Sharing Foundation

January 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

This morning some of the teachers and I visited a project run by The Sharing Foundation 35km outside Phnom Penh city. Started 11 years ago by a retired pediatrician from Massachusetts, the project consists of an orphanage and several schools. The orphanage is home to about 70 children, many of whom have disabilities or HIV. The buildings that house the children (all but one who are younger than 7) are newly constructed structures with an exceptional standard of cleanliness. There is a nanny for every two children; attention is paid to health, sanitation, nutrition, and mental stimulation. The goal is to enable the children to develop into self-sufficient and positive adults who will continue the legacy of helping others. And on all accounts, this orphanage looked like a warm giant family.

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Furthermore the orphanage is incorporated into the surrounding community. A farm share project was set up to help the poorer farmers in the village to cultivate land and earn money. About 65 families participate in the project today. In exchange for being given work, the families have to send their children to school (that was set up especially for them). Today the school supports over 100 students in grades 1 and 2.

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The foundation also set up English, computer and sewing schools in the village, university sponsorships for exceptional and motivated high school students, and distributed giant rain water collectors with filters to replace the use of water from the arsenic contaminated wells. The funding for all these efforts comes only from private donors. So if you’re looking for an altruistic way to invest your $ how about sponsoring an orphan or village teen through university?

www.sharingfoundation.com

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  • 1. Over the bridge « Yelena’s Travel Blog  |  February 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    […] visited one of the orphanages today. It was in high contrast to the one maintained by The Sharing Foundation. Some of the buildings were in horrid condition, although with a cleanup and some maintenance they […]

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