After two more trips and many long strategic planning sessions, Lauren and I created the Justice & Soul Foundation and designed a sustainable model to help teach sex trafficked survivors the art of cosmetology and esthetics. Our plan is to open a school and high end salon in Phnom Penh by June of 2014, targeting the wealthy Cambodian women as our clients. With the help of volunteer stylists, our custom tailored curriculum and a number of partnerships in Cambodia, we will give these young women the opportunity to learn a new craft, work in either our salon or another, and eventually become the trainers themselves. Using beauty to restore inner beauty and wellbeing.
How can you help? Volunteer to teach in Cambodia. Come for two months or come for two years. The people and culture are amazing and you will grow beyond your wildest dreams. If you cannot come to Cambodia, get involved in your own community. Raise awareness and ‘adopt’ one of our girls. Every donation will be spent training and compensating the survivors and providing them with the continued psychological support needed to ensure safe and lasting reintegration.
We believe that every one of these girls is precious and deserves to be loved and feel beautiful from the inside out. Let's take this opportunity to share our gifts and make a significant impact on their lives.
Matthew Fairfax is the Co-Founder of Justice & Soul Foundation, President/CEO of James Alan Salon & Spa in Shoreline, Washington and a national trainer and speaker with Northern Torch Consulting and Context International. He can be reached at matthew@NorthernTorch.com.