“Imagine.” Let’s take a minute to think about this powerful word. It suggests ideas and dreams for the future. It brings hope that what can be imagined, can be achieved. I’m happy to say that with our donors’ help, we have achieved what was once just an idea, hope, and dream for thousands of children.
Then: Phymean Noun with the kids in the garbage dump before attending the JustWorld/PIO school.
Allow me to introduce you to some of the children at the JustWorld/People’s Improvement Organization (PIO) school at Stung Mean Chey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Han, Chhun, Vor, and Keo shared with me their dreams to someday become teachers, photographers, and nurses. Their reality, however, was much different. They were barefoot, sick, and hungry – scavenging a garbage dump for food and any materials that could be sold, earning a few pennies a day and having no means to a better life.
As you imagine how life was for these children, realize that in less than a decade, with the help from JustWorld supporters like you, we have been able to provide free education, free meals, and free medical care to more than 3,000 children at JustWorld projects in Honduras, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Brazil. We’ve given these children the ability to imagine a better life, filled with hope and sucess for the future.
Today: Students at the JustWorld/PIO school at Stung Mean Chey
Can you imagine what more we can do together?
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Aogaah Foundation® provides educational OPPORTUNITY for impoverished children by
opening and operating free Community Schools. ‘Aogaah’ means ‘opportunity’ in Khmer,
the language of Cambodia.
The Foundation educates children in their native language. Aogaah’s schools are
taught by community adults for community children. The curriculum promotes local
customs. Classes in English are only offered in communities that specifically request them.
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Aogaah need to raise a minimum of $8000 per year to enable 100 kids to have the opportunity to attend school ($10000 needed for next year), not a lot when you think of what is spent on an individuals education in the west. All monies received to date are from personal donations, some corporate donations would be nice.
Spanning 90 hectares in central north Phnom Penh, Boeung Kak Lake is one of the only large open spaces left in Cambodia’s capital city. Prior to the recent evictions, approximately 4,000 families lived on and around the lake, with many depending on the lake for their livelihood. Families have been living around the lake since the early 1980s, when they returned to the city following the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Most of these families have legal rights to their land under Cambodia’s 2001 Land Law.
The law means little to those with power in Cambodia and people are being offered way under the market value of their property to move knowing that if they do not accept they may get nothing and have the house demolished around them. Most have been given little choice but to accept knowing the recent violent history of forced evictions in Cambodia they are fearful for their family’s safety.
It is very sad to see this once vibrant and busy community being destroyed in the guise of progress, when everyone really knows it is about the rich getting even richer on the shoulders of the poor and powerless.
Being a ” Barang ” I have certain different expectations of government. Government is given power to work for the people and to protect the interests and rights of all its citizens, not just its rich and powerful ones as seems to be the case generally in Cambodia. The powerful protecting and helping the poor and needy seems not to have reached Cambodia where it seems if you have no resources you are less that nothing.
I wonder how many of the people responsible for this atrocity would like to find themselves in the same position, with few or no rights, and even those they do have being ignored because the ” rich ” know that they do not have the resources to fight for justice.
The people of Boeung Kak made a life for themselves, building on the strengths of the Khmer people ability to survive and come through by building a service industry for travellers, before the thought of fancy hotels was even a twinkle in the eye of the rich and famous. The community was rough and ready but exciting and cheap for those who visited it, they, sadly, would no longer recognised it now.
Jessica Newman ( founder and Executive Director of JustWorld International) and other members of the JustWorld team visited PIO today and were welcomed with open arms and honoured with traditional Cambodia dancing provided by the children from the school.
JustWorld is a major contributor to the activities of the schools administered by PIO and without their continued support the children be unable to continue their education, in the way they do currently.
Jessica Newman is the Founder and Executive Director of JustWorld International. She began working in the non-profit sector in 1999. Her humanitarian experience includes establishing the Honduras branch of the Trickle Up Program; actively participating in the Friends World Experiential Education Program in Costa Rica and Nicaragua; volunteering at the ‘Crisis Center’ for street children in Casa Alianza, Honduras; and collaborating on policy advocacy at Oxfam America. Ms. Newman holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The American University of Paris.
How much the kids actually understand about the importance of JWI is difficult to say, they were certainly happy to see their visitors and as always the welcome was palpable, with lots of happy faces and clapping of hands. The people from JWI help make an education possible for these most underprivileged children.
As always the kids surround the guest with love and happiness. These beautiful kids deserve and work hard for everything they get and I am sure as they grow more aware of what JWI does they will be even more solid in their appreciation.
The team from JWI visited other part of the PIO project seeing the training areas for hairdressing and tailoring/seamstress where kids learn skill that they can use in the future.
The kids from the PIO Orphanage also received a visit.
I am sure the Phymean, the Staff and the Pupils of PIO would like me to thank Jessica and her team for their continuous support and hard work.