nothing is impossible with God. Excited to see what the future holds for you Louise, and these priceless girls you are helping to rescue.

  2. Thank you Louise, for organizing a great day today at the pot of tea under a tree clothing exchange today. You speech moved me, my eyes got rather "misty". I am so privileged to chat to you today and see your contagious passion and determination to support Somaly Mam rescue and rehabilitate all those girls in the worst circumstance.
    I will keep in touch to see where I can help you out with such a worthy cause.
    I cannot forget those girls, when I look at my precious 5yrold girl my heart breaks for the children who's childhood was snatched away.

    I will be bringing a gang of girls next event! Thanks again xoxo

  3. What a wonderful afternoon!
    We had a beautiful time today at the Under a Tree Clothing Exchange event. Everything was just lovely.
    Wonderful women, Delightful atmosphere, Magic music, Delicious tea and biscuits,...and brilliant swaps!!!
    Who would have thought being sustainable in fashion would be so much fun.
    To top it off...we paid for 2 girls out of prostitution today!
    Thank you Louise.
    Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to participate in something so beautiful and effective.
    I'm looking forward to the next one!

  4. Thank you so much for coming and supporting Under a Tree Clothing Exchange. Because of your participation we have been able to donate the equivilant amount for 2 girls to be free from brothels in Cambodia. 2 little girls lives were saved becuase of your generosity!
    The afternoon was a great success and everything went beautifully. I'm very much looking forward to the next one in July..... Much love, Louise (from a pot of tea under a tree)

  5. Sorry for the bad grammar in that last post. How much is it to free two more girls? I want to donate that amount to bring it up to four. Email me