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Project CHAB 2018

$1,171 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 4 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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We have had another personal visitor to CHAB School, Siem Reap! And the good news is that a lot of you know him. Dun dun dun..... my friend Isaiah went to Cambodia and Bona took him on a tour! He showed Isaiah the new school (see photos) and took a couple of photos with some of the kids. I am always so happy when someone can visit, and vouch for the validity of all that Bona is doing! Isaiah and Alex donated some time and some money to the school. Be like I & A! :)

I was also told that since they moved to the new location, lots more kids have gotten wind of the program and there are a lot of new faces coming to class now. More teachers = more gas money to go collect kids from the rural areas....

I was thinking of trying to set up a TripAdvisor entry (somehow) to advertise Bona's tours. Like a guide service of the neighborhoods and schools for tourists. (5 stars!!) I wonder if I can do that. I will let you know!

Follow us on Instagram @CHABSchool (lol. yes, really)

Thank you Jackie, Molly and now Isaiah for visiting!
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Hey CHAB fans! Check out our new school! Quite a change from the rain in Los Angeles! They aren’t messing around when they say “rainy season” ... Paddle onboard and join da cause! Donate to CHAB School today!
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Hi guys,
Just FYI, the rest of the money was transferred today and the receipt is attached. Bona has moved to the new government building and he said that there are a lot more kids who want to come to his school. I'm really not sure what to do now, because we can't fund the schools forever. He has been going to all the guesthouses in Siem Reap to see if the tourists would like a tour of the villages in exchange for a fee, but no one has been interested. This seems ridiculous to me, as he took me, and also my friend and her family on the tour of the villages in the outskirts of Siem Reap and it was pretty crazy to see what the people were doing outside of the center of tourist town. Why do they say no? It's such a good idea!
Thank you for your continuing support and hopefully you will be able to go see the school in person soon. Cambodia is just around the corner :)
Love Gen
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Here is a letter from the donation. If you guys would like to "like" or share their page, it would be great. I won't be intermingling charities again, I promise. I just was pretty blown away by this one and support it! Share if you have time! CHAB will be on their wall of supporters!

Dear CHAB School,

We are Tamar and Phil Koosed, founders of Save the Syrian Children, a non-profit organization focused on delivering medical aid to the hardest hit areas of the Syrian war. We received a donation in your honor, so we wanted to say thank you so very much!

The gift made in your name will directly save lives. Because we have no overhead and we are buying medical supplies at true cost, 100% of this money will go straight to impacting children. This is something Phil, my husband, and I have been working on day and night, leveraging our networks and doing everything we can to help. Having the support of people like you means the world to us, but means even more to the families this will save. The need of children in this horrific war is so shocking, but if we all care, we can help and we can save lives. We have added your name to our wall of humanitarian warriors on our website.

As a measure of your impact, we wanted to let you know that the Turkish government has continuously upheld their commitment and cleared our shipments of emergency medical. These goods travel across southeast Turkey to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing into Syrian territory for distribution to over 28 different hospitals in Idlib and Aleppo. The entire journey from the Port of Mersin to Syria is video documented. Take a look at our website ( www.savethesyrianchildren.org/the-impact) when you have a chance.

Last thing, we are trying to get the word out as much as possible, so if you can share this with as many people as you can it would be much appreciated.

Please like our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/savethesyrianchildren.org/) to get up to the moment updates on our progress. We will also be sharing there more pictures and videos of the goods in the hospitals in Idlib and Aleppo.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Love,
Tamar & Phil
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