Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rotarians, Bicycles, Muskoka School & Cambodia World Family - Krong Kep School

It's been a busy, busy first 2 months...I'm well on the way to distributing over 145 bicycles that have been generouly donated by the Rotary Clubs of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes and Orillia in Ontario, and some sponsored by private donors...more news on this, The Muskoka School Uniform Gift Distribution Ceremony, the District 7070 Rotary Sweat Equity Trip to Cambodia, and my present volunteer endeavors at the Cambodia World Family School - Krong Kep (CWF-KEP)will be posted here in a day or two. In the meantime - enjoy the newly posted photos....

Many thanks to volunteer and dear friend, Pauline Johns from Australia for her support the past three weeks, and all the wonderful projects that she has implemened here in Cambodia. She just finished accompanying me and two CWF-Kep teachers for days as we home-interviewed 76 student bike recipients in rural Kep villages.

I’ve been here in Cambodia for 2 months now, and have home-interviewed, documented and distributed 111 bicycles so far. For the past week and a half, I’ve been situated in Kep, Cambodia, where I had the opportunity to see the dire need in the surrounding rural villages. Families here survive on next to nothing. The only income they may get is the $1/day they make when they are hired to hand-harvest a rice crop in the sweltering sun.

Schools are sometimes up to 10km away, so many children don’t have the opportunity to go to school - you have given these children the valuable gift of education.

As the Christmas season approaches, consider telling your friends about the benefits that a gift of a bicycle can give to a rural child in the developing country of Cambodia.

A special Christmas gift card has been designed for this purpose. A donation of $50 provides a child with a sturdy bicycle equipped with a carrier, basket, generator-powered lamp, lock and key. I will be in Cambodia for several weeks yet to distribute more bicycles. Bicycle donations can be made to:

A Mine Free World Foundation
906 Fung Place,
Kitchener, ON, Canada
N2A 4M3