Aug 27, 2019

We Exceeded Our Goal! (Fall 2019 Report)

Manouv
Manouv

Wonderful news everyone: we have exceeded our original goal in raising $8000 through our Global Giving Campaign!  With a generous donation of $1400 from an anonymous donor (thank you whoever you are!), and donations fromdozens of others of you, four young women have been able to attend universities in Phnom Penh on a full scholarship.  But we aren't done!  We have now “doubled down” and at the invitation of Global Giving have renewed our campaign so as to give more opportunities to more young women from very poor rural villages in Chum Kiri district to go to college and become successful in whatever they wish to pursue.  Here is how our scholarship program has grown:

In 2015, we picked our first Chelly Scholar, Manouv, who will be graduating this fall from the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a degree in chemistry.  She has become a big sister to a host of other Chelly Scholars, and is an inspiration to girls everywhere.  Manouv plans to join the workforce after graduation in her chosen field, and may one day pursue a graduate degree.  

In 2016, one of our Chelly Scholars, Channary, started at the Vanda Institute of Cambodia, and is the first of our scholars to graduate with a degree in accounting – she did so a year early.  We are so proud of her!

Between 2016 and 2019, we grew from awarding 6 Chelly Scholarships, then up to 10, and this past year have been supporting a total of 17 young women (and also 2 young men) through the award of full scholarships, partial scholarships, and housing stipends to enable everyone to be able to live together in our newly leased dormitory in Phnom Penh (a multi-story townhouse) while going to college.  We expect 5 of our current students to go on to graduate in 2020.

Funded in part by the generosity of Global Giving donors as part of this campaign, this Fall we expect to be offering at least 6 new scholarships to young people graduating high school – of which we expect 5 to go to young women candidates.

Tuition at local universities varies between $400 and $600 a year per student, depending on the place our scholars are enrolled.  Our costs for housing 20+ students are approximately $500 a month total.   Additional costs include ensuring that students have books and school supplies, receive medical treatment when needed, and are otherwise cared for through small stipends if needed.   Almost all our Chelly Scholars on a full scholarship work part-time jobs, many sending back money to help their families out back in rural Chum Kiri.

Your Global Giving donations go a long way in ensuring that our scholarship program remains healthy and successful!   Our Chelly Scholars know how lucky they are to have been able to go to university in far away Phnom Penh.   In future postings, I will make sure that you hear their stories in their own words.  All of us at The Chelly Foundation are incredibly grateful to have received your continuing support.

Please also know that our Foundation is doing great things back in the village of Chum Kiri as well, maintaining The Chelly Library at the local high school, sponsoring free English classes and workshops, holding bread feast days at local elementary schools, providing bicycles, keeping sanitation facilities we built in order, and taking field trips to local cultural events.  And that's just some of what we are doing... check out our website and especially our Facebook page for everything we are involved in.  

And one last thing: if you are the anonymous donor who pledged such an extraordinary amount putting us over the top for our original goal, could you please contact me?  Don’t be shy!  We wish to give you a special thank you!

Channary
Channary
Chelly Scholars helping out back in Chum Kiri
Chelly Scholars helping out back in Chum Kiri
Students with Nan Nop
Students with Nan Nop

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May 28, 2019

Spring 2019 Report

Manouv with her parents and our volunteer teacher
Manouv with her parents and our volunteer teacher

All of our nineteen Chelly Scholars (seventeen of whom are women) continue to do well at universities in Phnom Penh, with two expected to graduate after this term ends.  Included here is a picture of Manouv, with her family -- Manouv is a chemistry major who has dreams of going to graduate school to continue her studies.  A second picture is of Channary, who raced through her courses in English in two years to graduate, and who expects to continue her studies in a graduate program for English teaching.  We are proud of them both, as well as of all of our scholarship students.

Plans for next Fall include adding between four and seven new scholarship students to our program.  Your generous donations to Global Giving and to our other fundraising activities have changed the trajectory of not only these students lives, but hundreds of other students in the villages of Chum Kuri district who have been inspired by their example.  The ripples we are making include a tremendous improvement in the pass rates  on the 12th grade exam given nationwide in Cambodia at the local high school we built The Chelly Library at -- up from 50% to 90% in the years since we started in the village in 2016.   While The Chelly Foundation does not have the capacity to provide scholarships to all 180 or so graduating seniors who pass the national exam, the fact that a greater percentage pass each year means better jobs and a chance at a better life for many more young people.  We are making a difference thanks to all those who donate to our programs.

On June 7, 2019, we will be holding a fundraiser in Seattle, on a rooftop building downtown near Pike Place Market.  If you or someone you know lives in the Seattle area, please come out to support the cause.  For details, please see www.thechellyfoundation.org and click on the event on our home page.  We will be having one or more other fundraisers later this year, including in New York City, so stay tuned!

Thank you again for your generous support!

Channary with Kent Greer, our volunteer teacher
Channary with Kent Greer, our volunteer teacher

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Feb 27, 2019

Continuing Good News About Our Chelly Scholars

the new dormitory
the new dormitory

Our 19 Chelly Scholars, including the four whose scholarships have been supported principally through our GlobalGiving Campaign, are all thriving while in school in Phnom Penh. Our very first Chelly Scholar, Sol Manouv, is now a senior at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and expects to graduate at the end of the current Spring semester. Her dream is to teach chemistry, which is her current major.

I am also happy to report that our Chelly Scholars have just moved in to a new dormitory in Phnom Penh, close to school, sharing bedrooms with bunk beds on each, and cooking and studying together in a common area on the ground floor. Everyone is delighted by the new digs!  See the pictures here and additional pictures at www.facebook.com/thechellyfoundation.

We are very appreciative that a representative of GlobalGiving, Cedric Yumba, came out to do a site visit both with the scholars as well as the village in Chum Kiri where we work. Based on Cedric’s recommendation, we have received GlobalGiving’s Badge Of certification, which we proudly display on our foundation’s home page. See www.thechellyfoundation.orgI

I wish to thank all of the donors to The Chelly Foundation for your continued support! It means everything to the 17 young women (and two young men) from Chum Kiri to have this chance of getting a university education.  Their futures are all going to be much brighter because of you.

bunk beds in 5 bedrooms
bunk beds in 5 bedrooms
moving day cleanup
moving day cleanup
 
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