Friday, January 13, 2006
CCHS students benefit Cambodia
The Sharing Foundation, founded by former Carlisleans Dr. Nancy Hendrie and nurse-practitioner Judy Jones, embodies what the members of our class believe can make a difference in Cambodia, a country whose greatest need today is education. The mission of the organization is to care for and educate disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Some projects include the creation of a Montessori preschool, funding for the Roteang Village School, and sponsorship of college-bound Cambodian teens. The Sharing Foundation cares for and educates orphaned and HIV positive children, and is assisted by other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) as well as the adoptive parents of children in their orphanage, and volunteers. The only paid staff are the Khmer men and women who take care of the children in the orphanages and schools.
The organization, while small, has been extremely successful in virtually all of its projects, and because of its size and commitment, costs have been held to 9%, meaning 91 cents on the dollar goes directly to projects. Children who are lucky enough to be helped by The Sharing Foundation will become men and women who will then have the power to make a difference for Cambodia's future.
To raise money for this foundation, the International Issues classes at CCHS, under the direction of Mrs. Samantha Fox-Morrow, have organized and executed several projects, including the design and sale of T-shirts, numerous bake sales and general collections throughout the school, as well as in local businesses. All members of both sections participated in some capacity.
The main fundraising event, however, will occur in Carlisle on January 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Our class will host a dinner auction, featuring Asian appetizers, a pasta dinner, homemade dessert, and a silent auction, as well as a live auction for higher valued items. Auction items will include several gift certificates, horseback riding lessons, electronics, and student services, including numerous babysitters. Entertainment will be provided by musical groups from CCHS, such as the select chorus. It is our hope to sell as many tickets as possible to this event, and to auction off every item. All proceeds will be donated directly to The Sharing Foundation. Tickets are available at Ferns Country Store, and other donations can be made in any amount to CCHS. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sharingfoundation.org/index.htm.
With the legacy of the brutal genocide still prevalent in Cambodia, we feel that it is extremely important that we do something to make a difference. Every donation, no matter the size, can change the life of a Cambodian family and better the community there. By working together in our community here, we can help the world there. We all hope that everyone can contribute to The Sharing Foundation to rebuild the broken and impoverished nation of Cambodia.
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