Happy Father’s Day

  • by 100 Good Things
  • June 19th, 2016
  • 2016, June
Sopheak at home
“He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” Tom Wolfe

 

One thing struck us when we visited Mr. Sopheak at home, some 20-minute tuk tuk ride from Phnom Penh city center (for those of you new to us, Mr. Sopheak is the creative, gentle soul who carves and crafts our brass bangles from disused bomb casings). He was doing the two most important things in his life and he wanted to do them well. His employment with the Cambodian co-op we choose to work with allows him the flexibility of caring for his young child.

Five days a week, he scoots off after lunch to pick up his child from school, then back to the workshop in the city. The little one amuses himself at home. Neighbors watch out for one another in a ‘hood that does not require doors to be shut.

Whenever necessary, daddy is able to work from home. His tools are organized in a small bag and his home is spartan save for a low table that is his work table. While he chips and hammers away, little son is playing nearby, comforted by the knowledge daddy is around.

The roof above the head, in a safe environment, is possible from a living wage that pays the bills in a fast modernizing city that is picking up good pace from decades of debilitating war.

Our conscious business choice path the way for equality, so a future generation of young Cambodians have access to the opportunities you and I enjoy. Your purchase of our products enable us to continue this work.

Bomb brass bangles

Speaking of work, we had a blast connecting with so many people at our last event at Kitchen by Food Rebel.

Food Rebel farmers market

We were surrounded by likeminded souls peddling everything that is green, wholesome and sustainable. We met so many people who cared about the same things. It was a very inspiring place to be. (In case you didn’t know, Kitchen by Food Rebel has Bulletproof coffee on the menu. Did you know this delicious coffee containing grass-fed butter and MCT oil is a brain food?)

Truthfully, we always have butterflies in the tummy whenever we put ourselves out there.

Can we answer all your questions? How do our products make a difference? Is it enough we care so much for the health of this planet and the people who bring us our produce and wares?

We wonder what we are doing here. All. The. Time. We are humbled by how little we know. By the seemingly insurmountable tasks that require us to learn, relearn and unlearn so many things. By the curveballs on the road.

Sticking to the known and tested is more comfortable and secure. But we set our intentions, take a deep breath and plunge in anyway.

Is it courage, faith or naivety? Probably all of the three.

We know we are at a very good place. And we are always at exactly where we need to be.

So see you at our next event?

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