Giving Back

Active Property Investing (API) supports two main charities amongst other local projects and initiatives as part of their contribution to community and social responsibility.

Global Village Housing (GVH)

Shelter is a basic human right and access to secure, quality housing is something all people should have access to. Housing gives stability and helps individuals secure their future. To this end, Active Property Investing have been supporting the work of Global Village Housing (GVH) since 2015.

Global Village Housing is an Australian social enterprise supporting some of the poorest families across Cambodia with high-quality housing. Living conditions in the Cambodian villages that GVH work in are some of the worst in the world – unsafe, unsanitary and insecure.

GVH has designed houses that fit in with local traditions and environmental challenges, using local materials and labour. These houses are high quality, fully insulated, relocatable and designed to withstand Cambodia’s diverse weather conditions. Led by founder Jason Thatcher and an incredible crew of Australian volunteers, GVH invests every dollar into the construction and delivery of these homes.

Active Property Investing contributes a portion of profits to building and gifting GVH homes throughout the year spearheaded by our director Emma Allen. “We get just as much out of our involvement with GVH as they do and can make a direct and lasting impact on these communities, changing the world for one family at a time,” says Emma.

In 2017, API’s involvement extended to the School Projects. “Education is key to getting out of poverty. Especially for young girls, it’s incredibly important to invest in their future and to give them opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

API has been major sponsors of building and renovating two schools (2017 and the 2018 School Projects) in Battambang province Cambodia. These schools now support over 500 children in the province and many more generations to come. In 2019, API was honoured guests at the opening celebration of the school attended by village leaders and officials.

API has also built and gifted more than 12 GVH homes and committed to the ongoing distribution of learning and teaching resources, school uniforms, shoes, backpacks, chickens, rice and much more.

2020 is the first year that API has not been able to travel to Cambodia to reunite with the families and communities they’ve supported and become dear friends with.

These communities need our help more than ever. Get involved by sponsoring a $30 school pack, $100 for a bike or any donation big or small for school resources! Click on the Donate button below to make your tax-deductible donation now.

2019 Houses4Cambodia Kids Project

The 2019 project connected school kids in Sydney with those of the Tractor School in rural Cambodia. Kaya, Maddie and Josie along with their mothers raised over $12,000 at the ‘Kids 4 Cambodia Bingo Night’ and hand delivered much needed bikes, school resources, kits and materials to numerous schools in Battambang province. The bingo night was a hit, with enough funds to build and gift two GVH houses. A trip of a lifetime for this group of 10-year olds.

2018 Cambodian School Project

Our 2018 school project built ‘The Tractor School’ on newly cleared land. A collaboration of corporate partnerships with Energize Health Club, Vietnam Motorbike tours, and GVH sponsors in SE Asia and the UK made this difficult project come to fruition. Facilities included two brand new classrooms, teacher and learning resources, a fresh water well, toilet facilities and playground for the overall health and wellbeing of the school children and their rural community.

2017 Cambodian School Project

Emma established Houses4Cambodia, alongside three friends in 2017, to create a platform to raise funds for the GVH School Project. The Battambang school was a mere dirt shack when GVH set about the task of renovating, with new walls, roof, insulation, clean drinking well, toilets, trees, playground and resources. See photos below of the The School Project, Battambang.

Houses4Cambodia hosted a fundraising dinner that raised just over $30,000 to cover the cost of the school. This was made possible thanks to the incredible support and generosity of countless friends, communities and businesses who really got behind for the cause. See photos of the 2017 GVH Fundraising Dinner.

The Women Changing the World

This book is a collection of stories for women by women focused on inspiring purpose, vision and everyday activism. Featuring real-life, relatable role-models from all walks of life who are women changing the world through entrepreneurialism, education, conscious living, giving back, advocacy, innovation and more who had the courage to listen to the call to make a difference and took action to make it happen!

The Women Changing the World is a collaboration of authors featuring Emma Allen, our Director. She writes about her philanthropic values and work that she has been involved with in Australia and overseas. This includes her collaboration with Global Village Housing (GVH) building and gifting homes and schools in rural part of Cambodia; The Sewing Sisters Project and The Liza Label, socially conscious business by Samantha Townend; and the battle to change our perception of women and girls through the Striking Distance project, to use self-defence as a way to combat bullying and violence towards women.

Emma says that “if we are aware of what needs to change, we just need to care enough to do something about it.”

The vision for this book was to create something powerful that would inspire others to take action and make the world a better place. We hope this book inspires you to create positive change in big and small ways.

The book launch involved presentations by some of the authors at an online-festival in December 2021. To watch a recording of Emma’s presentation on her chapter, view the YouTube clip here.

Back Yourself

Back Yourself is an Amazon Best Seller, about encouraging women to step up, overcome self-doubt and believe that they are capable of achieving their dreams! Featuring API founder Emma Allen, in collaboration with other leading Australian businesswomen across diverse industries and ages, this book is the brainchild of Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner from AusMumpreneur and the Women’s Business Collective.

Filled with practical tips for people looking to start a business, or scale their business, with invaluable advice from women who’ve tread the path already, having created and scaled successful, profitable businesses.

Authors will feature in the Back Yourself Business Festival and a TEDcircle on intergenerational learning. All profits will contribute to scholarships supporting disadvantaged women via The Women’s Business Collective.

“Back Yourself shares the secrets that really make a difference. Wise, innovative, practical and inspiring – It’s a must read book for every business women.” Hay House author, Susan Pearse

“Back Yourself editor Peace Mitchell and her platform of supporting women in business inspires us to never give up on out business goals. This book shows us how we all stand on each other’s shoulders!” Tererai Trent, author of The Awakened Woman

Striking Distance

The Striking Distance Project

Active Property Investing are a major sponsor of Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu’s Striking Distance project. This unique, predominantly female dojo is a trailblazer for empowering girls and women in the fight against domestic violence and bullying. API is proud to play a part in helping girls and women develop physical and emotional strength and self-esteem to fight back against violence and bullying.

Their extensive programs develop skills relevant not just to martial arts but also to life, particularly for young girls and teenagers. Girls and women hold the key to unlock our society’s future. We at API are incredibly passionate about empowering women and supporting the project’s mission to create a safe place for everyone to thrive.

Founder of Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu, Rose Smith is filming a documentary called ‘Striking Distance’ following the journey of teen martial artists in their pursuit of black belts and national titles. “I hope the documentary will be a catalyst for martial arts everywhere, to rethink how we teach and attract women and girls and to create equal opportunities for women in martial arts. We want all girls, everywhere, to be inspired to take up the challenge: to learn to defend themselves, to feel strong and powerful in their own bodies, and to be confident to say ‘I deserve better’.” says Rose Smith.

Get involved! Click on the Donate button below to make your tax-deductible donation now.