Thank You, Elbow!

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The rock band, Elbow, fundraising for Senhoa.

Ruth is the Vice President of our Board of Directors. She first became involved with Senhoa in 2008 when she relocated to Siem Reap, Cambodia from the UK for 10 months to be part of a small team to establish our pilot jewelry program. Most recently Ruth has been working in a freelance capacity within the not-for-profit sector in Manchester, UK supporting organisations in strategic and organisational development. Previous to this Ruth worked for Women Working Worldwide, a feminist labour rights organisation based in Manchester Metropolitan University. Her role was Project Coordinator of an international garment project ‘Building Decent Workplaces for Women Garment Workers’ based in Lesotho, Madagascar, India and Bangladesh. Ruth has a BA Geography Hons and first class Masters Degree in Social Development.   

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In February 2015 Senhoa was honoured to be chosen as charity of choice by the globally recognized and critically acclaimed alternative rock band, Elbow. One of the most beloved and revered British bands of recent times, Elbow’s accolades include winning the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seem Kid in 2008. In 2009 they won the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2012 they released "First Steps", the BBC's theme tune to the 2012 Olympics in London.  Finally in 2014 they saw their latest album The Take Off and Landing of Everything (2014) reaching number one in the UK album charts.

With all their albums, Elbow manage to balance political statements with personal experiences.  Indeed, Senhoa’s fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation resonate with issues which Elbow have written about in their latest album.  ‘The Blanket Of Night’ appears to be a straightforward love song only to reveal its subjects as illegal immigrants, afloat at sea attempting to enter a better country. Near the end of one of their concerts on their latest Apollo tour, lead singer Guy Garvey made a personal plea to the audience to remember that we are all descendents of immigrants and have a responsibility to help those people experiencing exploitation around the world. 

The response was incredible and we raised an amazing £1,435 through the generosity of Elbow fans. The band also kindly donated a one of a kind limited edition signed lithogram print with handwritten lyrics which we were able to use to raise money for our community development programmes. We are so happy to work in collaboration with you Elbow to highlight the issues and reality of modern day slavery.  Our sincere thanks and gratitude for your ongoing support Guy, Mark, Craig, Richard and Pete! We love you, Elbow!

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March 03, 2015 by Lisa T.D. Nguyen
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