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November 25, 2010

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November 25, 2010

We first learned about Ponheary in 2004 and started making contributions. In 2006 we met with Ponheary and went to one of the schools to make bike and teacher bonus presentations. Last month, my 23 yr old daughter and I spent two weeks in Siem Reap volunteering with the PLF. We got to see Ponheary and Lori Carlson in action up close and it was very impressive. One day we drove out to Koh Ker school (3 hours from Siem Reap) to make a lunch for the kids, while Ponheary had a meeting with the teachers to discuss new goernment rules. We visited the new dorm that the PLF has purchased so 12 girls from the country can attend High School. Another day, we visited the family of one student who needed assistance getting his younger brother into Siem Reap to be fitted for a new wheelchair, and another time we checked into a house where orphans are living, but seem to need some assistance. Our two weeks in the classroom was amazing. The kids are wonderful, as well as their regular teacher. We learned what a difference just getting a school uniform can make in the lives of these kids, but Ponheary goes way beyond that, providing healthy meals, wells for clean water, and making the school a positive option to staying home and working on the garden or selling trinkets at the temples. I saw her turn a tourist's, "What can we do to help?" into them feeding a healthy lunch to 400 kids. Not only that but Ponheary, all her family, and various drivers and volunteers all came to chop, cook and serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my time in Siem Reap. We stayed at the Ly family guesthouse, so saw the myriad ways in which the family and volunteers give to the community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps give incoming volunteers a little more 'direction", but I think that may be a decision to let volunteers really get creative. The regular teacher stayed in the classroom with us and not only used the opportunity to improve his pronunciation, but was a huge help when we had questions or needed something translated to the kids.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Offer more chances to fill our days working. Only after we left did we realize other ways we could have helped. We should have just asked, as I think they may hesitate to ask us to do too much!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned that I can stand in front of a big class and keep the kids engaged.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was a wonderful experience; and one of the best trips I've ever had. I can't wait to go back again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 25, 2010

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November 25, 2010

Amazing organization that provides education to Khmer students as well as the minor health care it takes to keep the kids in school, meals, nuitritional supplements, shoes, clean water, and whatever other projects donors and volunteers are willing to participate in to create a postiive structure and environment that is assistive in sustaining an educational environment for Cambodian kids. The organization itself is so sustainable because it is not bloated with management costs or salaries. The organization is run by Ponheary Ly and her immediate family including sister Lori. A very transparent organization doing amazing work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have toured each of the schools this organization is working with. I have seen first hand the changes and progress of this organization over a years time. I have seen first hand problem solving success in situations that seemed hopeless to some....not Ponheary Ly or Lori Carlson.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move Cambodia a little closer to the United States so I could participate in all the goodness more often.

November 25, 2010

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November 25, 2010

I've supported Ponheary and Lori's work for several years; traveled with my husband to Siem Reap and did an art exchange and English class in one of the schools, as well as sent funds on a regular basis. Education is Cambodia's future and this is hands on work changing the lives of children and families for the better. Cambodia is somewhere you can truly make a difference one-on-one. I have worked with many non-profits over the years and have never found one where the mission is so well served and the funds better allocated to actually making a difference. There is no fluff here -- and if you're lucky enough to visit in person, it will change your life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Siem Reap and Tchey School

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them what they need to take their work to the next level -- only because the need in Cambodia is so great, not because they are not already doing so very much.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The commitment of the 2 founders.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

In 2007 my family and I visited Siem Reap with Ponheary Ly as our guide. Before arriving, I learned about her non-profit and spoke with the president Lori Carlson. By spreading the word to friends and family, we collected over $1500 which we personally donated. As a "reward" we had the opportunity to be the first group to sponsor a field-trip for 4th and 5th grade students to the temples at Angkor Wat. By hiring a Khmer speaking guide the kids were able to learn about their history - a topic not covered in school. While eating lunch at a nearby restaurant, another first for the children, an Australian approached us and asked what we were doing. After explaining that the Ponheary Ly Foundation enables poor children in rural areas to go to public school and that we were taking them on a history lesson, he immediately offered to help. He bought every chid a special treat: a canned fruit drink. Several hours later, our heads swirling with gods and goddesses, battles and legends, I noticed one girls still clutching her unopened drink. Ponheary I asked, "why isn't she drinking it?" Ponheary replied, "she will take it home and share it with her mother and father, sister and brothers."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The help I have been able to provide (money, support and a new website) provides me a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction. Every time I read about a new project, a graduation, or the start of a new school year I am re-energized. The teachers and children impact me as much as I impact them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to expand to more children, teachers, school and villages.

More feedback...

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Lack of education in rural Cambodia.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It was the right thing to do.

What would you tell others about this organization?

A little bit goes a long way. The people involved in the PLF take zero salary and all donations go towards field projects.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Excellent Charity and cause. Members do not collect salary so all proceeds go directly to helping the children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing changes in education for Cambodian Children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them raise more money.

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