Sorry for the very long absence! Safe Haven have been taking some time to review our work to date and our plans for the future, and we have some news to share with all our supporters:
Firstly, we are thrilled to announce that we are supporting an extremely exciting project with Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) – the launch of a new “Village Hive” near Battambang in northern Cambodia. CCT has been working in Cambodia for 12 years, and Tara, Jedtha and their team truly share our ethos and mission.
This project is something close to our hearts, creating holistic support networks to protect children and keep families together with a proactive and preventative approach, embedded in the community itself. With this new Village Hive, we hope to reach 493 families, and prevent children from needlessly ending up in orphanages.
We will keep you updated on this new project as things progress.
In the meantime, here are the links to their website and Facebook page for more information. Do check it out if you have a spare minute!
Thank you all so much for your continued support and donations – as always, NONE of this would be possible without you!!
In other – slightly less happy – news, we have made the difficult decision to take a break from our UK activities. We hope that this will be a temporary measure and we will be able to resume our activities in the future.
Since I founded Safe Haven in 2009, my personal life has changed substantially. I have now got two small boys, and have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Chronic illness, combined with being a mum, has impacted how much time I am able to devote to Safe Haven. The amount of time and energy I could once give to our work is currently not possible. It is a truly sad decision for me to take this break, but a necessary one.
Much of this is the same for our wonderful Trustees, many of whom now have young families, increasingly demanding day jobs and sadly don’t have the time for the substantial commitment that actively fundraising and developing projects requires.
We hope that we will be able to resume all our activities in a year or two, but for now, Safe Haven is having a little rest while we all focus on our families and our health. In practical terms, this means that we will not be taking donations during this period. If you wish to make any donations during this time, please direct them to the Cambodian Children’s Trust https://cambodianchildrenstrust.org/donate/ , or get in touch with us for further information.
Thank you all again for your extraordinary support for the past 10 years. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful network, and are thrilled that the work will be continuing on the ground in Cambodia with CCT.
Much love, and with the deepest gratitude,
Benedicta, Nick, Seb and Maneet.
28th October 2019