via Khmer NZ News Media
by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News
Posted on July 2, 2010
BOTHELL, Wash. - A Bothell teen is spending her summer vacation trying to save the world, one stitch at a time. But she's not using ordinary supplies.
16-year-old Whitney Carter is salvaging recyclable material to make accessories that she can sell on line. The proceeds will be donated directly to the Rapha House, an American organization that helps save young Cambodian girls from the underground sex slave industry.
"I want to feel like I'm making a difference", says Carter. "I've met these girls, being a sex slave is all they know." Carter was inspired to help after visiting Cambodia with her family four times over the past several years. The Carters were traveling as missionaries. Whitney was invited to play soccer and met other Cambodian girls on an opposite team.
So far, Carter has three handmade items up for sale on her new website http://www.etsy.com/shop/LivforOthers . A necklace made from torn up magazines and scratch paper sells for about $13.
"Hopefully I can keep making these things", she says. "It's the least I can do".