Bloom Asia Program Staff
We believe that one of the best and most sustainable ways to serve survivors is through training and upskilling national staff.
The incredible staff on-the-ground in Cambodia are trauma experts, as well as being highly skilled in their individual areas.
These staff speak the same language as survivors – making them feel safe and understood. They understand the cultural context and community challenges. They share the dream and commitment of bringing healing and hope to the communities that they live in.
Ruth and Murray Larwill – Founders
Murray and Ruth have a passion for seeing young women reach their potential. In 2006, Ruth began travelling to Cambodia to conduct intermittent vocational training for young women who had suffered human rights violations. By 2008, Ruth and Murray were challenged with the belief that a full-time training program that provided the opportunity for employment was greatly needed. So in July 2009, the Larwills moved to Cambodia and the first Bloom Asia Training Centre was established in Phnom Penh.
“To see a girl smile and understand that she was created for a purpose and with value is what Bloom Asia is all about.”
Dave Saxby – CEO
Since 2011, North-Queenslander, Dave Saxby, has been living and working in Cambodia to combat the exploitation of young women. With a background in education and psychology, he’s passionate about empowering survivors with holistic support that allows them to build new lives.
Dave is currently based in Australia and loves to spread awareness of how we can be part of setting girls free.
Sothea Chann – Country Director
Sothea grew up in Battambang, in the northwest of Cambodia, and moved to Phnom Penh to study at university. Sothea joined the Bloom team in 2011 and ever since has been a key implementor of new programs and support services to serve survivors. She leads Bloom Cambodia with skill and heart!
“I am very thankful to work and serve these amazing women. Seeing them learn to believe in themselves and giving them hope for the future is an honour”.