Arts in Action in partnership with Carpets For Communities is very proud to host a special fundraiser film screening of Spinning Dreams Cambodia (Latenite Films 2011), which captures the spirit of adventure and humanity in an inspiring and moving documentary of a 400km journey across Indo-China undertaken by 9 young cyclists to raise awareness for sustainable livelihoods and development. During their journey, they meet up with the Australian not-for-profit social enterprise Carpets for Communities and learn how education and encouraging entrepreneurship is key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Cambodia.
Spinning Dreams Cambodia, is Gone Adventurin’s second project. The concept behind the project is to undertake a physically and mentally gruelling challenge to raise awareness for a sustainable social cause and thereby make a positive impact on society. The film has already been showcased in Singapore, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Phnom Penh, Launceston, Brisbane and Siem Reap. Funds raised through the screening of Spinning Dreams Cambodia goes specifically towards Carpets for Communities.
WATCH THE TRAILER
GUEST SPEAKER: David Bacon – Co Founder of Carpets for Communities will be along to share some of his experience from working on the ground and talk about CfC’s exciting plans for the future. David says that he started CfC because he couldn’t leave without trying to do something to help the lives of the children he befriended on the Thai-Cambodian border. He has a BA in Development Studies and is part way through is Masters in Anthropology and Development. He’s passionate about empowerment, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and any good solution to poverty, speaks very bad Khmer, loves riding a motorbike down back lanes in South East Asia and his message to everyone is that “if you have good intentions and a willingness to learn then persistence is the only key to making a real difference.”
Empowering Women To Break The Cylce of Poverty
Carpets for Communities (CfC) provides women of needy families with carpet-making supplies, equipment, and vocational training. They use their newly-acquired skills to hand-hook beautiful, export-quality rugs out of their homes. The carpets are bought back from the women at prices that guarantee living wages. Through this program, the women gain a sense of pride, not only from making high-quality products, but also from being able to support their families through their earned income. In addition to this, once the mothers have built up their personal capabilities and confidence CfC supports them in developing growing their own micro-enterprises, allowing them to gain that final stage of independence and empowerment.
So come along and join us for an evening of inspiration, energy and excitement! At the same time you will be helping to support the tremendous work of Carpets for Communities.
A range of beautiful hand crafted carpets made by women in Cambodia will be on display and available for sale on the night!
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