Thursday, May 27, 2010

Featured Performer for "Fashion for Freedom"

Nomi Network "Fashion for Freedom" proudly presents one of our feature performers- Ranna Rithy Khut have been dancing since the age of four. Ranna has had formal training in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, Cambodian Classical Dance and contemporary. Presently he is studying and teaching with the Cambodian Buddhist Society Cultural Group for the past 14 years. Ranna performed and competed in many dance functions or competitions in Maryland, Washington D.C. Virginia, New York and New Jersey. He has performed with the Cambodian Buddhist Society Cultural Group at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, fund raising events, French Embassy, Ohio State University Asian Festival, Smithsonian, and more. Ranna dream and long-term goal is to build and be the founder of his own Multi-Cultural Performing Arts School.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Interview with Nomi Network

Interview with Nomi Network!

MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Q & A with Karen Tep

You have multiple jobs. Tell us about them, and which do you like best and why?

I have three jobs. I am a nurse, and I also do modeling, under the name iKandy. Thirdly, I am the director of volunteers for a non-profit organization called Strengthening Cambodian Communities Project (SCC) that I co-founded with my partner in Australia, Tara Miller. I enjoy all three jobs; being a nurse enables me to rebuild lives, while modeling helps me obtain exposure that I need to spread awareness about Cambodia. Being a part of SCC is my true passion--to help Cambodia regain the glory that it once had.

Is that related to the work you’re doing with Nomi?

Yes. I am using my modeling notoriety and connections in the business to direct and coordinate the upcoming Nomi Network fashion show here in New Orleans, LA.

How did you hear about Nomi Network?

Stephen Bauer found me on Face Book and e-mailed me about Nomi Network and their ambitions.

What inspired you to get involved?

The same day that Stephen wrote me, I had been looking for ways that I could help. I was looking for anything related to human trafficking, especially sex slavery. I am passionate about that, especially in Cambodia.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have had to overcome as a Cambodian woman?

My biggest obstacle has been to overcome the pain and anger that my parents inflicted on me as a child growing up in the States. The pain and anger of my parents was a result of the having to endure a great deal of suffering under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle in empowering women?

We need to get women to understand that they have the same rights as men. In foreign countries, when trying to help women empower themselves, we must first understand the culture and the values that the people abide by. However, we must also work to get men to understand that women have the same rights as men. In male dominated societies women tend to be looked upon with contempt and as mere objects. To teach women to be able to stand up to that will be a great feat.

- interview by Stephen Bauer

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Strengthening Cambodian Communities Project

Mission statement: - The Strengthening Cambodian Communities Project is a Non Government Organization founded in April 2010 by a small team of volunteers from Cambodia, Australia and USA. The aim of the foundation is to stop the cycle of poverty, disease and human trafficking by providing the necessary support required to help indiv...iduals and communities in Cambodia to acheive quality education, healthcare, business opportunites and emergency assistance.

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Website coming soon!!

Founder Tara Miller and Co-Founder iKandy