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Bring Water, Bring Hope

Without water, there is no life. All humans need it to drink, cook, wash, and grow food. Can you imagine having to work for literally every drop? Since beginning our work in Uganda, we realized that improving access to water is key to transforming the lives of the kids who attend our Believe In Me Kabale school. Children as young as four years old spend anywhere from two to four hours a day on treacherous mountain paths to reach the only natural source of water. Many leave their homes before it is even light with a yellow jerry can on their head to begin the trek to get water, having to turn around and do it all again in the afternoon before the sun goes down.

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Journey to Cambodia 2017: Sokhem Village

The second day of our time in Cambodia was spent along the border region, and it certainly was an exciting journey to get there.  This is the second year in a row I’ve traveled during monsoon season, and the moment you turn off the paved roads to get to the rural villages, your tuk tuk rides becomes more exciting than any amusement park attraction. Then you finally just give up once the motorcart gets completely stuck, and you take off your shoes to walk the rest of the way.  Mud, glorious mud!

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Journey to Cambodia 2017: Siem Reap

Last month I got to spend time in several of the rural villages in Cambodia where LWB is making a long-term commitment to help orphaned and impoverished children. Since none of our projects here would be possible without your generous support, I’d love to take you along on my journey by sharing some of what I experienced.

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ABC Educational Materials Drive

For children attending our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia, learning English is an essential piece of their education. English proficiency is a power tool in gaining access to higher education and future sustainable employment, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty. One way to gain fluency in another language is by hearing it spoken frequently. […]

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Thanks For The Shoes!

We reached our goal — and then some!

For the last week, Because International has been partnering with Love Without Boundaries to match donations of The Shoe That Grows, a long-lasting shoe that grows with kids up to five sizes. Each pair costs $15, and Because International committed to matching the first 500 pairs purchased.

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The Shoe That Grows

For most of us, being barefoot brings to mind thoughts of relaxing by the pool or the beach, watching TV on the couch, or going to bed. It’s a choice. Since beginning our work in Africa, many of us have been struck by the reality that being barefoot for Uganda children is ordinary and every day. These children do not wear shoes because, quite simply, they do not have shoes to wear.

Being barefoot throughout the day may be common in Uganda, but it is hazardous to their health.

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Looking Sharp in School Uniforms

In Cambodia, school uniforms are very important. They impart a sense of pride in one’s school as well as a sense of belonging. The students at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia recently received their new school uniforms, and we love the proud looks on their faces as they model them for us!

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Change For Change

Last weekend, I was part of a heartwarming project that will benefit the children from LWB’s Believe in Me Kabale school in Uganda. This was a relatively easy project to do with the youth at my church, and one which I believe can have a real impact on both the children at the school in Uganda but also the children here in the U.S. who have been inspired to help.

Thank you to the Abiding Presence Lutheran youth groups for assembling 40 CHANGE FOR CHANGE coin collection jars. Each family took a jar home, and we had some to spare so other families in the congregation could participate in this fundraiser to bring hope to the village. Read more

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Life in Sokhem Village

Ninety percent of Cambodians living in extreme poverty live in the rural countryside. Some of the poorest villages are located along the border of Thailand, which is where LWB is now working. Children in this region often live in remote villages, with little access to basic social services such as health care or a nearby school.

Last October, we made a commitment to the children of Sokhem Village, many whom are left behind all day while their parents travel to Thailand in search of work. Read more.

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The Resilience of Anna

Five-year-old Anna has had a truly difficult year so far.

In early February, she accidentally fell into the cooking fire at home and received very painful burns. Anna was rushed to the hospital where she received medical treatment. Now, she is back in school and is slowly regaining her health and stamina. Our hearts are saddened over what this beautiful child has endured, but Anna showed us all her gentle resilience when she shared the sweetest smile less than a week after her discharge from the hospital. Read more.

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