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Project CHAB 2018

$2,000 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 8 months

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CHAB is a school in Siem Reap that was started by Mr. Kim Bona and is registered in the Interior Ministry of Cambodia. My parents stumbled across Bona and his school while they were in Siem Reap and have been sending school supplies and clothing every 6 months for quite a while.  Bona has sent photos and and uploaded them onto his website showing the children happy with the contents of their packages. The packages do arrive, and we see photos of the kids wearing the clothes that, just a few weeks back, had been sitting in a box in Los Angeles, California.

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CHAB was getting funding from a nearby tourist hotel that shared some of their profits, but the hotel was sold off, so funding slowly dwindled, and now is completely gone. Bona is afraid that the school might have to close. As of now, the teachers who pick kids up from remote villages and bring them to the school have been using their own money for gas. But they can't do that forever. Also, the government is taking back the classrooms that they let CHAB use, so Bona has to rent out a space as of March 2018. 

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The kids are mostly from small villages and otherwise won't get any schooling. The problem, in that part of the world, is that kids are often sold if they don't have skills for a proper job. CHAB gets the kids to school and teaches them math, English, hygiene and more. It keeps children off the streets, away from child labor and prostitution. They also learn to take care of themselves and of others. 

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I went to visit CHAB in July 2016. Everything you see here is true. There is a school, there are tons of students and they need to build skills for their future and stay safe! I hope to visit again in 2018. So far, many friends of ours have been great supporters. Two of them, Jackie (L) and Molly (R), went to visit CHAB School. 

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Another friend, Sarah, raised money with her daughter Elaia through Elaia's school in New York. Everyone in Elaia's grade participated!

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We reached around $4,000 for 2016 and 2017. Now we are getting ready for 2018 and I would like to give them the same amount as we did last year. The school is still open and the kids are still there. I hope everyone will repeat their donation from last year!

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Here is a photo of Bona. Please look at his website for all the details about CHAB School. There is more information about how the money is allocated, who he is, what the children do at school, volunteer opportunites and tons more:

www.humanitycambodia.org 


We can do this!
I will be more than happy to keep everyone updated on whether or not we are reaching our goal!

Most importantly, THANK YOU!

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Hey friends of CHAB,

Great news! We finally got our new tour company online and also on TripAdvisor! This is the page for the tour information: http://www.humanitycambodia.org/news-description.php?detail=1

and here is the TripAdvisor link!
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297390-d14795528-Reviews-Eco_Village_Tour-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html

The good news for you is that if you ever go to Siem Reap, be SURE to let me know so that we can have you see the real stuff in the city and some surrounding areas that no other tour will take you to. We have access to a local, and you can stop by the two schools and say hi to the kids too, if you want! You can also see the regular attractions as well (like Angkor Wat), if you prefer. (You can see all the options open to the regular general public on the website).

ICYMI, we came up with the idea of an actual company to tour people around so that CHAB can have a sustainable income instead of trying to rely solely on you guys (and other donors!) This was after Bona gave some of the donors tours of the school with his hired tuk-tuk. The tours were so successful because our visitors were so happy to meet the kids, to see hidden parts of Siem Reap, and to have someone who was born and raised there giving them a history lesson and a peek at Cambodian life, that we thought of opening a legitimate tour company. And voila!

Bona designed this cool logo and I love it because it's so bright!

If anyone else has toured, please leave some feedback on the TripAdvisor website so that we can move up in rank. If you have photos to upload as well, that would be excellent. Thank you Molly for uploading, especially the ones of you celebrating a birthday with the kids.

Lots of love,
Genevieve
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Tell me this isn’t the sweetest email you’ve ever seen... and I will challenge you! I can’t wait to go back to Siem Reap one day soon. Just need one tuk-tuk partner, but I am thiiiiiis close to throwing my hands up and going myself people!! ❤️❤️

No me digáis que este correo no es el más bonito que hayáis visto nunca.... apostamos! Tengo montón de ganas de volver a Siem Reap pronto. Solo me falta alguien con quien compartir el tuk-tuk, pero estoy ya que me voy solita eh!!? Escribo en español para los que hayan contribuido desde mi país preferido, no me olvido de vosotros! ❤️
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Hi guys,
Please check out the new tour sections in the website for CHAB School. http://www.humanitycambodia.org/news-description.php?detail=1

Bona has added a lot of really cool information to offer people guided tours in and around Siem Reap, and hopefully that can bring in some money for the school.

Won't you be happy if the school can sustain itself through tourism? And then you won't have to get emails from me? :P

He said that they were in a pinch again, so he asked that I send over what is left in the fund. So, the receipt is attached, and we are back to zero. Feel free to donate today! LOL. Well, you know, it is always welcome.

We have to re-write to TripAdvisor because the website wasn't good enough, but I am confident that if we can get them to re-evaluate, then the tour company will get on the website. I can't wait for my friends (Isaiah, Alex, Jackie, Mark, Molly) to review the tour. And me! I went on the tour as well. I was pretty special. We saw, among other things, people who lived in houses (well, shacks...) on highhhhh up stilts because when it is rainy season, the village floods and they take boats from place to place. It was about 30 minutes outside of Siem Reap, and not frequented by tourists whatsoever.

I will leave you with a photo from the tour, when we stopped at the village school, and these two little sweeties were pumping some water.
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Hey guys!
Check out the CHAB chart to see where the money is going. If you feel like it on this lovely Monday, please donate to help pay for the gasoline of one teacher to go out into a school/center that is outside of the city! Remember that the people here are still rebuilding their lives after the Cambodian Genocide of the mid to late seventies. Most of the population is young since so many older people were killed. These young people need education to build their county back up to its potential. Yes, I learned all of this from the Angelina Jolie movie... : ) I originally just fell for the kids' faces, their beautiful good manners and the crazy hard work that Bona is doing with barely any money for anyone. The new generation may be poor, but these kids are SMART! They need teachers to get them up up up and into good schools and even colleges! It all starts here, when they are little!
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