CHAB is a school in Siem Reap that was started by Mr. Bona Kim 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.
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.
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, and have holiday parties sometimes with some of the funds that we raise!
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 2021. So far, many friends of ours have been great supporters. Two of them below, Jackie (and her family) (L) and Molly (R), went to visit CHAB School and can attest to it being a legitimate organization that is helping underprivileged kids.
Another friend, Sarah, raised money with her daughter Elaia through Elaia's school in New York. Everyone in Elaia's grade participated!
We reached around $4,000 in 2016, 2017 and 2019. (2018 wasn't so good.... and I don't even want to get staaaaarted on 2020....) Now we are getting ready for 2021 and I would like to give them the same amount as we did in the first couple of years. The school is still open and the kids are still there. I hope everyone will repeat their donations from previous years!
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 opportunities and tons more:
Also! The newest addition to CHAB fundraising is that we opened a tour guide company called ECO-VILLAGE TOURS. Please check us out on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297390-d14795528-Reviews-Eco_Village_Tours-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html
You can take a trip with a local, who will not only introduce you to the CHAB kids (only if you want to, and if it is a school day - all also depending on the Covid situation) and take you to see places through a local's eyes, but also take you to places that the regular tours do not go to! ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHAB SCHOOL!!
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!
- Dan Chambers
- Dan Chambers
- Mary Glarum
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