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Project CHAB 2018

$2,265 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 12 months
Created January 17, 2018

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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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Update 18
Posted by Genevieve Fenster
20 days ago
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Thank you Merilyn Lin for your donation to CHAB School!

Merilyn Lin works for Operation Hope Foundation in Singapore. OHF helps Cambodian and Nepali kids who stop going to school because they don't have enough money for supplies and food, by running an non-residential sponsorship program that puts kids back in school. She saw how hard Bona works to do the same for the kids in Siem Reap, but on a much smaller scale, and decided to donate even though she works for a similar program herself! Another person who can vouch for the authenticity of Bona's work with CHAB School.

Donate today to round out 2018, before I open the 2019 page!

Here are some photos from OHF's website.
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Update 17
Posted by Genevieve Fenster
1 month ago
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Cool news! We got our first clients from TripAdvisor to go on Eco-Village Tours! They got to see a rural village and how the people handcraft baskets and other things. I even saw a photo of one of the kids with a sickle (watch out!! haha) trimming some reeds. It was undoubtedly a one of a kind experience. See photos below.

Also, as we mentioned before, Operation Hope Foundation donated money to CHAB to fix the roof at Steng Primary School, so Bona is overseeing that. They have started on the roof (I can't upload more than three photos, but I have roof photos too...) They will be getting a new fence as well and the next steps are dealing with getting the clean water situation in order.

Eco-Village Tours will be the best kept secret in Siem Reap, you will see! I can't wait for you guys to go. :)
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Update 16
Posted by Genevieve Fenster
2 months ago
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Well my friends who actually read these updates! Happy November!

There is a lot of news from CHAB School! For real! First of all, we got our tour company up and running on TripAdvisor! It's called Eco-Village Tours and it has five stars! Anyone who has been on a tour with Bona, please write a review and add some photos, we have three reviews and it would be great to get some more! Of course, since you are part of us, any time you happen to be in Siem Reap (OK, the world is small now and there are some great prices on flights these days!) you will get special treatment and the most local of local tours, you are CHAB family now. Who would have though that we would have friends in Cambodia? Lucky us!

The second AMAZING news is that Bona got in touch with Operation Hope Foundation in Singapore ( https://ohf.org.sg) OHF is run by Robert Kee who set up a foundation that recruits local staff to upgrade schools in Cambodia (and Nepal) with regular supervision from Singapore. It was registered as a charity in July 2001. OHF is planning to fix up the school in the rural village (not the one in SR) by restoring the roof, buying and installing 10 water filters for 8 classrooms, replacing a door, replacing the toilets and stalls, buying a new pump for the water well, getting 8 new benches and making a new playground. All these upgrades are set to be started in November and I can't wait to get photos from Bona to show you.

That is quite a lot of good news. Angeline Jolie would be proud :) Although I sent her NGO a letter asking for some donations and it must have gotten lost in the mail. ?? USPS???

Would you like to donate a small amount today? I already made the CHAB Christmas cards and I will send you one! I ordered photo prints by accident though! I wanted cards! How early is too early to send Christmas cards out? Er.

Best regards and lots of love,

Genevieve!
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Update 15
Posted by Genevieve Fenster
3 months ago
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Hello everyone, FYI, the latest funds available have been wired over to Cambodia. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Love, Gen (see photos attached)
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Raised by 47 people in 12 months
Created January 17, 2018
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