We Are Disruptors
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are the “1”s” who believe that one person can change the world and they pursue ways to achieve it. There are the “1’s” who believe one person can’t change the world, but still have hope they can do something. We know that if all the “1’s” come together we can provide the passion, the know-how and the get it done spirit to DISRUPT the chains of the largest problem the world faces today…..human trafficking.
Karen Heard, CEO
Karen Heard has a passion for bringing people together to fight for a common good. In 2015, after a trip to Cambodia, a ministry was born and has now developed into The 1 Collective. She and her husband have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two daughters and live in the Baltimore area.
Wayne Armacost, Jr., President
At the end of the day can you look your mirrored counterpart in the eyes and say that you have made a difference in someone else’s life…that you have done something to change a life for the better? I discovered that I was increasingly unable to convince my mirrored self that the answer to this question was ‘Yes’. The 1 Collective has become my impassioned attempt to take action and make a difference. Even if I never know the results of my actions… I WILL ACT!
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
• Hahatma Gandhi
Board Of Directors
Stephen F. Heard. | Wayne Armacost, Sr. | Joe Cohen. | Alex Williams
Sony Meas has worked tirelessly for over a decade to improve the lives of the people in Cambodia. With a Master’s Degree in Rural Development Management, Sony has created programs that work to end poverty and has fostered deep relationships with those in his community. He wears many hats for The 1 Collective and teaches English, manages our Project Cambodia sponsorship program, teaches soccer to dozens of children and manages four teams, drives students to school, works in the communities around him, counsels parents, and so much more. He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Rebekah and Angel and live in the Kdhey Takoy village outside of Phnom Penh. We are grateful to have him as our Cambodia Director.
Kim Meas is the lead teacher for English classes provided through Project Cambodia. She has taught English to almost 80 children, five days a week for the past five years with The 1 Collective. Kim never stops mothering and caring for the children in the villages around her and is highly respected and loved. In her own words, “To serve and work with children is the best privilege in my life”. Kim is married to Sony Meas and they have two daughters, Rebekah and Angel, and live in the Kdhey Takoy village outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Kim is a vital member of our team and we are honored to have her on our team.
Esther's House is a group home for girls who are at risk, or have been rescued from, human trafficking, or girls who have been removed from an abusive household. In 2014, Mark Neitz founded Why Not Now Ministries and opened Esther's House. With a capacity for twenty girls, the home is a safe haven where these girls can be loved, restored and given a opportunity to fulfill their destiny. Mark and his team have plans to expand their campus to include a larger girls' group home and open a similar type home for boys.
The 1 Collective is working to raise funds to purchase a larger piece of property in order to accommodate the growing number of children exploited through human trafficking. We also provide support for the daily expenses of the home.
Beauty for Ashes
Beauty For Ashes is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2014 by Lauren Byler. They support the efforts in North Africa to prevent, protect and restore victims of human trafficking. North Africa is a strategic location for combating human trafficking because it is the literal ground along which the majority of trade routes cross from all of Africa to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Currently, they have one transition home in a large city in North Africa with plans to expand to other cities in the area and through other countries in the region. They also work to provide outreach to prostitutes and to educate those who are most vulnerable and at-risk.
The 1 Collective works closely with their US Director, Chrissy Duke, to provide support for their efforts to expand their current facility and the programs they offer.