How Cambodia’s Children Will Learn From Supply Chain Leaders Insights


  The inaugural Supply Chain Leaders Insights event—latest coaching and education brainchild of Rob O’Byrne—took place on 26th October, 2016. This supply chain “conference with a difference” was hailed as a great success by delegates. Indeed, many participants stated their intention to return to SCLI in 2017, having gained a wealth of valuable knowledge from the round-table sessions with supply chain experts. It seems only appropriate then, that attendees of such an educational event should be a source of learning for more than 6,000 impoverished children in the Asian nation of Cambodia. Those children will make up just some of the beneficiaries from the event’s ticket sales proceeds, all of which went to worthy non-profit ventures chosen by Supply Chain Leaders Insights delegates.   Gaining Knowledge, Giving Hope Along with the Cambodian Hope Organization’s “School on a Mat” program, donations from ticket sales went via the Buy1Give1 social enterprise to provide clean water in Ethiopia, educational supplies for children in Nepal, and IT training for indigenous communities in Australia. Did you ever think it possible that simply by attending a supply chain conference, you could contribute directly to the welfare of those who would otherwise go without? That’s surely a win-win situation if ever one existed. But what about those Cambodian children, and what’s the significance of the Supply Chain Leaders Insights donations to the School on a Mat program?   Cambodian Children and the Poverty-Cycle Many children in Cambodia, especially those living in rural areas, are trapped in a cycle of poverty without hope of ever realising their academic potential. Many villages have no school whatsoever, and no educational facilities may exist for many kilometres, leaving residents without access to schooling for their children. Many rural Cambodian families are so poor that children must begin working at an early age, and all too often either turn to, or...