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Socially responsible enterprises provide sustainable travel opportunities in Phnom Penh

 

Daughters of Cambodia is a faith-based group of non profit social enterprises operating in Phnom Penh with the sole purpose of offering a new life of freedom to victims of sex-trafficking and sex-exploitation in Cambodia.
Daughters has several small businesses to provide jobs and training to girls who leave the sex industry. Their businesses are fair trade, where they provide higher salaries than in other comparable businesses in Cambodia and good working conditions.

1.Social Cafés to empower women

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Dining with a purpose !

Sugar ‘n Spice Cafés are fully-operational restaurants offering a delicious range of foods sure to please any palate. But more than that, their cafés are vocational training centers, where girls who have been trafficked into Cambodia’s murky sex industry can start a new life. Central to Daughters’ mission is the provision of alternative employment for victims of sex trafficking. Their restaurants provide fair-trade jobs while producing an income stream that is reinvested in Daughters’ programs.

2. Charity Shop for a social travel : Daughters’ Boutique

 

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The Daughters of Cambodia Boutique is the perfect showcase to purchase beautiful gifts that not only delight but also change lives. On display you will find fashion accessories including jewelry, scarves and bags, children’s toys, men’s products, T-shirts, and home décor.

Every item sold in the Daughters’ Boutique is produced by young women and men who were formerly trafficked into the sex industry are able to start a new life.

Daughters of Cambodia prioritize fair-trade conditions in all their businesses; clients are paid equitable salaries and have working conditions that promote health and welfare, along with a large number of free supplementary services.

3.Social Guesthouse for a sustainable tourism : White Linen Guesthouse

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In White Linen Guesthouse, you can rest assured in the knowledge that your stay is exploitation free and that you are even helping victims of trafficking to start dreaming again.
These comfortable lounges, common kitchens and flexible booking options from single suites to entire floors, make White Linen a convenient choice for families and groups, while our complimentary breakfasts cooked just for you and our breezy balconies are welcoming for vacationers and couples.

Here you can travel and help at the same time !

4.Social Spa : Hands’n Feet Spa

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Weary travelers in need of relaxation will find just what they’re looking for at our Hands ‘n Feet Spa for women. Hands ‘n Feet Spa offers an array of massage treatments specializing in techniques for hands, feet, head and shoulders. For women looking to add some sparkle to their look, the spa also offers manicure and pedicure treatments, including intricate, hand-painted nail designs, at unbeatable prices.

A registered Canadian massage therapist trained all of their spa staff, and is evident in the staff’s professionalism and techniques. Just a 30-minute session in their gifted hands will leave you refreshed, restored and re-energized, to get up and go again.

For more information about Daughters of Cambodia, click here  and follow them on Facebook !

You can also send an e-mail to Erin Foley at communications@daughtersofcambodia.org !

Charity Shop and social travel

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Unique Thai home stays and tours to support social project

 

Local Alike partners with local villages in Thailand to offer you the best authentic experience in Thailand. Their immersive trips encourage you to live like a local; they also facilitate cultural exchanges between you and local friends.

This social enterprise has five key goals in making a positive impact on society; these are:

  • To foster the fair distribution of income to the local community
  • Promote a good quality of life for people in the community
  • Promote conservation of cultural arts and local wisdom
  • Reduce migration from rural to urban areas
  • Promote cultural exchanges between tourists and the community by creating alternatives for visitors to make contact with the local culture and lifestyle and experience it deeply.

Currently travel services come in three forms: the overnight Village Tour travel program, Day Tours, and the Activity-Based Tourism half-day tours. Aside from this, Local Alike also provides customized design and development of tour routes for tourists, schools, and other organizations.

To read some of the social impact stories created by Local Alike, check out their photo journal here.

If you want to book an activity, please visit their website here ! You can also visit their Facebook page here !

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Soulcial City Walks

 

The Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk aims to make the story of the children of the street heard and to give us a view of their world through their eyes. Participants of City Walk get to go on a journey through the enchanting streets of the inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi railway station, led by a child who was once living and working on the streets. This walk takes you on a journey through the backstreets of Delhi with a child who has been fully trained as a local guide. It’s a unique way of providing an insight into the lives of these children and an opportunity for them to improve their communication and speaking skills.

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The confidence and witty smiles of these guides have little trace of the years spent on the streets of New Delhi. The past is however, very much present on the Walk. For the guides, it is a walk down the memory lane, the places held dear to them and how they faced the odds to survive to be where they stand proudly today. Whether your guide is Satender, Ajay, Iqbal, Tabrez, Tariq or any other City Walk Guide, feel free to question and learn as much as you can of life on the streets. And you might realize, as you walk along, that the distance you covered was much greater than that between the New Delhi Railway Station and the SBT office.

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So come, join them to take a walk in the back alleys of Delhi. Be careful though. Dreams have a way of rubbing off!

More curious ? Click here !

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Soulcial skating in Delhi!

 

Looking for a fun and soulcial activity for the kids during the holidays or on weekends?

India’s only indoor skate park in all of India is an excellent way to keep them active. It’s inexpensive, social and only 10 minutes drive from Saket malls in South Delhi.

Timings are daily 2-9PM, Sunday 3-7PM

Cost: RS. 200 per day or RS. 1000 per month. Ladies always get 50% discount… RS. 100 daily, RS. 500 monthly.

Why Soulcial? If you pay Rs. 2000 per month, this gives you and 2 other children from local street and slum projects unlimited entry – one paid for by you, the other by Freemotion. Freemotion is involved in capacity building to develop skills among children who are the most endangered and potentially victims of trafficing.  

Anyone is welcome regardless of skill level, age, etc. Boards, pads, helmets available for free use if you don’t have your own. They even sell new skateboards if you wish to buy one.

Trainers are available for general instruction during open hours for free;  individual classes cost RS. 500 per hour

Before 2PM the skate park is available for birthday parties, etc.

For more information: http://freemotionsk8.com

Address:

K.D. Plaza Basement
Freedom Fighters Enclave
Neb Sarai
New Delhi 110 068
Btn Gates 2&3 on IGNOU Rd

Steve@freemotionsk8.com

Tel: +91 88269 65320

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Village walk with Kamalini

 

Kamalini invites you to experience Shahpur Jat village in South Delhi. Kamalini, an NGO based in Shahpur Jat organises village walks on request.

You will discover the history of this wonderful village, visit 14th century monuments and see fashion designers at work in their workshops. The walk concludes with a visit of our project centre where you can meet the beneficaries of our work.

Kamalini, founded in 2007, provides basic literary and vocational training to underpriveleged girls and women in Delhi. The different courses aim to provide basic skills, enhance confidence and help them with employable skills;

The funds raised through the participation fee enables Kamalini to cater to the needs of many underpriveleged women.

For more information, please visit our website

Alternatively you can contact us by email or telephone: rgeorge@kamalini.org
Tel: +91 971 777 9815.
Kamalini Vocational Training Centre for Women, 33 Shahpur Jat, 110049 New Delhi.

We look forward to welcoming you…!

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Soulcial stitching in Saket

 

If you are looking to have a suit or dress made, curtains, bed linen, or just want to have clothing let in or out or turned up you would be doing a great service by choosing Sun Enterprises, a tailor which makes far more than just clothes…

Located near Saket metro station in New Delhi, Sun Enterprises provides a range of garment stitching and creation services.

But more importantly, Sun Enterprises founder Kuku Arora is the heart and soul behind The Sunshine Project (www.sunshineproject-delhi.org), an NGO which provides day care, education and food for around 170 slum and street children. Kuku set up and runs the education project with the profits from his tailoring business, as well as donations from volunteers and sponsors.

The project is located on the same premises as the tailor’s workshop, so you can also help out and volunteer while your clothes are being made or amended! Whether by reading stories, speaking English, doing some theatre or singing with the children, your time will be appreciated far more than you can imagine!

The address of Sun Enterprises is: 63, 1st Floor, Kehar Singh Estate, Saidulajab, 110030 New Delhi.
You can call in advance to make an appointment on 981 11 138 280.

A sticth in time can mean a whole lot more!

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Pasta with a punch – delivered to your doorstep!

Did you imagine that when buying your groceries you could make a difference to someone’s life? Well now you can…
Home made pasta and freshly made sauces delivered to your doorstep is somewhat of a luxury, whether by Indian or European standards. An education is also somewhat of a luxury for many children in India, as you well know.

Now you can combine your luxury with theirs.

When you buy your pasta from DP Fresh Pasta services, a social enterprise created by a Dutch born education worker, you are helping fund the education of many slum dwelling children in the suburbs of Delhi. The proceeds of the sales – 90% of profits – are invested into providing free education and training to children and adults through the Dili Trust association (http://www.diliwebsite.com).

And if that doesn’t sound good enough, wait until you try the pasta and sumptuous sources that they also make. Freshly made tagliatelle, spagetti and lasagna with a choice of basic or wholewheat flour and yolk or eggless, not to forget the ravioli stuffed with chicken or mutton kebab or even gouda or cheddar cheese.

Plain or chunky tomato sauce or basic alfredo sauce can also be ordered to accompany the feast fit for a diva or Roman emperor!

To order, simply go to the company website: www.dpfreshpastaservices.in, send an email to info@dpfreshpastaservices or call on 96 50 10 59 89.

And spread the word… Pasta has never tasted so sweet!

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Ethical Stay in New Delhi

Welcome to Bed&Chaï Masala!

This quiet and comfortable Guesthouse is special for us as we are working in partnership with ESCIP NGO, which is situated on the ground floor of the building.

ESCIP (Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons India Trust) is teaching quadriplegic people how to live an independent life, to be productively employed and to contribute to society as much as any other citizen.

Bed&Chaï Masala give them support in two ways: – a part of our benefits is given every month to the NGO – our guests are taking their breakfast in the NGO’s living room where they can meet the occupants. It is the way for our clients to interact with the NGO and to volunteer if they want to.

If you are interested to donate or to spend time with the NGO in India, please visit their Website: www.escip.org or contact Jonathan at escipindia@gmail.com

Address: D-12, Kailash Colony, first floor, 110048 New Delhi – India
Phone: +91.85.27.88.45.55 / +91.11.46.06.60.54

Email: contact@bedandchai.com Website: www.bedandchai.com

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Check out Chill & Chai : the latest, greatest coffee shop in Delhi. It’s international, ethical and convivial!

Customers can enjoy the coffee shop inside or outside on the terrace and can work using the complimentary Wi-Fi, organize meetings or just chat with friends while enjoying delicious fresh food.

Chill & Chai offers an ethical and cultural experience with international and Indian food and drinks with a French touch, in a pleasant and artistic environment.

Located in the “Khoj Arts Studios ” in the heart of Delhi, S-17 Khirki Extension, the cafe is managed by two seasoned entrepreneurs who want to put their professional experience to serve a social purpose.

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