Monday, 4 May 2015

Kids In Cambodia Fundraiser.....Part 1

'Giving is like drawing water from a well; as water is drawn, more flows in. It is by giving that blessings continue to flow" Shih Cheng Yen

Almost a year ago, I quit my job in Japan and decided to travel the world with a very clear goal in mind. Through my journey I was looking for ways in which I could compassionately impact the world and soon enough the answer was revealed. As an educator, I believe that every child should have the right to an education but unfortunately in this world that isn't always the case.

So my mission is to try and support students in developing countries who desire to go to school and learn and who dream of going to Uni and obtaining a degree in a career that would benefit their family, community and society.

So for my next Ultra Run, I have decided to make it a focus to raise Funds for students and their schools in Siem Reap. 
While I was in Siem Reap, I met an extraordinary man, Prosh, who started teaching english to children in his community in his living room. They came in flocks. Soon his house was no longer big enough for all the enthusiastic children, so he invested his money and raised funds to build several buildings that have now become a small community school. The children come from far and wide and their smiles reveal how excited they are to be there in the classrooms, learning and believing that they have hope for the future.

Prosh is one example of the grass roots community projects that enthusiastic locals undertake to benefit their communities. However, there is always the issue of funding these projects in such a poor country. That's where our support can be of benefit.

So my mission in conjunction with two exceptional Aussies, Barb and Chris, who have started the Kids In Cambodia Kickstart Program (KICK), is to raise funds for building projects and curriculum development amongst other things.

Barb and Chris now live in Siem Reap and have dedicated their time and efforts to this cause, an exceptional and very motivated couple. Their goal is to create sustainable communities with the support of like minded people who would like to contribute their skills, knowledge and support to these projects. So they initiated the very innovative KICK program and have since been working tirelessly to raise funds and improve living and schooling in Siem Reap.

So on May 29th, I will head to the raw and unique country of Bhutan. Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the progress of society in terms of "Gross National Happiness". I look forward to many enlightening experiences in this stunning and remarkable place, where I will be running 200km over 6 days with over 10,000 meters elevation gain.

It sounds tough but knowing that I am running not only in a spectacular and spiritual location but also for a very important cause, make the experience all that more special and humbling.

So stay tuned for more details as to how you can support the Kids in Cambodia Kickstart Program, about my experiences running Bhutan and on going progress reports of how your contributions have made a difference to the children in Siem Reap. I will be posting regular information and updates on this blog and on my FB page and on the KICK FB page.

'Every tiny drop of water contributes to making a bucket full'

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