HOW YOU CAN HELP DELIVERING KIDS DREAMS
HELP VILLAGE KIDS DREAMS OF A BETTER FUTURE - These kids selfless dreams are truly inspirational. Their dreams are not about cars, houses and holidays for themselves. They only want to be able to help support their parents and siblings to three meals a day over the whole year. Also if they haven’t been able to attend government school, they are determined to help younger brothers and sisters to do that. Life is very tough by western nations standards, and at ages 11 and 12 in most families, they understand they are expected to be working, if they aren’t already. Failed crops, droughts, disease and floods etc. only compound their challenges.
YOUR KIND DONATION WILL REALLY CHANGE LIVES - These youngsters are not afraid to work hard at something, they have been doing that their entire lives. They just need the education framework to make things happen themselves. Everything is changing in Cambodia now, and without this they can no longer flow on into paid employment like police etc.
RECURRING DONATIONS ALLOW US TO PLAN RESPONSIBLY - These are an absolute lifeline to us. Meeting the projects funding needs to keep operations running daily, is the single biggest challenge we face every month. Stable income gives us the ability to pay our teachers, other running costs and to plan ahead a little. It also allows us to respond to new curriculum level text/workbooks, stationery and other requirements in a timely manner. Use the Donate button to link to ODA's Paypal.
YOU CAN HELP US FROM YOUR COUNTRY – Planning fund raisers among your friends, family or business communities is a wonderful way to help set these disadvantaged, but enthusiastic kids, on a promising future path. An Easter raffle, a Silent Auction of donated goods, A Christmas Gift of Education, a Fund raising dinner party or progressive dinner, involve friends to dream up ideas to help you. Have fun and know your efforts are delivering a future for these kids. Please contact us for information to support your fund raiser, so you are passing on correct facts. We love to help!
SUCCESSES - Past graduates from ODA’s English programs have resulted in quality stable salaried employment for these keen intelligent young people, or allowed them to start small businesses aimed around tourism needs. They continue to support parents and siblings who remain working the farms. Graduate students make Leng very proud when they come to tell him of their success, and thank him very humbly for the free education that set them at the head of the queue for these positions.
CHALLENGES - Donations are the lifeline to these kids. As villagers begin to understand the changing climate that is Cambodia today, more and more students flock to our free schools. Our challenge is to stay afloat to ensure the education path is there for them until they are ready to apply for jobs.
LARGE FAMILIES - Large families are due to lack of birth control information and access. However there is also a very practical side to it as well. With no stable village employment and no money for savings, these children will have to help farm the rice, and in future provide their parents old age support! Death due to motor bikes, farming and building accidents, land mine explosions, lack of funds to seek medical care, etc., are a very sad fact here, so not all offspring will survive or be able to provide for their own families and parents old age. Rice plots are often barely big enough to provide food for a family for the full year, and things like droughts and late rains can result in no food for several weeks until crops ripen or worse. Failed crops due to droughts, disease or floods are a disaster for them.