This month, two of Remote Year 's programs have been lucky enough to call the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia home. This city and its people have welcomed us and made us feel at home, and we in turn want to help give back to a community that truly needs it.
We've picked three organizations that we've had the opportunity to work with over the last month and will split all proceeds equally amongst these groups. Please realize that even the smallest donations go a long way, so any amount you can give this holiday season will help.
For example, the school below educates 91 students a month operating on only $800. They're currently only funded through February and anything we can give will help. The group of about 20 girls in Girl Guides could go camping for just $25. Further details, as well as links to the organizations' websites, are provided below.
The first group is Girl Guides, an organization similar to Girl Scouts that opened their home to us this past weekend in a village called Kampot. Girl Guides aims to help in the development of young girls, encouraging them to have a voice and pursue education past 9th grade. They help buid confidence and provide a safe space for the girls to grow and learn.
Below are photos from our weekend spent with the girls where the weeks lesson was about hygiene and hand washing.
The second group is Tiny Toones , a group that aims for all youth in Cambodia and beyond to live healthy lives free of HIV and drugs, realize their full potential through educational and creative opportunities; to pursue their dreams and become positive leaders of tomorrow. Every day over 200 children come to Tiny Toones to dance, make music, learn English and Khmer, computing, and spend time in a positive safe environment.
And last but not least is Hands on Helping , an organization that offers free educational opportunities to children in poor countries. From opening libraries to running their main project, the Pinnacle Community Classroom, they use education to open doors for children who have few options to succeed in life. Hands on Helping runs their own projects from start up on to ensure full cost control and reduce wasted funding that commonly plagues charitable projects in third world countries. One of our remotes spent a week here where they have only 5 computers in various states of disrepair and staff sleep outside to protect the few books and resources that they have. Students study 7 days a week learning English and Japanese in addition to their other studies in hopes of making it out of the slums.
Below are some of the photos a fellow remote took of the school, where they have four teachers for all 91 students. They also have volunteers come every Sunday to sew uniforms. The second picture shows the volunteers making their own patterns out of computer paper.
If you have any questions please reach out to your friends at Remote Year!