Kindred Spirits - Life Interwoven
Before migrating to Australia, Suwanna Hardwick, a Thai native, worked with refugees living on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. In the 1980s large numbers of people arrived in Thailand, fleeing the civil conflict between ethnic groups and the military government in Burma. Being stateless, these people had little access to support systems, including healthcare and education. Suwanna worked tirelessly for over ten years in homes for disadvantaged children, helping in any way she could. She sought out donations of money or materials from companies in Thailand, recruited friends and used her own income to help the children. She also assisted refugees in locating Thai relatives, which meant they could apply for Thai citizenship allowing them to leave the refugee camps and build lives for themselves.
After moving to Australia, Suwanna and her Australian husband, David, continued fund raising for the children’s homes and schools. The funds were used to purchase play equipment, used toys, books and school supplies and in particular bicycles, which enabled children to attend schools, which were often some distance away.
Donating 100% of its profits to fighting disadvantage and poverty in South East Asia, Life Interwoven helps to conserve traditional and sustainable textile and handicrafts by working with villagers, artisans and small entrepreneurs.