We welcome you and your youth to seed love inside Cambodian communities at our upcoming event – dedicated to building empathy within our community with real world outcomes!

This event is for all youth and their parents. To deepen our gratitude for what we have and share what we can with those less fortunate than ourselves.

This workshop will delve into understanding how lucky we are here in the Byron Shire through positive reinforcement of all we have. Paul will tell humorous story of his experiences building and working in schools in rural Sikkim, India to highlight how the joy of giving he experienced changed his life and how eggs and silk scarves were equal to the greatest gifts in the world. It will also provide an opportunity for our youth to make gifts and messages of love to rural Cambodian children – which will include giving kids a set of colour pencils – more many their first ever!)Further to this this event is a fundraiser to support Jenny Blyth (author of Down to Earth Birth and Birth Work) to return to Cambodia to continue training midwives, healthworkers, district trainers and obstetricians.

Jenny will gift our creations to these children when she visits.

Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a high maternal and infant mortality rate. Luang Prabang province is situated in the north of Laos where it is mountainous and populated with a great number of diverse ethnicities. Most villagers live at subsistence level.

A training was delivered in January and enthusiastically received, with heartfelt requests to return and do a follow-up training in December this year.

The follow up would entail visiting Luang Prabang Province in Northern Laos once again, and each of the district hospitals at Chomphet & Phonesay, where we would facilitate a 3-day workshop with participants coming in from their outlying villages.

Afterwards, Jenny and crew will travel to the most remote villages within each district to gain better insight into the way of life there, and the problems they face. (One young health worker who came from a remote outreach area, rode for 12 hours on a motorbike with her husband and baby to attend the workshop in Luang Prabang.)

This work saves lives, changes lives and empowers women throughout the country.

Jenny hopes to raise $10,000 and we are going to help her! 100% of proceeds from this event will go towards Jenny’s crowdfunding campaign.

This will cover bringing participants together and accommodating and feeding them for the duration of training at a district level. This will also cover the cost of a Laos translator, buy supplies and relevant equipment and education materials, and cover accommodation expenses.

Jenny is also in the process of publishing a booklet based on the posters we created for the initial training. This picture booklet with simple reminders and skills will become a template for use in any other culture.

They have also been invited to do further trainings within Laos, so are seeing this project as a long term one.

For our youth we are utilising this opportunity for them to have fun and create felt bags for the children of Cambodia which Jenny will take with her. The workshop will involve the youth sewing these bags together and placing prayers into the bag. Jenny has advised us this will be received with great gratitude and love and we look forward to sharing this time with you.

Pre-purchase your ‘Bag Making Kit’ online today and join us Friday October 27, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Mullumbimby Community Gardens. If you are unable to attend the Friday a bag can still be purchased and picked up and returned from Santos Organics Mullumbimby on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Please detail this when purchasing your ‘Bag Making Kit’. Instructions will be provided.

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