Sisters Doing It For Each Other

How a growing collective of beauty therapists who believe in wellness for all women are creating a brighter future for vulnerable girls in Cambodia.

Bestow Beauty, a wellness company from New Zealand attracting attention for their skin nutrition products, recipes and rituals, has launched the charitable arm of their business, The Bestow Sisterhood, in Australia this month.

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, 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 after hearing about Cambodian children being rented out for sex by the week.

The big sisters: Robyn Fairweather, operations manager Bestow Beauty (left), Denise Arnold, founder of Cambodia Charitable Trust, and Janine Tait, founder of Bestow Beauty

Over the last 10 years Denise has changed the future for thousands of vulnerable Cambodian children by transforming schools and ensuring the poorest children are sponsored to attend.

“Education is the greatest hope for fighting poverty and slavery, especially education of girls,” says Janine.

Girls who don’t go to school are vulnerable to sex traffickers or can end up married and bearing children long before their bodies are developed enough to cope with delivering a baby.

Through the Bestow Sisterhood, salons sponsor a girl’s education for $40 a month, which radically changes the life of that little girl.

Janine Tait says she founded The Bestow Sisterhood because she believes in wellness for all women.

“My whole career has been about women and wellness,” says Janine, “But wellness ultimately needs to take us beyond ourselves – that is what true soul health looks like.

“The Bestow sisterhood is about women helping women; offering wellbeing to young girls in Cambodia who don’t have the privileges we have.”

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

Over 50 Cambodian girls have been sponsored by beauty therapists and skincare clinics since the launch of the Bestow Sisterhood this year.

“We think of them as our little sisters,” says Janine. “They are part of our extended family.”

Janine is inviting skincare clinics all over New Zealand and Australia to join the Bestow Sisterhood by sponsoring a little Cambodian sister for $40 per month.

Sponsorship provides her with a school uniform and essential school stationery, access to health checks, food for her family, and a monthly contribution to family living costs to cover the loss of the child’s wage. Click here to sponsor a child today:

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.