I did a thing, and i've been dying to share!
A few years back, I learned about the Justice and Soul Foundation, and their mission to provide hope, through vocational training for at-risk youth and those who have been enslaved sex trafficking, in the U.S and abroad.
One of the founders of Justice and Soul, Matthew Fairfax, shares in one of the videos below, that he was unaware that the U.S has over 100,00 trafficked teens, and that Seattle has the 3rd highest number of trafficked people in the nation. I was also unaware, and horrified to learn that upsetting reality.
Although Seattle is the 3rd highest area for trafficking in the nation, we are still incredibly fortunate. Many in other countries are in much more dire and vulnerable positions than in any cities in the U.S.
Justice and Soul is doing so much to impact the problem of human trafficking, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a part of it.
September 2017, I am off on an incredible, 4 week journey to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Justice and Soul has established the Kate Korpi Salon and Academy, a high-end western-style salon and academy currently staffed by western-trained stylists. These stylists are primarily from the United States and other developed countries, some full-time and some volunteer Guest Artists. The pricing model has been set to attract clients with the means to pay western prices (wealthy Cambodian women and expatriates, and sympathetic tourists.). All profits from the salon go toward supporting the academy with the intention of creating a self-sustaining operation after three years.
With the support of my staff, clients, friends and family, I hope to be able to raise the funds necessary to allow me to travel to Phnom Penh as a volunteer guest artist, and leave the salon to my capable team for 4 weeks.
Being given the opportunity to use the skills I've acquired in my 11 years in this industry to make an impact on the lives of others makes me feel incredibly fortunate. I am certain that this experience will make an impact on my life as well.
I thank you for any support you are able to give, be it words of wisdom and encouragement, or monetary support. I can't wait to begin this journey!
Donate at: gofundme.com/MaxwellSalonCares
If you're interested in learning more about how Justice and Soul is making an impact, visit their website: Justiceandsoul.org