Having worked at Axis Hair Salons and now at The Salon, JCI Hair Art Design Graduate Meo Ho has continued to be a huge advocate for helping people. She volunteered for two years at the Covenant House, while also helping other charities and she is now starting her own project of going to Cambodia to teach Hair with the Justice and Soul Foundation at the Kate Kopi Salon. The salon aims to educate young citizens who were once smuggled into the sex trade and to provide them with new skills, so they no longer have to return to the streets of Cambodia.
“ I have taken a year off from volunteering while I was honing in on my hairstyling but now that I have more tools under my belt, I’m ready to use my craft to help change some lives. I sourced out a volunteer gig in Cambodia with an organization called Justice and Soul. I heard about them through a hair podcast I listen to and the founder Matthew Fairfax was mentioned several times throughout the cast. He was referred to as being an amazing philanthropic salon owner. What did I do? I googled him obviously, found his Facebook page and messaged him to find out more. He re-directed me to his organization, Justice and Soul Foundation site and mentioned there’s a formal application process for volunteers. Once I fill out the application he said, “reach out to me again so I can let the head office know to keep an eye out for your application.” And I did just that! The application took about two months to process and consisted of several Skype interviews with him and the head educator of the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia. I sent two videos, one of me cutting and one of me colouring hair which formed a part of my application. After submitting the requested information, it was a bit of a waiting game and then finally, everything checks out, and I’m approved, YAY!” – Meo Ho
Justice and Soul empower trafficked and at-risk young women and men to become confident and self-sufficient individuals through professional training in cosmetology. They provide hope and restoration through vocational training in cosmetology (hair, makeup, nails, and skincare). With these new skills and increased self-confidence, survivors will be able to earn a sustainable living to keep them from returning to trafficking for survival.
Kate Korpi is one of the salons Justice and Soul work with. Volunteers donate their time and pay their own way to get to Cambodia which ultimately aids in the salon becoming fully self-sustainable. They have curriculums in place for the hair industry, the aesthetics industry, the nail tech industry, and several more.
Meo is currently asking for donations on her GoFundMe page in order to be able to supply some of the costs that will be incurred during ger stay in Cambodia and all residual funds will be directly donated to the organization. By donating to her, you are essentially helping the students attending Kate Korpi Salon’s education program.
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