Posts Tagged With: women

In preparation for Wool for Womeen

Late tomorrow night, two AWARE volunteers are flying to Cambodia to teach women how to crochet. Volunteers Louella and Stacey have been testing out patterns and perfecting their skills.

I cannot wait to see the teddy’s, cardigans, hats, and broaches that they make through Wool for Women. This program focuses on bringing new skills to women through crocheting to help build up their arsenal of skills to ensure they can earn a decent livelihood. AWARE is partnering with Dorsu to help give women in Kampot, Cambodia the tools to work towards their ideal future.

Thanks to you, we received hundreds of dollars in donations and in kind gifts to bring wool and crochet hooks to Cambodia. Wool was arriving by the box!

Last weekend, Stacey and I took a trip to the Bendigo Woollen Mills to purchase even more wool! After a  long drive from Melbourne, we arrived at the mills to be greeted by every crafters favourite sight: skeins upon skeins of wool!

I’ll be bringing you live updates from their work in Cambodia!

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Aware is…Louella, Program Manager

Over the next couple of weeks, we want you to get to know the fabulous volunteers that make Aware tick. We’ve profiled all of our volunteers, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them

What’s your role at Aware?

Hello,  I’m Louella and I am assisting AWARE in designing an art program for refugee children in Melbourne. Soon, I’ll be assisting AWARE in delivering its Wool for Women program in Kampot, Cambodia.

I have only been involved with AWARE since March this year and am incredibly humbled to be involved with such a lovely bunch of people so dedicated to bringing about positive change in the lives of others.

What’s your day job?

International Development Student, perpetual daydreamer, and barista.

 What sparked your interest in volunteering for Aware?

Several things really! Firstly, I have been searching for an engaging, challenging, and rewarding volunteer position for several months. By engaging I mean one which didn’t involve filing paperwork and answering the telephone – I needed something a little more practical and hands on! Secondly, Stacey (Aware’s director) and I met at uni and were both looking for the same thing: to work on projects that engage and empower refugee children in some way in Melbourne. Thirdly, I really really love the idea Aware represents in designing engaging programs using art as a tool to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth.

What have been some of the highlights of volunteering at Aware thus far?

Learning to crochet for our Cambodia trip obviously! But how can I pick just one? Meeting like minded people has been lovely, seeing the dedication of Aware’s volunteers, and Stacey has been motivating and inspiring.

Going to Cambodia will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait to be involved in what will surely be just one of many field trips for Aware!

This post was written by Aware volunteer, Louella.

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Sustainable Development – what does that even mean?

In a recent article in The Conversation about sustainable development raised some interesting points on government’s lack of initiative when it comes to implementing policy.

Basically the article’s conclusion is that without a united vision for a country or a world for generations to come sustainable development falls flat within policy creation.

The author, Mike Burbridge writes:

Let’s be clear: we are all the same. We care about improving our quality of life as we see it. But we all have different views about the time frames that encircle our decision making. Sustainable development doesn’t: it is blind when it comes to time. There is simply no question: sustainable development requires that we think about generations to come. It requires that decisions we take or policies we announce today take into account the effects on tomorrow’s generation

What does this have to do with Aware you ask?

Well, we’re offering up our vision for a sustainable future and sustainable development. We’re suggesting that encouraging self-empowerment through art, crafts, and education will create new visions for what sustainable communities could look like.

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You’re Invited!

About two months ago, Aware hosted a fundraiser at the Palace Kino in Melbourne to raise money for our Kenya and Cambodia programs. It was so successful, that we are going to do it again!

This time – the film is The Lady (see below for the trailer) and all the proceeds go to Wool for Women, the program we are launching in June in Cambodia.

We are partnering with Dorsu and CLS to bring employment opportunities to women in Cambodia through skills like crocheting and knitting.

Please join us for the:
Film Night Fundraiser
‘The Lady’
April 29th, 6.30pm, Palace Kino
Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the project
Email for tickets.

Can’t make it on the 29th of April, don’t worry there are still plenty of ways to get involved with Wool for Women you could donate some wool, needles or hooks, patterns, and other supplies – get in touch to find out more!

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Behind the scenes: project preperation

We’re launching a program in Cambodia, Wool for Women, that will help to increase the skill set of women through crafting for more information check out our projects page

Hi, my name’s Lily and I’m the resident blogger for Aware. I get to share stories of programs and volunteers after they’ve happened, but I don’t often get to be apart of the “action” – the implementation of programs.

I talk about the outcomes of our programs a lot.

I talk about the fundraising and the partnerships that make programs successful.

Last week, I was able to help out in some of the preparation for Wool for Women by having a crochet lesson by Aware’s Director, Stacey.

I got a lesson in the five basic crochet stitches and how to read patterns.

Then we got to work in making a hat for a baby.

A few hours later we got this:

I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to make a hat and a very adorable flower, if I do say so myself.

Of course, in Wool for Women they won’t be making just hats – but teddies, bags, and other clothing!

If you’re interested in Wool for Women and how you could help, please contact Stacey at

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