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During the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot era (1975 – 1979) the people of Cambodia endured Genocide that resulted in the death of over 2 million people, 25% of the population of the country, or, more chillingly at least one member of every single family.
Despite widespread poverty the Cambodians are proud people and do whatever they can to make ends meet. Although much is being done by the government to improve lives much more is needed to make a real difference, especially in terms of health and education.
Many families in rural areas earn less than $2 a day and cannot afford to build water wells or educate their children. In Cambodia each child needs to provide their own school materials and uniforms, teachers often work double sessions for a very meager salary.
The Cambodian Child’s Dream organization was founded in 2007 by a local tour guide who wished to build water wells. When Ms. Jenni Lipa arrived from the USA and donated her first well she very soon realized that it is the children that hold the key to the future of the country. The children deserve clean water, good education, better nutrition and improved heath. With this in mind she spearheaded many new programs and initiatives and founded Cambodian Child’s Dream Organisation a US based non-profit organization in February 2009.
Due to strong support in the UK, Ms Margaret Jarman founded Friends of CCDO, UK in May 2011.
Currently 2,000 children are being sponsored at 4 schools. Stationary, books as well as much needed English teachers are provided. Teachers salaries are supplemented to a living wage of $50 a month. Playgrounds, soccer fields and volley ball courts have been installed and 250 children are now under scholarship and have been provided with 220 bicycles to get to school.
It is the fervent hope of the Cambodian Child’s Dream Organisation to provide
C – Commitment to access free quality education for children
C- Community involvement and honesty in what we do
D – Development of culture and living environment
O – opportunity to live a better life breaking free of the poverty cycle
Cambodian Childs Dream vision is to create healthy, educated, thriving, sustainable villages in rural areas of Siem Reap
Your opportunity to help
On Friday 24th of April 2015 there will be a fundraising event held at the Premier Sports Bar in Bangrak, this is your opportunity to donate gift certificates and items to be sold at a Live Auction or put into a raffle to enable the essential work to continue.
In the past seven years this incredible organization has built over 950 wells, 140 latrines, have provided school lunches, organized Women’s workshops, distributed 12,000 anti human trafficking brochures and touched the lives of over 10,000 people. This event will raise funds for furnishings, computers and desks for the new English classrooms, computer lab and cultural centre. $7,500 of funds are urgently needed to continue making a sustainable change to these children’s lives.
By donating gifts such as a meal for four, a spa day, a trip or tour you can help change a life in Cambodia.
The generous donations that have come in so far
Barracuda on the Wharf: Dinner for 4 Value 6,000
Nirvana: Bophut: Dinner for 2: Value 1,000 THB
W Retreat: Dinner for 2 at The Kitchen.
Orgasmic Restaurant Bangrak: Dinner for 2 with bottle of wine: Value 2,600 THB
Dr Frogs: Dinner for 2: Value 3,000 THB
The Larder Restaurant: Dinner for 2 people Value: 4,000 THB
Rocky’s Beach Thai BBQ Party for 4 people: Value 5,000 THB
Rock Salt Restaurant: 5 Course Tasting Menu for 2 people with Cocktail Value 3500 THB
Personal Services & Yoga
Yogarden Samui: 10 class pass Value: 3,500 THB
TWO Organic Facials by Frederique Deleage: Value: 3,000 THB each:
Facial by Margie: Value 1500 THB:
Shiatsu Massage by Pascal: Value 2500 THB :
Terry Searles Full Head Cut & Color: Value 3,500 THB
Ashley Bill: Personal Training Session Value 1,000
Absolute Sanctuary: 10 Class Yoga Pass Value 4,500 THB
Kamalaya: Spa Day for two people Value 15,000 THB
Six months free advertising in the Samui Times Value 12,000 THB
As well as gift certificates you can help by a donation of any size, by sharing this article to raise awareness of this event and by going along to support the event where you will be able to bid on items as well as being able to enjoy a live band and buffet.
If you would like to help please contact Roger Higginson on 099 312 2192
Note from the Editor
During the midnight run last week, organized to raise money for the Special Needs School of Samui I was overwhelmed by community support for this worthy event and in awe of the 800 who turned out at midnight to run 5 or 10k races. I watched one young western man of about 10 years of age as he did his bit for the community. As he raced with good quality sneakers and sports gear clearly provided for him by loving parents who care about the community, another little boy ran beside him, cheering him on and encouraging him. This little boy was around the same age, only he was in rags, carrying a basket of flowers. He was in Soi Reggae that night, not to run to raise money, he was there forced to sell flowers late at night, his eyes lit up when he saw the young lad running and ran alongside him, encouraging him every step of the way in his bare feet. This young man was trafficked from Cambodia. Please help.
To find out more about the CCDO click here to visit their website