At Riverkids, we choose to work with the most difficult parents and children. The children are at the highest risk of child labour, illegal adoption and sex work.
But many, many of these parents are loving parents who would never let go of their children to trafficking and brothels. They save their meals for their children and that is why the food and nutrition program is so important to support the families we work with.
Some families are resilient. When we arrange for free medication to treat the parents' HIV condition, they gradually recover and once they are able to work, they get back up on their feet quickly and the family will be alright.
For some other families, we have to keep going back to them over and over again, knocking on their doors persistently but gently to say, "There's hope for your future. We have a better plan."
The promise we make to our families is -- we will never give up on you.
No amount of volunteering or donation for Riverkids is too small. We count every blessing and that’s how January 2012's work was possible. Our families aren't giving up because you're behind them.
We need to raise $5,000 from 40 unique donors by 31 May 2012 so that we have a chance to fund the rest of the year's food program of $59,000 on Global Giving. This will also qualify us for a permanent spot on UK’s Global Giving. For a small organisation like ours in Cambodia, this means a lot to us! Donate and share our page with your friends. Thank you.
I’ve been writing and rewriting this email for a couple of weeks now, so please forgive me for not being very polished as this has been a very hard decision to make.
I’m stepping down as managing director of Riverkids until the end of this year, and Riverkids will need your help while I'm gone. Our biggest need right now is feeding the 600 plus children that we care for in Cambodia. You can help for as little as US$9 to feed a child. Why am I leaving? Last November, my youngest daughter was born ten weeks early and tiny. After heart surgery and fifty days in the hospital, she came home. While juggling work at Riverkids and a newborn was intense, it was possible thanks to the amazing teams in Singapore and Cambodia. Then one morning, I woke up with a happy baby with a mild cold and went to sleep at the bottom of her hospital bed in the intensive care unit where she was fighting to breathe as her lungs had collapsed. The next two weeks were a blur, but Maggie is now home and healthier. She needs more care than most babies, and if she gets sick, she gets very sick fast. What will happen to Riverkids?Our day-to-day work in Cambodia is managed by the fantastic Phy Sophon and his team. In Singapore, Elaine Woon and Florence Chea are working with volunteers here and all over the world to raise funds and develop programs.Most of my daily tasks have already been handed over to other staff and volunteers (although we would love more volunteers, always!) and while I'm home with Maggie, I'll still be involved as one of the board of directors.How you can feed a hungry child
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