I was contacted recently by a lovely Deakin University student called Catherine. In January of this year she travelled to Cambodia with the Deakin Abroad program to help do refurbishments and repairs at the Kolap Boun Children's Home.
While they were there they repaired the existing play equipment and added new equipment, created gardens, refurbished the boys dorm and made safe areas for the children to play in.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Cambodia, it is a beautiful country rich with history and culture, but torn apart by war. They have been ravaged by harsh dictatorships, invasions from neighbouring and far reaching countries, and famine. While they are a democratic country now, it has been a long and bloody road to get to this point, and poverty is still commonplace.
The Kolap Boun Children's Home is a government run children's home which houses 50 young people between the ages of 5 and 18. When Catherin and the Deakin Abroad group arrived to help out in January they discovered that the children's home had just had their funding cut, and now they cannot afford to provide breakfast to any of their residents.
The Deakin Abroad group has now started a crowdfunding program to raise at least $18,000 to bring a permanent breakfast program to the children of Kolap Boun, and help give them the healthy start they need to their day. The breakfast program costs $1 per child per day, an amount which should be easily afforded, unfortunately in a country where poverty is still the norm this simply isn't the case.
This is where you lovely people come in. If any of you are feeling generous, and have a few dollars to spare, click on the link below to go to their crowd funding page and donate it for the kids of Cambodia.
For further information on the program you can also visit their Facebook page.
All funds donated to the breakfast program go directly to the children, so there is no need to worry that you are simply paying for their administrative fees, you can feel safe knowing that your money will be helping the children.
Well that's all from me for today, don't forget to check out the links above, and I will be back again soon for more fun.
*All photographs used in this blog are photographed by and published with the permission of the Deakin Abroad group. Searching for Sanity is in no way affiliated with either the Deakin Abroad Group or with Kolap Boun Children's Home. I have not been reimbursed in any way for this article.*