Angkor Wat is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, right up there with the Great Wall of China and The Taj Mahal in India. There are many ancient temples all through Southeast Asia. Within the Angkor area (the town of Siem Reap) one can visit several, and we did, including the temple overgrown with trees made famous by Tomb Raider. In fact, my friend and guide in Cambodia, Kimthol (“Kim” for short), was Angelina Jolie’s guide on her first trip to Cambodia before filming.
Many of these kids don’t own any shoes and come from extreme poverty. Their teachers work with hardly any pay for their own families. Bringing these most basic items was a wonderful experience for us and we were happy to give back and not just “take” from our time there.
Fast forward to present…
I was talking to my mom and sister about combining our gift into one when my mom suggested that instead of giving them the money (they come from families who don’t necessarily need it) we could give to a charity in the kid’s names instead. I loved the idea.
That afternoon I had a lightbulb go off and I thought of Kim in Cambodia and those children who have so much need.
I wired Kim the "gift" money and got that project underway. I’m waiting to receive photos of the children with their new bicycles to send to my cousin’s kids (I'll post them here), the photo here is from Kim's website, when someone else donated bicycles.
We saw one water tower at a primary school that was recently built, funded by our friends who recommended Cambodia to us in the first place. The water has a solar powered water pump and a filtration system. Very up-to-date technologically, and the all the kids had to do was walk up to the faucet and fill a cup. Many would bring water home from school for their family.
Do you want to participate in building a water tower for a school in Cambodia?
You can learn more about Kimthol Yoeun and his project by visiting his website, Angkor Charity.
To make a contribution, you could wire money directly to Kim via his website above, but you will encounter a bank fee. I can collect donations through the end of November 2014 and wire it as a lump sum, paying the bank fee ($45) only once rather than by each individual.
To Donate, write a check payable to “Ronit Gesundheit” with “CAMBODIA” on the memo line. Cash is also acceptable but checks are preferred and credit cards are not as they take 2.75% of your donation, which is not the best use of funds in this case!
This can be given directly at the clinic or mailed to:
Community Acupuncture of Marin
C/o Ronit ~ Cambodia
7075 Redwood Blvd. Suite H
Novato, CA 94945
Thanks for taking the time to read this entire article and I hope you feel inspired as I do.