In 2008, Threaded Leaf Project's Founder and Executive Director, Maury McCown, had an encounter with the Daraja Children's Choir of Africa that changed the course of his life forever. Through his experience with Daraja, the vision of a non-profit ministry began forming with the belief that the vast majority of people want to help those in need, but for people to help, they must be told about the need — and they must see real benefits from the support they provide.
From this point forward, Maury felt the Lord calling him to be a person to connect those who have a need with those willing to help — to be a mouthpiece, an advocate, a bridge to connect people.
In 2011, that vision from 2008 became a registered 501(c)(3), and Threaded Leaf Project officially started. Since then, Threaded Leaf Project continues to grow, and we're now operating with an amazing 10-member, volunteer team, 11 students in our Cambodia Scholarship Program, 8 girls in our Cambodia College Girls' Dorm, 7 guys in our Cambodia College Guys' Dorm, and amazing team of talented Cambodian tailors, and numerous volunteers. We take teams with us to Cambodia to experience the Lord's work first-hand — and our work has also expanded to include East Asia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua — with other countries on the horizon.
When Threaded Leaf Project first started, our logo was a barren tree with one green leaf, and that green leaf meant there was still life in the tree — a life not to be overlooked even though the tree around it seemed dead and lifeless.
As we spent more and more time working in Cambodia, we began to see that most organizations focus on the negatives and the dark side of the country — and we wanted to concentrate on the positive life change the Lord was bringing throughout the country. We didn't disregard the darkness; we just chose to focus our perspective on the beauty, the leaf that still had life — not the withering tree. So, we abandoned the tree imagery and kept the leaf.
Our mission is to thread hope toward brighter futures and thread the love and grace of Christ into the lives of the folks we work alongside — so it only made sense to use "threaded" in our name.
Threaded Leaf Project is a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) non-profit governed by our 5-member Board of Directors. We are not affiliated with any church, any other non-profit, business, or sending agency. We rely completely on merchandise sales and general donations made by individuals and organizations to help us continue our ministry. Since Threaded Leaf Project is 100% volunteer, 100% of all proceeds directly fund our Cambodian and International projects.
"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.'" — Mark 16:15