A special request for consideration from Cambodia
Today we received our first payment from Global Giving - and we say “Thanks Global Givers”
The amount we received was $290
Now this amount may seem small to our readers but for us it has meant a lot and we have now been able to purchase the quality Volleyballs required for our upcoming Cambodian national Volleyball League which starts on the 24th of July
Now the rationale behind this request for Global Givers to consider assisting the CNVLD is:
Somehow we don’t seem to be making progress with our Global Giving fundraising despite all our efforts with very limited internet resources - The total amount raised over 6 months has been $356 (for which we are grateful) - There are times that we often feel here that Cambodia has somehow been forgotten as the world of Aid and development focuses on providing, granted, much needed assistance, to the African continent.
It almost seems that the recent tragic past of Cambodia has been forgotten somewhere in the recent equation of Aid and Development – That Cambodia is still grappling with the legacy of Pol Pots genocide, over 30 years of civil conflict and still dealing with the horrendous consequences of the Landmine with an estimated 3 million landmines still littering the landscape.
In addition, I want to remind readers that, tragically, Cambodia has the highest percentage of persons with a disability, per head of population worldwide and being frank, the CNVLD despite all the success and progress to date has only touched the tip of the iceberg (or palm tree as we like to say here in Cambodia).
There are over 40,000 landmine survivors alone in Cambodia and an estimated 80,000 persons who are the victims of Polio!
Cambodia, despite finally achieving peace and stability is still one of the poorest countries in the world and the CNVLD fully recognizes that there is so much still do be done! Currently the CNVLD operates in 11 provinces out of a total of 26 provinces – we have a long way to go so we can reach out and let more Cambodians with a disability experience the joy and remarkable positive impact of being involved in a CNVLD sports program
So in finishing, all we ask from the many wonderful people who contribute to Global Giving:
“Spare a little thought for Cambodia if possible”
Friday, July 10, 2009
George Friml Rolls with Armed Art
Internationally renowned metalsmith George Friml began his first ABV CNVLD tenure with Armed Art this week at the Don Bosco Technical School.
George Friml, an Australian Business Volunteer on this his first of three annual tenures, will spend two months training Don Bosco Technical School Phnom Penh students and teachers in fine metalwork techniques, tool production and high quality manufacture procedures as part of the Armed Art project.
A teacher at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), George also provides technical lectures twice a week on subjects such as metallurgy, machine maintenance, creative and technical design and fine finishing.
The Cambodian Don Bosco trainee engineers will initially produce a range of sculptures, furniture and trophies from destroyed weapons donated by the Cambodian Government for inclusion in the upcoming international tour of the ‘Exhibition from Cambodia: To Be Deter-Mined’ before establishing a specialist department within Don Bosco producing unique sports trophies and furniture of the very highest quality
The CNVLD welcomes George Friml to Cambodia
CNVLD, Don Bosco, ABV and Armed Art:
Standing Up Together to Provide Sustainable Employment Skills to Disadvantaged Youth of Cambodia
Dear Global Givers
Firstly, we want to thank all of those who have donated to the CNVLD via Global Giving - Your help is vital as we work towards establishing Cambodia as the ASEAN Center for Disability Sports development - After all - maybe our readers and supporters are unaware that Cambodia, unfortunately, has the highest ration of disabled persons per head of population, in the world! – This is due to the horrendous legacy of the Landmine and the tragic consequences of Polio which was only eradicated 3 years ago – So all your help is greatly appreciated by the athletes with a Disability of Cambodia.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to ask our donors to contact us at any time via firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than pleased to answer any queries that you may have about the CNVLD and the athletes with a disability of Cambodia and if you are ever in Cambodia – make sure you visit the CNVLD!
We are now two weeks away from the start of the 2009 National Volleyball League and we remind you to keep a close eye on our website: www.standupcambodia..net and remember; this year we have the Kampong Speu Global Giving Scorpions team in the League – So its “ GO SCORPIONS + GO GLOBAL GIVING”
Also read all about the CNVLD and our passion for Corporate Social Responsibility in the latest Edition of Asia Life - attached !
Best from us all in Cambodia !
Hi Clare - Chris here - Thanks for the comment above however most importantly, allow me to note how pleased we were to meet you and to have someone from Global Giviing with us to see the realities and challenges that we face at the grass roots level - I'd also like to raise an odd but important point which to me should encourage people to continue to support Global Giving and the GG efforts to ensure that funds do actually go the intended beneficiaries - I refer to Clares accomodation in Phnom Penh - So often the CNVLD receives visits from sponsors and donor organisations most of whom opt to stay in the most expensive hotels in Cambodia such as Raffles at $500 a night - It was encouraging to see the GG approcah whereby Clare stayed in a simple backpackers hotel - I respect that greatly !
PS Clare - dont forget : " Go Scorpions"
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