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Laura G.

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Review for Cambodian Arts And Scholarship Foundation, Portland, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After visiting Cambodia in 2004, I become intensely interested in helping the people recover from the genocide of Pol Pot. I was looking for a charitable organization that had low overhead, spent its money on useful projects and not administration and advertising. Although there are many charities and projects I could have participated in, I chose this one because of the focus on helping young girls. Young girls are often sold into sexual slavery because the families can't afford to feed them and boys have more opportunity for work, and therefore are of more financial use to the family.

I held a fundraiser for the Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation and also sent my own money to provide food, bicycles, uniforms, and education so that girls could go to school. I got handwritten updates thanking me and updating me on the progress.

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

I have received updates on the students progress as well as seen updates on the website. I have been kept in touch with in this personal way even when I haven't donated that year. It's a very personal experience that I recommend for people who want to be involved, but maybe can't go to Cambodia and do the work themselves.

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

None. I think they are great at staying focused on the goal and spend money where it is needed. They are on the ground and personally involved, so they know where the need is and are not just taking some advisor's word for it.

Role:  Donor & I donated money to fund their projects.

Review for Sustainable Cambodia Inc, Gainesville, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor with Sustainable Cambodia since 2004. I was inspired to help young girls obtain education after visiting and seeing the many amputees, overwhelming poverty, and young female prostitutes who have no other way to survive.

I am really pleased with the way the program has grown to create more education, food, health, and business opportunities for the poor people of Pursat. I am kept informed of progress, have personal contact with my sponsored child, and feel confident that my money is going to the programs that they are designed to help.

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

I've watched one girl go from being in grade school to now being in college where she is studying to be a banker. We keep in regular contact (In English) via facebook. She's a delightful girl!

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

Not much really. I think the organization has stayed true to its vision. They improve the lives of the village, but don't impose a western way of life or religion on the people they serve. Villager help to build any projects that require building. Locals provide the education. Most of the effort and money comes from and stays in the village.

Role:  Donor & I donate money to various projects to help villages have clean water, malaria free homes, transportation to school (bikes), food, education, and create a sustainable lifestyle.