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Ary Village: A New School Program in Cambodia

2018 is just getting underway, but we already have wonderful news to share about our third and newest Believe in Me school in rural Cambodia, located in Ary Village. What makes our Believe In Me Ary Village school a very exciting project is that it is in partnership with the local Department of Education. Several months ago, we learned about an old school building which had fallen into disrepair in a region hit hard by poverty. This area has a similar demographic to both our Rangsei and Sokhem Village schools in that many of the children are “left behind” when their parents travel into Thailand searching for work. Malnutrition and illiteracy are sadly far too common.

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Our Top Ten Photos of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect back on the year’s highlights. Every year we go through thousands of pictures taken in our programs to bring you our much-anticipated Top Ten Photos.  As you look at the children’s beautiful faces, we hope you will realize our life-changing work is only possible because of your kindness and support. Please enjoy a few of our Top Ten Photos of 2017 and click here to visit our website to see them all!

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Heath’s Desire to Learn

Last month, one of our Cambodia team members met a young boy named Heath. Heath is eleven years old and has severe cerebral palsy. He always wondered what was inside books and wanted to learn to read so badly. However, Heath has never been able to attend school due to his special needs. The very first thing we arranged for Heath was new crutches to help him with mobility, but then we began talking with his family about how it could become possible for this bright little boy to finally go to school.

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Fighting Hunger Through Hot Lunches

Approximately 75% of children in Cambodia are chronically malnourished. We’re working to change that number through our hot lunch program in our Believe in Me schools. Ruby tells us that she eats as much as she can for lunch at our Believe in Me Sokhem school because she doesn’t know when she will have the opportunity to eat again. It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? Yet this type of food insecurity is quite common in this region of Cambodia.

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A Teachable Moment

I am sure we have all had those frustrating moments in life when you stop and ask yourself if you are doing enough to teach your children. Mine came Tuesday afternoon when I volunteered for the first time in my daughter’s kindergarten class. I was shocked at the way the children treated their teacher.  I started thinking: Am I doing enough to teach my kids how to respect the institution of school and teachers who work hard for so little in return?

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Scenes From School: Believe In Me Kabale

The second term of school at Believe In Me Kabale has ended, and children are now on a one-month vacation. We thought this would be the perfect time to present some scenes from school and highlights from the last term. We are very proud of these kids and their progress!

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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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