A Crafternoon in Cambodia

During my time in Cambodia running Wool for Women, I took some time out to get to know an amazing social enterprise in Batambang – Kinyei. Promoting sustainable travel they run socially responsible bike tours, have a café which serves the best coffee in town, and provide jobs and training to young people. They also have a space dedicated to exhibiting local art. With our mutual interest in working with young people and creativity, I couldn’t help but get involved.

Aware sponsored an afternoon of art and craft within the art space above Kinyei café. We spent hours drawing, cutting, pasting, stitching, creating and having fun. We made broaches, embroidered signs, made paper decorations, sketched and more. It was a lovely way to bring the community together in a safe and fun space. The craft materials that I left with the group have been used in a second workshop, organised by Kinyei staff, creating decorations to liven up the café.

The community of Kinyei – and in particular the young people – relish the chance to get creative and express themselves. In the future, Aware will assist Kinyei in running regular arts workshops, with the aim of building self-confidence in the youth of Batambang.

Check out Kinyei’s projects,

 

Written by volunteer, Stacey

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Categories: Cambodia, Projects, Stories from Volunteers | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “A Crafternoon in Cambodia

  1. We loved having you, Stacy! Thanks again for sharing your passion, skills and time with us in Battambang. There are lots of new wind mobiles and paper ornaments around the cafe – we’ll send you some images. Hope to see you back in Battambang, and crafting again soon! Be well, and all the best to Aware and it’s projects and people!

  2. So inspiring! Looks like a fantastic community-building craft event!

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