Cambodian Kids

$228,247 of $240k goal

Raised by 359 people in 19 months
Rich Cromwell  BRUNSWICK, ME
For 6 years Rich Cromwell has been helping orphanages in Cambodia to have access to clean water, fresh food and a safe, clean environment.
The sun has been shining brightly on CIO.  Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people from around the world the children of CIO now have a safe and permanent home.  Just 5 months ago the children were sleeping on the floors of bamboo huts at risk of eviction, and now they have their own home.

We have one last objective that needs to be reached. Currently 3 of the 8 rooms in the dormitory are serving as classrooms and a library. This means 39 children are living in 5 rooms.

For $25,000 we can construct a Learning Center at CIO. It will be an immeasurable benefit not only to the children of CIO but also to the village children of the poor community where CIO is located.  Sitha and Srey Mom's willingness to open the new Learning Center to the village will give CIO the opportunity to bring education and its long term benefits to more children.

CIO has taken a group of kids otherwise doomed to a life of poverty and constant peril and provided them with a safe environment to grow up in and an education that will give them the tools to achieve a better life. Your generosity will benefit them not only now, but for 100 years, as it influences not just them, but their children and grandchildren.

You can learn more about Rich's  work at www.cambodiankids.org.
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Update 17
Posted by Richard Cromwell
2 months ago
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Thank you again for your generosity in helping the children of CIO to have a permanent home.

We have one last objective that needs to be reached. Right now 3 of the 8 rooms in the dormitory are serving as classrooms and the library. This means 39 children are living in 5 rooms.

For $25,000 we can construct a Learning Center. It will be an immeasurable benefit not only to the children of CIO but also to the village children of the poor community where CIO is located.

CIO has taken a group of kids otherwise doomed to a life of poverty and constant peril and provided them with a safe environment to grow up in and an education that will give them the tools to achieve a better life. Your generosity will benefit them not only now, but for 100 years, as it influences not just them, but their children and grandchildren.

Sitha and Srey Mom's willingness to open the new Learning Center to the village will give CIO the opportunity to bring education and its long term benefits to more children.

We know you have been generous in the past. Please help us now by forwarding this message to your friends and contacts to help us reach this final goal.
CIO and Village Kids with New Books
Inside the Temporary Library at CIO
CIO Kids Opening Donated Books
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Update 16
Posted by Richard Cromwell
4 months ago
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Dear Sponsors, Donors, Supporters and Friends,

For this upcoming holidays, Children’s Improvement Organization (CIO) would like to wish you and all your families joy, peace and good health this Holiday Season.

May the magic of Christmas twinkle in your life throughout the holidays and the upcoming new year.

Merry Christmas to you & all your families & a happy prosperous New Year. Thank you and Thank you for your ongoing support and love.

With love and appreciation at Christmastime and always.
Sitha, Sreymom and all the kids xxx
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Update 15
Posted by Richard Cromwell
5 months ago
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CIO is not just a place to eat and sleep. Srey Mom and Sitha’s vision goes far beyond meeting the basic needs of the children; they seek to provide their children with educational opportunities, tutoring, and arts and music training. To help them achieve their vision we are now working to build a Learning Center within the walls of CIO. This Center will have two classrooms for the children to study in and a Library for which we are already receiving book donations. While some money has already been raised to begin the Learning Center, to complete it we are looking to raise another $20,000.

One of the things that will make this Learning Center so special is that not only will it benefit the children of CIO, but also benefit the children from the village in which CIO is located. The Learning Center will provide village kids access to books and educational opportunities that do not exist for them today.

The kids have doubled up in their bedrooms so we can use bedroom space for the classrooms and library until the Learning Center is complete. (see photos)

Please spread the word we are on the home stretch!!
Amy's art class in temporary classroom
The kids enjoy their temporary library
Back to school....on the dorm steps
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Update 14
Posted by Richard Cromwell
6 months ago
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It’s Almost Moving Day

We’ve reached a great milestone which just one year ago seemed almost impossible. However, due to the generosity of over 300 donors from around the world we will be moving the kids into their new home in late October.

CIO is not just a place to eat and sleep. Srey Mom and Sitha’s vision goes far beyond meeting the basic needs of the children; they seek to provide their children with educational opportunities, tutoring, and arts and music training. To help them achieve their vision we are now working to build a Learning Center within the walls of CIO. This Center will have two classrooms for the children to study in and a Library for which we are already receiving book donations. While some money has already been raised to begin the Learning Center, to complete it we are looking to raise another $22,000.

One of the things that will make this Learning Center so special is that not only will it benefit the children of CIO, but also the children from the village where CIO is located. The Learning Center will provide village kids access to educational opportunities that do not exist for them today.

To celebrate their new home, Sitha, Srey Mom and the kids are having a huge housewarming event on the 19th of November. Many of you from around the world will not be able to join us, but hopefully some of you can. We will share photos and videos of the event so those not attending can experience the joy of this occasion.

Thank you for all your support.

Rich
Housewarming Invitation
The kids moving in
A view of the completed dorms
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Jennifer Lee Wisbey
10 months ago
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It would be great if everyone on my facebook could give $10 , give up a wine, beer a couple of cups of coffee, to help this project. Lets give these kids a chance at a normal life.

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Nicholas Sherman
12 months ago
1
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I know Rich personally. He is doing an amazing job working with this Cambodian orphanage. If you can spare a few dollars I can assure you that every penny will be well-spent and will make a world of difference for these kids.

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$228,247 of $240k goal

Raised by 359 people in 19 months
Created September 30, 2015
MW
$300
Mei Fen Wen
17 days ago
1
1

Every kid deserves education.

RM
$364
Rotary Club of Bath, Maine
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
1
1

Our Rotary has been helping the wonderful children of CIO since 2013.

$5
Solène Robillard
1 month ago
1
1
HB
$20
Harley Bassett
1 month ago
1
1
$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
1
1
LM
$100
Larry McNaughton
2 months ago
1
1

Thanks for your great work Rich!

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
$1,000
Amy Lau
2 months ago
1
1

Donation for the enhancement of the current CIO home and for the construction of the new learning center to the village.

JE
$30
Janie Estes
2 months ago
1
1
SB
$15
Susan Blackie
2 months ago
1
1
Jennifer Lee Wisbey
10 months ago
2
2

It would be great if everyone on my facebook could give $10 , give up a wine, beer a couple of cups of coffee, to help this project. Lets give these kids a chance at a normal life.

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Nicholas Sherman
12 months ago
1
1

I know Rich personally. He is doing an amazing job working with this Cambodian orphanage. If you can spare a few dollars I can assure you that every penny will be well-spent and will make a world of difference for these kids.

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