Things have changed quickly. Oh so quickly. Australia’s borders are closed. At least a million Australians are out of a job. Those people who can are working from home. People are dying. It’s a tough time for all. The silver lining is that the government are providing stimulus packages to try and help us get through the other end.
A country that doesn’t have that luxury is Cambodia.
I honestly don’t know how they are going to weather the storm. Entertainment venues have closed. International tourism is non-existent. Schools have been shut. It looks like the garment sector, which employs half a million people, will also be closed.
But there aren’t any stimulus packages there. If your income is gone, it’s gone. Goodbye. You are on your own (or, if you do have a family member who is fortunate enough to keep their job, you are reliant on them).
My favourite social enterprise, Cambodia Knits, is also feeling the impact of COVID-19.
Their sales have been slowing since the beginning of the year. They have made a lot of changes to their operations to get through this, but their knitters’ jobs are at risk.
Cambodia Knits was founded to create employment opportunities for those who do not have access otherwise. The employment they provide literally puts meals on the table. Children into school. Roofs over heads.
But due to the downfall of the tourism industry and the tightening of belts, demand for the stunning toys that Cambodia Knits produces has been drastically reduced.
They are committed to saving the jobs of their knitters so they can get through the other side, but in order to do this, they need our help.
You can become a supporter on Patreon from just USD$5 a month, and keep a woman employed. Now is the time for those people who are able to, to step up and support others. I have signed up to be a patron – I actually cancelled my Apple Music subscription so I could support two Cambodian organisations I truly believe in.
It doesn’t take much to make a difference, and I am proud to give up what is a luxury for me in order to help others. I am urging you to do the same.
I have said it before, and I will continue saying it. We are all in this together.