Urgent appeal from Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village
The Coronavirus has forced us to close our not-for-profit retail shop that currently supports 10 artisans with disabilities through the sale of their products and partly supports another 20 or so artisans with disabilities by selling products they make at their NGO; 6 families (previously homeless) with wheelchair accessible transitional housing, food security and livelihood development; and 10 tuk-tuk drivers with disabilities through marketing their services.
These folks and their families were already living near or below the poverty line, but now they have no income for the foreseeable future. To compound this, they live in an area of impending drought, similar to 2016, when lives were lost for the lack of drinking water. They need our support more than ever, to ensure they make it through the COVID-19 pandemic with their physical and mental health intact and with some hope for the future.
We project that the earliest tourists may return to see Angkor Wat, will be around December 2020. We need to act now to create a bridge for the families we serve now and other families who will need help in the coming months.
Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village is in the process of resetting our operations ASAP by creating an online shop in an endeavour to earn some income. Since our customers can’t come to us, we will go to them. However, it will take a modest amount of cash, and a lot of time and energy to get our online store operational.
We are sensitive to the fact that in these times money is tight, but even a small amount will go a long way. As a global community, we can achieve this goal. We only need 1,000 people from across the entire world to donate as little as us$10 (au$15) to succeed. Please help us meet this challenge by making a donation and sharing our campaign throughout your networks.
Together we can spread the message “Hang on, you are not alone!” and assist persons with disabilities living in Siem Reap get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information about how funds for this campaign are being processed & delivered to GFTV.
I am a volunteer for GFTV, and I have been assisting them with their social media & website development since 2018. GoFundMe does not operate in Cambodia. Therefore, I started this campaign in Australia on their behalf to assist them achieve their fundraising goal.
Funds raised through this campaign site are automatically transferred to my Australian Bank account and then transferred directly into GFTV's ABA bank account in Cambodia. To ensure GFTV has a continuous cash flow to purchase food & other essential items throughout the coming months' monies will be transferred to GFTV's account on a regular basis.
I pledge to donate the cost of all associated bank transfer fees (i.e. Australian bank charge au$20 & ABA bank inward SWIFT fee us$10 per transaction). Therefore, 100% of your donation less the GoFundMe fees (2.2% + 0.30c per transaction) will go directly to GFTV to support families living with disabilities in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
GFTV accounting is up-to-date and open to inspection. We will post a monthly financial report for our foodbank operations and other fundraising initiatives on our website - www.gftv-sr.org/covid-19
Best wishes, Jenni
- Lucy Clarke
- James Edwards
- Lisa Fiddimore
- James Edwards