Youth is no handicap when it comes to helping those in need and this month, we decided to talk to four bright young minds, who are taking big steps in making the world a better place, for our "Change The World" interview series.
From Rebekah Yeoh, who helps underprivileged children, to John-Son Oei, who builds houses for the unfortunate, these individuals are the ones set to change the landscape of our nation.
For the debut of the Change The World series, we meet Rebekah Yeoh, the founder of Nimble Fingers Cambodia.
What did you want to achieve out of starting NFC, and why in particular did you want to help underprivileged Cambodian children?
I wanted to do something for a children’s home that had a personal bearing on me, and link that to a sustainable education/ empowerment programme.
In my time in Cambodia, I noticed the children at the children’s home I often visited – the FGA Child Care Centre (FGACCC) – were extremely gifted in arts, crafts and stitchwork.
They could spin hundreds of bracelets in the span of an hour and this was merely a hobby.
Their agility, both mentally and physically, was beyond me. us, Nimble Fingers was born!
So what does Nimble Fingers Cambodia do for the children?
I wanted them to feel rewarded for their talents and skills, and at the same time teach them about accumulating disposable income and savings because many underprivileged Cambodian adults tend to squander incomes away.
Thus, I started a programme where I would sell their work for them at a 40% profit and they pocket 100% of the sales, but on the condition that it is reinvested into their “mini businesses”, so that they learn about capital spending, savings and value-add.
And how is it going so far for them?
Their propensity to take risks by reinvesting their profits into more complex raw materials has been multifold!
They must also book-keep and track revenue and spending so they are trained from a young age to monitor their finances and develop conservative financial etiquette.
Styling: Jeffrey Yan
Makeup: KF Bong
Hair: Cody Chua
This article is originally published in our L'Officiel Malaysia May 2017 print edition.
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