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Thanks for all of the support yesterday, friends. Wow, was that voting close. We still haven’t heard who made the official Top 3 (there was a little Survivor-esque twist that could shuffle things around), but I was blown away by your support (and your emails, FB posts, comments, even texts). THANK YOU.
I thought I’d take the chance today to tell you a little more about my charity- Asian Hope. I distinctly remember reading the book “First They Killed My Father,” tears streaming down my face, heart breaking for the people of Cambodia (in the late 70s, the regime of Pol Pot killed around a fourth of the population, including most of the educated citizens- more detailed info is here). Understandably, the country is still struggling to recover.
Our family is so excited to be a part of that recovery effort through our support of the organization Asian Hope. Asian Hope has schools, orphanages, and a Village Development Program to provide support and education in Phnom Penh (and surrounding villages). Also, they have a higher education partnership where students from the Boys’ Home and Girls’ Home come to the US for college, then return to Cambodia to spearhead the effort to help Cambodia regain education and leadership that was taken during the Khmer Rouge.
We’ve had a chance to meet many of these students (they’re based in Denver in the summers) and head their stories (oh my… that’s the best description I can give- oh my). I cannot adequately describe the redemptive work that Asian Hope is making on the lives of Cambodian students and families, but it is amazing, life changing (system changing!) work. If you’d take a minute to watch the video, you’ll have a better idea of what I mean.
Adam and I are also hoping to go to Cambodia next winter with Asian Hope. Medical relief work is one of the reasons Adam went to dental school- we can’t wait for him to be part of free clinics like this one that Asian Hope recently hosted (the pic above is of his trip with Global Dental Relief last summer to Guatamala).
Thanks for taking a minute to read, to watch, and to learn more about the work of Asian Hope in Cambodia. Remember, the proceeds of your purchases from the pop-up shop of bow ties and reversible dresses go to support Asian Hope! You can also give online here.
Wow how lucky you are to be apart of that! When I went to dental assisting school I told myself that I was going to be apart of some thing like that some day and assist a dentist. Unfortunately I never found a practice that took part. So to me that is really so amazing you get to be apart of that!!! I’m going to live vicariously through you 😉 I can’t wait to see what you get to do!
Aleca- I love it that you wanted to do this too!!! I think that Cure International takes teams- Adam has looked into their organization and has been really impressed. Let me know if you go on a trip! 🙂
wow! Fun connection! We have been to one of the schools and the boys and girls home in Cambodia that A.H. runs. Our really good friend Dan is the principal at the school where all the kids go! You are going to have a blast visiting!!! Let me know if you want any information or I can also pass on e-mails of our friends to you…
oh my goodness, I LOVE that emily!!! 🙂 we are good friends with katie and jordan fischer (they work for asian hope stateside). if we go to cambodia this winter, I’m sure we’ll get to meet your friend dan- how fun!
I love finding random connections like this. 🙂