Kampong Thom, Cambodia/ Princeton , USA
Ashante Taylorcox, a senior music education major at Westminster Choir College, is known as a Agent for Change in her community. Her inspiring commitment to helping women worldwide through the use of music and her experiences as a survivor of sexual exploitation and rape as a child has empowered many. Ashante began exploring her love for music at the early age of 4. Singing became second nature to her, as talking, and stuck with her as she grew up. In the years to follow Ashante began to develop and Sophomore year of college, Ashante began to speak openly about her experiences as a survivor and began to develop personal connections with women and children who have endured situations that are unimaginable to many. She has volunteered her time and talent to domestic and international organizations devoted to empowering women, which has also helped her to heal from her own abusive experiences.
Ashante Taylorcox is a recognized Half the Sky Campus Ambassador, Women as Change Agent member, Women in the World- Next Generation Leadership Academy member and recognized student leader on campus! After three years, and trips to Cambodia and Panama, Taylorcox, a Piscataway, N.J., native, now leads her own charitable organization. The Akun Project, created last February by the senior music education major, takes its name from the Khmer word meaning “thank you.” The organization looks to raise awareness of global issues and cultivate leaders through creative and sustainable activities on campus. Here future plans involve opening up her own NGO that focuses on helping children who are survivors of sexual exploitation through the use of music.
Connect with Ashante:
Facebook URL: facebook.com/ashante.t.5
Email: [email protected]
Impact partner: The Cambodian Kids Foundation
The Cambodian Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Cambodia, that aims to develop global leaders of tomorrow through sustainable projects/ programs that help better the people of Cambodia. They focus on the importance of education being the key to success, inside and outside the classroom and their mission is to provide people living in Cambodia with access to free education and health care. They are non political, non religious, and work 100% on the grassroots level made up of volunteers. Currently they are based in Phnom Pehn, and Kampong Thom Province where they have multi projects that help better the population they work with, some of which are, Soksan International School in Soksan Village, ONE: Day spa and beauty salon, Sew Good, Soksan Village Community Garden, and Women’s empowerment program, just to name a few! We believe in a hand up not a hand out and will continue to work hard for years to come, to get to a educated, beautiful, Cambodia.
Connect with CKF:
Facebook URL: Facebook.com/Cambodiankidsfoundation