As many of you know, I recently had the absolute honour of attending the About my Brain Institute, i4 Live Retreat to Cambodia.
Where we partnered with the NFP RAWImpactOrg to collaborate, give back & build a bamboo house for a Cambodian family in need. The experience is one I will never forget and it exceeded all my expectations.
A HUGE shout out to those of you who supported me in this endeavour to give back, your generosity was very much appreciated.
I’m not sure if my inspiration was sparked purely by the incredible Aussie family (Troy and Nicole Roberts) who have given up their privileged life in Australia to live permanently in Cambodia with their two baby girls to make a difference to others in need? Their own mission to raise awareness worldwide, to protect, educate and sustain the lives of others!
Or if it was the young 18yr old Aussie kids who’ve left high school & are volunteering years of their life to do the same? Or if it was the countless Cambodian locals we met, from young children to adult families who opened their hearts & their homes to welcome us into their village, to share, to give & to teach us more than we bargained for?
To be honest, upon reflection, it was a combination of all these things!
All these factors, led to a week of unparalleled experiences, learning, sharing, giving, growing (not to mention, a whole lot of crying as well)!
I want to introduce to you two of my new Khmer friends: Tre and Dany.
These are just two of the local legends of the RAW Crew who are the real heroes driving the RAW projects every day.
Tre, my little 17yr old local Khmer mate!
One of the local builders on the tools building bamboo homes. He could speak just a few words in English and me, I was was pretty useless in Khmer. Yet for days we worked alongside each other, him my mentor. Me, the budding apprentice. Patiently he would show me how to tie a lashing, drill holes into the bamboo whilst balancing on dodgy scaffolding and how to shoot the nail gun (without the safety latch) all in 40 degrees heat and 100% humidity. Whilst us apprentice Aussies were breaking for water, Tre kept on working, diligently - his dedication, inspiring.
Then here is Dany a social worker!
Dany is the conduit between the RAW Team and the local families. Uneducated and poor she made it her mission to get herself an education so that she could help educate poor kids & Cambodians around debt issues to empower the next generation & improve their lives.
Listening to the impact that RAW Crew has had on Dany’s life & the lives of the locals living in the slums was unbelievable! (many many tears were shed that day).
Here’s the dilemma I now face…
Unlike Troy and Nicole, I’m not as selfless & am not prepared to pack up my life & move to Cambodia. So the question I was left pondering was as I returned to my beautiful life was, how can I continue to help them in their quest to make a difference?
I came up with three keys ways:
I can raise awareness about the fabulous non for profit: RAWImpact and share the success stories of the impact of their work on real people & real lives.
I get involved again in further building missions.
I can support them financially in their mission to employ, educate & build sustainable living.
You too can do the same.
- Jump online, check them out, like them on Facebook & share their journey & success stories.
- Grab a bunch of mates & sign yourself up for a future building mission, trust me - you won’t regret it; or if building is not your thing
- You can support legends like Tre or Dany or the RAW Impact Movement by either donating to my fundraising with a one off amount here OR you can offer ongoing support to the RAW Crew here.
Every effort & dollar counts!
BLYTHE ROWE & Her Life on Heels.
The founder & director of Human Incite, is widely recognised for her passion, energy and her ability to shake things up. Blythe is brilliant at revving-up productivity & performance in organisations. Her passion made her to be an advocate in creating sustainable behavioural changes & creating meaningful relationships both personally and professionally with her most recent Keynote 'Science of Connection'. Her enthusiasm simply is infectious.
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RAW Impact is determined to work with Khmers not only to collaborate but also to provide housing, education, opportunities to learn skills, financial advice to local village people. RAWImpact's Cambodia crew are crucial to making this happen!
This is why RAWImpact needs our support to continuously work with Khmer people who are passionate and dedicated to bring positivity into their community.
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RAW Impact is a registered non profit organisation in Cambodia. In Australia, we are partnered with Global Development Group (GDG) who help us deliver quality aid and development projects.
RAW Impact runs on volunteer power and they support sustainable and innovative projects with a hand-up model, focusing on simple yet powerful ways to change the game for the poorest of the poor by equipping and inspiring them forward.
So, give generously and let's make a difference!