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Carpets for Communities………………………2 Poipet Commune…………………………………..3 How we do it…………………………………………5 Meet Lin Channa…………………………………...5 The rugs………………………………………………...6 Our impact…………………………………………….7 From labor fields to university………………7 How to get involved……………………………..9 Contact us……………………………………………11


Many children in Poipet, Cambodia are at high risk of child trafficking and prostitution as most resort to begging on the streets or working as child labour to support their families.

cicle of poverty A family lives below the national poverty line

Equally important, the children are deprived of the education that would otherwise enable them to improve their long-term livelihoods. Their families are in the cycle of poverty and CfC aims to empower families to break this poverty cycle. Founded in 2005 by the Social Entrepreneur David Bacon, CfC encourage micro-enterprise, which allows the mothers to send their children to school and gives the opportunity to 108 children get education and 43 families to have a more dignified and prosperous life.

As adults, their lack education limits income opportunities

Children forego school to support their family


In a city that’s economy is based on gambling and border crossing for commercial traffic, children grow in an environment of risk of exploitation, prostitution and non-education. Poipet is the 4th most populous settlement in Cambodia, it’s a key crossing point with Thailand been susceptible to economic crises and even to wars depending on the diplomatic situation between the two countries. Some numbers about Cambodia according to UNDP Human Development Report 2010: - 40,9% of the population don’t have access to education - The average education is 5,8 years - Per capita income is 1,18 (USD) - 1.304/million deaths by air/water pollution


Daily in Poipet


CfC targets women with children who forego school to work to support their families. With the money they earn from making carpets, the women can relieve their children from work and send them back to school. Our social workers help families with the transition and partner with school teachers to monitor the children's attendance.

Securing educational opportunities for the children today translates to improved livelihoods in the future. To sell the rugs providing profits to the families we count with a network of volunteers in Australia working managing retail activities and Market Stalls in 5 states.

In 2005 no one of Lin Channa’s 7 kids could attend school regularly because they had to work to support the family getting money to buy food and survive. Now all of them have the opportunity to study. As a CfC’s participant Channa’s avarage income more than tripled from $32 to $178/month from making carpets. Now she has not only money to survive but to invest. With the extra income, Channa is also able to purchase some pigs, rear and sell them for a profit. She feels confident that she can feed her children with food, prevent them from sickness and educate them to their fullest potential.


The rugs are high-quality, durable floor rugs of all sizes and in beautiful, colors. They are a nice design and eco-friendly option for any environment offering comfort for feet and elegance for the room. Made from recycled and reclaimed materials, our rugs are made from off-cuts, including postproduction T-shirt cotton purchased or donated from the garment factories in Cambodia; Hessian/Jute sacks (used rice bags) purchased from local communities, and cotton thread. They are also easy handle and can be vacuumed and machine-washed.


108 kids out of labor field and lead to school;

41 families producing carpets and receiving CfC’s support by social assistance and loans for health and economic issues. Vision: By 2012 we will return 2500 children at risk of exploitation to school by empowering 500 families in Cambodia and the world. Families average incomes: - from 63,5 to 125 (USD) = increasing of

96,8%

Hing Premprey and Tout Kimchhean, whose mothers joined CfC, crossed the border of the school and are going to university moving towards education.

Hing Premprey (left), an aspiring businessman, is looking forward to studying Management and Tourism.Tout Kimchhean (right) is eager to start his course in Electrical Engineering. “I would like to say thanks CfC and to all the donors for always helping my family.” Kimchhean said. Carpets for Communities keep supporting their education with a program that provides tuition fees, accommodation, transportation and school supplies for successful applicants.


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women can ensure their children education generating profits through the production of hand-made carpets.


Gnean Ouch, one of our mothers, making a carpet.


how to get involved Buy a carpet is only one of the ways to support Carpets for Communities and help those families to develop themselves and enable their children to go to school. Here are all the ways to get involved:

buying our products From an item for your house until a Corporate gift, our carpets can be a perfect choice when you need something innovative, useful and why not, ecofriendly and social responsible to decorate environments or present someone.

sponsoring CfC As an Organization, CfC has a lot of expenses with processes and production inputs. You can help us sponsoring the whole organization or one of these processes like the cotton supply, shipments, supporting the executive office or the activities in the market stalls in Australia.


donating to the families Those families already can send their children to school but they still with basic necessities like medicines and health care, money for children transportation and school supplies. The donated money will be converted in loans to the families and generate more improvement in their lives.

being a Project Partner Join CfC to build programs that besides the carpets production can improve the development of that community is other way to get involved. CfC believes if we combine our efforts we can make something bigger in a sense of improve our society and change the current world reality.


contact us To know more about the project and get involved with Carpets for Communities, access one of our communication channels. Website www.carpetsforcommunities.org Facebook www.facebook.com/carpetsforcommunities Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/carpets4communities

Luana NorĂľes External Relations Manager

luana.noroes@carpetsforcommunities.org Mobile: +855 (0) 78 732417 (Siem Reap – Cambodia)


thank you

Lonely Planet is the current National Executive Team sponsor and makes possible the fulltime work of an international team in Siem Reap - Cambodia. www.lonelyplanet.com.au

Footprint Photography is the responsible for this beautiful photographic work that illustrates this brochure. www.footprintphotography.com.au



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