And let the CONSTRUCTION begin!

Let me tell you about a special guy I just met yesterday named Will.

Will’s older sister, Emily, is a Grade 8 student in my homeroom and last week their family travelled to Cambodia for the very first time. Will came to see me yesterday. He’s in Grade 4 (maybe Grade 5 – I forget!). We have never met before. But he felt compelled to come and find me to speak to me about his experience in Cambodia because his older sister told him about my experience raising money through the boxing.

I was running late for my yard duty, but this was one of the most important conversations I had that day (and possibly all week, or all year or for the last year too). Will was inspired to do something to help others and that is worth every moment in the world. He wanted to talk about ways that he might be able to help out. I knew just how he felt. Sometimes you just need to take a look around the world and try to understand people from THEIR experience. It’s not always easy because the life we live might be so very different. But Will noticed this, and recognized how lucky he is in his own life, and decided that he wanted to give back.

I’m impressed. It took me a long, long time to become that aware of what is going on in the world around me. But when it hits you, it hits you like lightning.

I told Will about my next goals. During my parents visit over to see me, we are going to be travelling to Cambodia to give back. This has been an experience that I have wanted to share with my own parents since I first visited Cambodia 9 years ago. That trip left a lasting impression on me too. Will, I can totally relate.

During our trip together, my parents and I (along with a group of fantastic teachers from the Canadian International School and also my darling hubby, Kelso) will be headed to Phnom Penh to donate clothing and other goods to the People Improvement Organization (PIO), the New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) AIDS Orphanage and also building 16 houses through the Tabitha Foundation for people who have barely a roof over their own heads. (You can read all about these organizations by clicking on the heading at the top of the page titled “Charities That I Support”)

The PIO kids sporting their new football jerseys we donated a couple of years ago.

The PIO kids sporting their new football jerseys we donated a couple of years ago.

We are working to raise $25,000 USD to be able to build the houses (they cost $1,100 USD per house to build) and also to be able to donate to these other fantastic organizations as well. It will be an experience of a lifetime. And I know, like Will, this trip to Cambodia will leave a lasting impression on my parents and I am excited to share in this experience with them.

The before and after shot of a family's home.

The before and after shot of a family’s home.

Please help us to raise the money to be able to make a difference.


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* It is important that you make it clear that your donation is for the CIS Teachers House Build Trip. The trip is organized by our team leader, “Donna Jackson” and her name will also appear on the screen *


Help us to help those who need it.

You can help to bring a smile to a Cambodian child's face.

You can help to bring a smile to a Cambodian child’s face.


About K.O.

I am a middle school Drama specialist and boxing enthusiast. I love to spend time with friends and family in Singapore and Canada, travelling, watching movies and then writing about my experiences here.

Posted on September 18, 2013, in Fundraising, Travels. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Awesome Pink, I’m still sobbing. Can’t wait to do this. I know I will be forever changed. Thanks for making this happen, to do this with you is a feeling beyond words. Will is an intuitive little boy.

    Sent from my iPad

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