Founded by Selina Tomasich, in late 2008, in the back streets of Manila after meeting Sister Kate and Sister Claudia, Hair Aid’s international mission is to recruit and send volunteer hairdressers, from all around the world, to overseas locations to provide free hair cutting training for people living in critical poverty.
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“We have a team of volunteer hairdressers or our ‘Hair Aid Family’ that travel to poverty areas of Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to work directly with people living on the street, slum communities, or with ladies rescued from the sex trade and prostitution gangs. All volunteers teach a five day hair cutting course, that gives the skill to cut five basic haircuts. This skill can then be used to start a micro business and create an income to support themselves and their family,” Selina said.
Comfortel are now supporting Hair Aid’s work and providing scissor kits for trainees. The Cutting Kits are a vital part of the cause, which allows the people in need, a pair of scissors, comb and sectioning clips in a handy carry case.
“You have no idea how much this filled my heart,” Selina said. “Trying to work out how to how to find enough tools for the 1500+ trainees Hair Aid trains a year aws giing me sleepless nights. Without this valuable support our work is limited. Because of this valuable support from Comfortel, our work flourishes.”
Previously second hand tools were collected for all corners of the world and refurbished and reused. This was a huge task and needed extensive coordination and was resource intensive. Donations from Excellent Edges scissors was a life saver but as the projects grew so did the need for more and more…and more.
Now, Hair Aid with the help of Comfortel has enough kits to continue gifting Cutting Kits until the end of 2020.
“Since the introduction of the Comfortel Cutting Kits, heart felt stories have like Ed emerged which have truly shown us that supporting a great cause can create much needed change” Lisa Feleppa, Brand Marketing Manager of Comfortel, said.
Ed Sudaria is one of the people Hair Aid has helped. He was a Hair Aid traine and someone stole his tool kit. The homeless man, undaunted, continued to do haircuts using a pair of kiddie scissors. On a recent trip, he got a replacement for the scissors he lost. Changing his life once again, through the gift of tools and skills.
“Ed Sudaria sends his thanks to the Hair Aid team. Thank you all for being ENABLERS,” Selina said.
“It really shows that Hair Aid are making a real change, and we are honoured to help Hair Aid’s cause of teaching people living in poverty haircutting skills. We love seeing the images, as well as hearing stories that make real change within these communities.”
Comfortel joins the ‘Hair Aid Hair-oes’ team, along side Benni Tognini, Tabatha Coffey, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Paul Mitchell Schools, DeLorenzo and Excellent Edges, with the enormous Hair Aid family, changing the lives of people living in poverty; one haircut at a time.