Tuesday, August 28, 2007


A school Building Project in Rural Cambodia funded by the generous citizens of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

August 28, 2007

In the developing country of Cambodia it does not take much to make a big difference in the lives of children! It only costs approximately $3000 to build a large one room concrete school in a rural area of this country, and this goal can be easily achieved. A big chunk of money towards the building of such a school was raised at the 2nd Annual Landmine Kids Giant Garage Sale held on Saturday August 4th in Gravenhurst. So many generous people donated their unneeded items towards this cause, and many volunteers showed up to lend a hand for the morning. A BIG THANKS to all of you!

The yard sale was also used as a depot for people to drop off their pennies towards this cause. After all was said and done we had a grand total of just over $800 from items sold at the sale and pennies.

In January 2008 Diane Harrop and I will return to Cambodia to implement the building of a school in Cambodia. This school will be built in an area of Cambodia which lacks a school, or which has a dilapidated, bug-infested school requiring replacement. The building of this school will also provide some temporary; much needed work for men in these rural areas. Upon completion, this school will be dedicated to the generous citizens of Muskoka, by hanging a sign proudly above its entrance; ‘THE MUSKOKA SCHOOL’ !

We are halfway towards our $3000 goal, so keep saving those pennies. Anyone wishing to donate towards this worthwhile project, or to have some pennies picked up, please call Diane Harrop 684-8859, Lisa McCoy 687-8538, or Mary Kerfoot 641-8773. Many thanks again to everyone from the three of us.

To find out more or to donate, email mccoy@vianet.ca
Lisa McCoy

*Pictures on this page show a school built by Phil Parry from London, England. The school is dedicated to his mother Lorna Parry. It opened in 2006 and is located in Malai, near the Thai/Cambodian border.

Photos by Lisa McCoy

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