Empowering the lives of Cambodian children through education and quality of life assistance.
Behold my passion.
My life purpose gained greater clarity when I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the latter part of January 2004. What started out as a routine sacred site journey turned into a significant part of my life’s calling.
The people who were a part of my tour that year experienced the unforgettable privilege of feeding some of the most destitute souls along the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake in this part of SE Asia. After careful instruction on what to expect when feeding hundreds of impoverished children, we went to local merchants to purchase appropriate, nourishing food. After clearing out three local street markets of everything they had, the total cost came to a whopping $86 US dollars. It was there alongside an empty vendor stand that one of life’s defining moments occurred. I realized that even I could do something to create ongoing support for these children who had nothing – a vow that would transform my life.
It has taken many years, many mistakes and set-backs including Communist interrogation, but the ultimate dream came true when I was approved in 2009 to open up a non-government regulated school within the Siem Reap area. Since then, donor participation has allowed me the privilege to build two outdoor pavilions, a bathroom, and fresh water well facilities. Serving well over 200 students annually, we teach English, mathematics, native Cambodian music and dance,. We also emphasize life skills and agriculture training along with providing hygiene and medical assistance to the orphaned and disenfranchised children throughout the Siem Reap region.
To date we have constructed 23 fresh water wells throughout the neighboring villages with a goal to provide at least a dozen more every year.
I started Khmer Child Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization stateside, that aligns with Future Khmer Child – a non-government regulated organization (NGO) in Cambodia, to facilitate the funding of these ongoing programs.
Ever year, we outline a goal that will benefit the growing demands of our school. The project for early 2012 is aimed at constructing a sewing center to provide vocational training for young girls as a preventative to the ongoing threats of a growing slave trade market. Future projects include housing for those who are orphaned as well as meeting our yearly budget which covers school administration, teacher salaries, medical support, food and utilities.
Our success is because of your ongoing support in providing these resilient kids a chance for a better now and a brighter future.
Director, Khmer Child Foundation