Looking at the Sak Saum table covered with bags and purses the focus isn’t just the beautiful handmade bags, but the stories from girls in Cambodia that make the bags. Thoughts, talents and love had been put into each one and the outcome is stunning. Every women walking by the Sak Saum booth at The Justice Conference couldn’t resist stopping, touching and complementing. The volunteers and staff never got tired of telling the stories behind the bags over and over again.
Sak Saum is a ministry that offers rescue, rehabilitation and restoration to vulnerable and exploited women who have experienced firsthand the devastation of trafficking in Cambodia.
Sak Saum believes that full restoration of trafficked victims requires treating the body, mind, emotions and spirit. For that reason, Sak Saum specifically works with women who are motivated to see themselves changed and empowered.
The program is free of charge. Along with basic education, Sak Saum teaches conflict resolution, parenting skills, healthy identity, positive relationship building, English language, and basic health care and hygiene. Women also have the opportunity to participate in fun, extracurricular activities and classes including traditional Khmer dance.
Their goal is to create a ministry that is sustained solely through the sale of the product. Over the last several years, they have been expanding business ventures in the United States, Australia, Japan, Malaysia and other locations through advocates selling product at home parties, conferences, events and churches.
Check out our new friends and read more about their inspiring work at http://www.saksaum.org/