Bestow Sisterhood

Cambodian "Little Sisters" Sponsorship Update

As you may already know, PBS sponsors five young Cambodian girls through the Bestow Sisterhood and the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT), helping them stay in school and protecting them against the very real dangers of human trafficking and sex slavery.

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In a country with no welfare system and no community groups offering any form of support, this kind of direct sponsorship is often the only support available to a young girl and her family. Besides helping her to attend school, sponsorship also enables her family to use the money for food, additional school lessons, medical costs or to help their other children.

Education breaks the poverty cycle and gives children choices and here at PBS we’re so glad to be able to give five young girls the opportunity to realise their potential and strive for a better life for themselves.

In February, CCT visited one of our “Little Sisters” Dalen, at her school and we wanted to share a bit about her and the real, tangible difference that sponsorship can make to an entire family.

11 years old and in grade six at school, Dalen is a curious, bright and well-behaved student with a very sweet smile. Her and her 8-year-old brother live with their great grandmother who is 78 years old and who also raised Dalen’s father. In rural Cambodia it’s not uncommon for children to live with grandparents or great grandparents, as parents often have to live and work in cities in order to earn even the most basic wage.

Both Dalen’s parents live in Phnom Penh; her father works in a print shop and her mother works in a garment factory. Every two weeks they make the three-hour trip home by motorbike or shared van to see Dalen and her brother and share what little money they earn with the family. Their wages are minimal and their working conditions poor, but it’s better than having no work at all.

Dalen’s grandfather (her father’s father) lives nearby and takes Dalen and her brother to and from school each day to ensure they get there safely. Dalen’s family home has a toilet and electricity for lights, and they also have a small rice field that harvests enough rice to feed the family for most of the year.

Dalen has dreams for the future and wants to be a doctor or work in a company when she grows up. For now, she enjoys skipping and playing traditional Khmer games with her younger brother and likes making art.

CCT tells us that the sponsorship money received each month is such a help to Dalen’s grandmother as it ensures the family has enough food to eat and covers basic school requirements. We’re so glad to be able to provide assistance to Dalen’s hardworking family and ease their financial burdens by any measure!

Want to get involved?

Why not make 2019 the year that you and your salon get involved and start giving back? The impact of these charitable contributions is immediate and profound and the following options are a wonderful way to incorporate philanthropy into your business model.

Sponsor a girl

For just $40 per month you can sponsor a young Cambodian girl – providing her with a school uniform, essential school stationery, access to health programs and a monthly contribution to her family’s living costs, helping to lift them out of poverty.

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Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Bestow Sisterhood tea. This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom and 100% of profits from its sales go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

Launched in New Zealand in April 2017, the Bestow Sisterhood is a partnership between Bestow Beauty founder, Janine Tait and her sister, Denise Arnold, who founded the Cambodia Charitable Trust in 2008.

The Cambodia Charitable Trust currently supports 12 primary schools, four secondary schools and two teachers’ training colleges in the Takeo and Kampot Provinces of Cambodia.

It feels good to give!

It’s been a huge 2018 here at PBS and we’re proud of the many achievements of our team and our salons! But we also believe that there’s more to business success than numbers on a page and for this reason our proudest achievement this year is our continued sponsorship commitment to our “Little Sisters” in Cambodia.

As you may already know, PBS sponsors five young Cambodian girls through the Bestow Sisterhood and the Cambodia Charitable Trust, helping them to stay in school and protecting them against the very real dangers of human trafficking and sex slavery.

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In a country with no welfare system and no community groups offering any form of support, this kind of direct sponsorship is often the only support available to a young girl and her family.

Besides helping her to attend school, sponsorship also enables her family to use the money for food, additional school lessons, medical costs or to help their other children.

Education breaks the poverty cycle and gives children choices and here at PBS we’re so glad to be able to give five young girls the opportunity to realise their potential and strive for a better life for themselves.

So why not make 2019 the year that you and your salon get involved and start giving back? The impact of these charitable contributions is immediate and profound and the following options are a wonderful way to incorporate philanthropy into your business model.

Sponsor a girl

For just $40 per month you can sponsor a young Cambodian girl – providing her with a school uniform, essential school stationery, access to health programs and a monthly contribution to her family’s living costs, helping to lift them out of poverty.

Stock Bestow’s Generositea

Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Bestow Sisterhood tea. This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom and 100% of profits from its sales go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

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From all of us here at PBS we wish you and your team all the best for the year to come!

Launched in New Zealand in April 2017, the Bestow Sisterhood is a partnership between Bestow Beauty founder, Janine Tait and her sister, Denise Arnold, who founded the Cambodia Charitable Trust in 2008.

The Cambodia Charitable Trust currently supports 12 primary schools, four secondary schools and two teachers’ training colleges in the Takeo and Kampot Provinces of Cambodia.

Beauty with a Conscience

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Consumers today are becoming more selective and vocal about supporting businesses who are driven to make the world a better place, writes Matt Williams, CEO of Professional Beauty Solutions.

84% of young people believe that brands have more power to make change than governments, recants a McCann Worldgroup study in 2016. In the same way that the public has driven demand for holistic skincare, the importance of social consumerism has risen again, and it should come as no surprise that many of today's modern consumers care about more than just the quality of your products.

More than ever, consumers want to support brands that that give back in a very real and tangible way. They’re looking for brands and companies that weave corporate social responsibility into the fabric of their entire business model. In fact, a 2015 Nielsen survey found that nearly two-thirds of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably made products.

The way these companies give back needs to be completely transparent too, especially when you look at the younger market segments. In fact, 81% of millennials – those aged from approximately 15 to 30 – expect their favourite companies to make public declarations of their corporate citizenship. There is simply no question that in 2018, customers want to know that their money is going toward something that not only looks good, but does good too.

The past few years have seen brands moving towards creating a culture of social awareness by providing opportunities to give back to the community. Most are now forming partnerships with aligned non-profit organisations in an attempt to move towards a world of ‘conscious consumption’.

A study conducted by Cone Communications and Echo Research revealed that more than 90% of consumers would switch to a brand supporting a good cause, echoing the inherent importance for a brand to speak for what their customer stands for, through its product and services. Even a big 65% of consumers felt more positively about the retailer after giving.

Giving back not only drives change in your community, but also within your organisation.

It is evident that philanthropic efforts on the part of employees and employers result in workplaces that are better for business and the people who work there. This year, staffers who believe their organisation gives back to the community are a striking 13 times more likely to look forward to coming to work, than those who do not perceive their employers as charitable, according to Fortune.

But more than anything – it FEELS GOOD to GIVE.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many small business owners are neck deep in focusing on building their business that they simply don't have the time to focus on non-revenue drivers. If you polled every entrepreneur in Australia, nearly 100 percent would say that giving back is important. But if you asked how many of them have such programs in place, you'd encounter a much lower number.

That’s where choosing brands that have programs in place can be an easy way to add this into your salon and business culture. Here are two of our brands that put “doing good” at the heart of their business:

Make 2018 the year your business gets in touch with the larger world, whether it be aligning with something in your local community or choosing brands that already have programs in place - this can be one of the easiest ways to add this into your salon and business culture.

Here are two of our brands that put “doing good” at the heart of their business:

Image Skincare and the Care for Skin Foundation

Founded by Image Skincare’s President Dr. Marc A Ronert, M.D, PHD*, the Care for Skin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created to provide reconstructive surgery for people who have suffered loss of skin due to accidents, tumours, burns, scars or genetic abnormalities.

Their goal is to provide surgeries to those who could otherwise not afford them – performing skin transplantations, scar corrections and cleft-palate corrections around the world. “Our goal is to raise $500,000 to help at least 3,000 children in 2018.” Ronert explains.

Image Skincare funds ALL administration expenses for Care for Skin, making it possible for all donations to be utilised to support patient care.

“Burn wounds are a significant cause of disease among children, and cleft palate conditions can impair speech and the ability to eat. With simple reconstructive surgical procedures, we are able to change someone’s life. Not to offer this to people in need would be unthinkable.” says Ronert.  

To date, Marc Ronert and his wife, Image Skincare CEO and founder, Janna Ronert have travelled with other members of the Care for Skin Foundation to Peru, Vietnam, Myanmar and Burma to perform reconstructive surgeries on hundreds of children in need, giving them a better quality of life.

To learn more about the work of the Care for Skin Foundation or to make a donation, visit http://www.careforskin.org/.

Bestow Beauty and the Bestow Sisterhood

The Bestow Sisterhood is a collective of beauty therapists and skincare clinics throughout Australasia who are changing the lives of vulnerable girls in Cambodia by sponsoring their education.

Launched in New Zealand in April 2017, the Bestow Sisterhood is a partnership between Bestow Beauty founder, Janine Tait and her sister, Denise Arnold, who founded the Cambodia Charitable Trust in 2008.

“On one of her trips to Cambodia, Denise met a young woman who was working as a therapist in a local spa. When Denise asked her about her life she discovered that her family had been tricked into handing over her 15-year-old sister to the sex trafficking industry. They thought they were sending her off to a work as a nanny, to create a better life for herself. Denise returned to New Zealand determined to do her bit to stop this despicable practice”, explains Tait.

Over the last 10 years, Denise has changed the future for thousands of vulnerable children by transforming schools through the establishment of libraries and fresh water systems, while ensuring that the poorest children are sponsored to attend. “Education is the greatest hope for fighting poverty and slavery, especially education of girls,” says Tait.

There are two ways to participate in the Bestow Sisterhood and make a tangible difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

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Sponsor a Girl

For just $40 per month, you can sponsor a young Cambodian Girl – providing her with a school uniform, essential school stationery, access to health programs and a monthly contribution to her family’s living costs, helping to lift them out of poverty.

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Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Sisterhood tea. 100 percent of profits from the sale of this beautiful rose-coloured herbal tea go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

The Cambodia Charitable Trust currently supports 12 primary schools, four secondary schools and two teachers training colleges in the Takeo and Kampot Provinces of Cambodia. Professional Beauty Solutions is also proud to be part of the Bestow Sisterhood and currently sponsors five young girls in rural Cambodia. We think of them as our little sisters and encourage our salon partners to join us in sponsoring those who struggle to support themselves.

To learn more about the Bestow Sisterhood or to make a donation, visit https://www.bestowbeauty.com.au/sisterhood-1/


Matt Williams is the CEO and owner of Professional Beauty Solutions. With over 20 years sales, marketing and management experience, Matt has worked with hundreds of businesses to see them achieve financial and personal freedom and help them experience the success they have desired.

Bestow's Sisterhood is On Track for a Bright Future

Four Bestow Sisterhood Sponsored Girls. On Track for a Bright Future Against the Odds

'Making a difference' can have a huge impact on the lives of those who are living in little privilege and ease. We wanted to share with you an encouraging story about the effect Bestow Beauty's charitable organisation partnership, the Bestow Sisterhood, is having on the lives of young girls in Cambodia.

The 'little sisters' we sponsor do not have the same opportunities that we have here in Australia. However, we received some wonderful news this week which shows how well the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) is doing in bridging this gap.

CITY UNIVERSITY LAUNCHING PAD FOR RURAL CAMBODIAN GIRLS

Back in 2015, Janine Tait (founder of Bestow Beauty) and her husband Kevin joined her sister, Denise, on one of her trips to Cambodia. During our trip, she visited an academy in Phnom Penh set up by an American charity to provide support and accommodation for young, rural Cambodian women to make it possible for them to attend university.

Under normal circumstances, it is virtually impossible for rural Cambodian girls to attend university in the city without outside support. It would be far too dangerous for her to live alone so far away from her family. Young men, on the other hand, are safer and more equipped to look after themselves. It was on this trip that she realised how crucial these charities are at providing the vital link in improving young women’s access to university education in Cambodia.

HOPES RAISED, HOPES DASHED

Janine was delighted to see that the young girls at this academy were supported above and beyond their university studies. They had extra classes to improve their English and learn skills in diplomacy and ethics. This kind of support meant they had far greater options upon graduation even the possibility of travelling overseas. She wanted to know if some of our rising stars from the Cambodian Charitable Trust could attend this academy and follow this pathway towards university. Discussing a variety of options, like donating some of our personal funds to the academy in exchange for taking in our girls, Janine was hopeful and excited about this possibility.

Unfortunately, Souen, the CCT Cambodian Manager, broke the news that it was unlikely that any of the CCT sponsored girls would achieve the academic levels required to be accepted into such a place. Growing up in the poverty-stricken conditions of rural Cambodia they were simply too disadvantaged, not to mention malnourished, and though CCT hugely improved education standards at their schools, they couldn’t compete with the quality teachers and education opportunities in the bigger cities. The best they could hope for, was for our sponsored girls to become mothers who then tutored and encouraged the next generation of girls to pursue this type of opportunity.

A SURPRISING TWIST

Saddened by this news, Denise and the CCT still continued their amazing work – upskilling teachersupgrading school facilities and sponsoring children, thanks to sponsors like the Bestow Sisterhood. CCT-sponsored schools, teachers and students have been going from strength to strength. Their work has been recognised by the Cambodian Ministry of Education who have asked them to implement a teacher training programme across all of Cambodia. It is expected that the programme will raise the standard of education throughout the country!

Then, just this month, Jane Muller, one of the key members of New Zealand’s CCT team, reported on her latest visit to CCT-sponsored schools in Cambodia. She says:

“When we visited Ang Seyma Secondary School last month we were concerned that the dropout rate at the school has increased. The school director puts this down to the poverty in the area: the poorest families borrow money, can’t manage the repayments and end up withdrawing their children from school and sending them to work in the garment factories or on construction sites to help repay the loans.   In other cases, the parents move to Phnom Penh or Thailand for work and leave their children with grandparents or relatives.  The parents are rarely able to come home to visit, so the support to stay in school and get a good education is diluted. 
While this depressing pattern was occurring regularly, the school director told us about five amazing, high-achieving young women, four of whom are sponsored through the Bestow Sisterhood. He said, without a doubt, all five would have dropped out if it wasn’t for their CCT sponsorship.
Ol Chontea, sponsored by Hady Wenham at Forme Spa and In Sreypheap have both been selected to sit the exam to find the top performing Grade Nine students in the country. Ouch Sokanha, sponsored by Matt and Lisa Williams of Professional Beauty Solutions – who distribute Bestow in Australia, and Lek Sam Ath, sponsored by Bestow Beauty, have been selected to sit the same exam for grade eight. Leng Rachny, sponsored by Sarah Huggins from Inspire Beauty & Day Spa, is always top of her class in grade seven.
This sort of news is so encouraging. It was not that long ago we were told none of the students in our remote, rural schools could compete for top places against students from the cities. A few years later, the quality of the education they are being provided, and the support of their amazing sponsors, has led to these young women achieving at a highly competitive level academically. 
A heart felt thank you to those sponsors, you really are changing lives.
– Jane Muller

GOING FORWARD FROM HERE

Against the odds, there’s a good chance that these bright, dedicated girls will have the opportunity to attend an academy like the one we visited if they wish to. Each are likely to go on to have bright futures with choice and autonomy over their own lives – something that was looking very unlikely just a few years ago.

"We are blown away by these results which go well beyond what Denise and I thought would be possible. We feel so encouraged that by coming together as the Bestow Sisterhood and partnering with the CCT, we are opening up new possibilities for girls growing up in Cambodia who start out with far fewer opportunities than we have." - Janine Tait says.

PS: If you would like to sponsor a girl through the Bestow Sisterhood, please CLICK HERE.

PBS Partners with the Bestow Sisterhood

Professional Beauty Solutions (PBS) is proud to be part of the Bestow Sisterhood - a collective of beauty therapists and business professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand who are creating a brighter future for girls in rural Cambodia.

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As a professional beauty distribution company, we are passionate about women and wellness. But we recognise that while we are born into a land of opportunity, our sisters in Cambodia are born into poverty through no fault of their own.

We want to do our part to make the world a better place – for all women.

Through the Bestow Sisterhood, PBS now sponsors five girls in rural Cambodia who are cared for under the Cambodia Charitable Trust. We think of them as our little sisters.

We Are Supporting Five Little Sisters

For $40 per girl per month, PBS is changing the future for five young Cambodian girls by supporting their education. Girls who don’t go to school are vulnerable to sex trafficking or can end up married and bearing children at a tragically young age. Through education, our little sisters are protected and given the opportunity to develop a healthy, happy, purposeful life. This sponsorship allows our little sisters to stay to stay in school, with ample opportunities on their horizon. Click here to sponsor a child today.

Meet our Little Sister’s

What Else can you do to Help?  

Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Bestow Sisterhood tea from the Bestow Organic Herbal Tea Range. This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom. All Bestow profits from the sale of Generositea go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust. 

About the Bestow Sisterhood

The Bestow Sisterhood is the charitable arm of Bestow Beauty, who bring us the beautiful recipe books and skin-food products to nourish skin from within.

Janine Tait, founder of Bestow Beauty has joined hands with her sisters, Robyn Fairweather (Bestow Beauty) and Denise Arnold of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, to create the Bestow Sisterhood. Professional Beauty Solutions is one of the many business’s (including Spa’s & Clinics) around Australia and New Zealand who have chosen to adopt a little Cambodian sister and support her education through Denise’s trust.

When we open our eyes and our hearts, we begin to understand that we are part of a global sisterhood. Every woman is our sister. We can help the woman down the street from us, and we can change the life of a girl in Cambodia who we will never meet. Both matter. We love to see women helping women, and we are grateful to clinics and their clients for being part of the Bestow Sisterhood.
— Robyn, Denise & Janine

Bestow Beauty offers a natural range of organic superfood blends which moisturise, nourish, purify and protect your skin from within. The skin needs a wide range of nutrients in order to thrive, heal and resist premature ageing. Bestow founder, Janine Tait, combined her two super-powers as a dermo-nutritionist and skin-health expert to develop the products and holistic skincare approach at the heart of Bestow.

For more information about The Bestow Sisterhood or to enquire about stocking Bestow Beauty in your salon or clinic call 1800 625 387 or click here.