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Doug G.

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Review for Ponheary Ly Foundation, Austin, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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."

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.

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

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

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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.

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Role:  Donor & Took 5th and 6th graders on a field trip to Angkor Wat. Bought bikes for graduating students. Re-worked the website.