Project #12551

Improve Education & Health of Cambodian Families

by GlobeMed at the University of Virginia

The GlobeMed chapter at the University of Virginia is a group of passionate undergraduates that  raise money to support our sister organization, the Build Your Future Today (BFT) Center in Siem Riep, Cambodia. Each year we raise money for programs at BFT including education and a nutritional program for young children. Each year we also physically visit the center to work hand-in-hand with the individuals there, and learn more about the program, the culture, and the people. The culmination of our second annual GROW trip led us to starting the academic school year off strong to fundraise for the CMCC projects in Arak Svay & Sre Rabong.

At school we do everything in our power to fundraise for an annual goal for the BFT center. We have worked concessions at college football and basketball games, and bar nights where specials were offered to help our non-profit cause. We held a campus-wide Benefit Dinner where the plate costs went straight to our cause, and guests were able to listen to a public health speaker discuss overseas issues. We have sold pizza on the sidewalk, and face-painted at festivals as well. However, the most substantial portion of the funds we raised last year--which culminated up to $5,500--was thanks to our donors on GlobalGiving.

GlobeMed working concessions at a UVa football game.

Our goal this year is $5,600, and we know we cannot make it without the support of everyone on GlobalGiving. With that being said, we would like to sincerely thank you for all that GlobalGiving has provided GlobeMed and BFT with and what all of you continue to give. Please view this video we made to thank you ( and check out our annual report which contains the breakdown of what funds we raised and where they go to at the Build Your Future Today Center (

We truly appreciate all of your endless support; thank you.

GlobeMed on their first GROW trip to Cambodia with children from the BFT Center.



While on the ground with the Build Your Future Today Center (BFT) this summer in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the University of Virginia's GlobeMed chapter got to see their efforts and their projects first-hand. Throughout a typical week, BFT Center volunteers visit each village that is being funded, helping to lead health lessons, teach educational classes for village kids in the evening, and setting up nutrition programs with volunteer cooks. Aside from their work in villages, BFT also sponsors english lessons at its home-base center. At the center, volunteer teachers from all over the world lead their own classroom of students through english language lessons. These lessons are open to all community children. 

Additionally, GlobeMed at UVa helped write up BFT's semi-annual newsletter. The newsletter is attached and gives a lot of info and insight into what BFT has been up to. 


UVa's GROW team has finally reached Siem Reap, Cambodia to work with the Build Your Future Today Center (BFT) for the next five weeks. They are doing hands-on experience learning in the nearby villages of Arak Svay and Sre Rabong, working with both children, mothers, and community members. So far, they have seen the community-based mother and child centers (CMCC) in both villages and witnessed the nutrition, health, and education programs that are being implemented. On May 26, the UVa team played Health Jeopardy with the mothers of Trach Chrum and helped them learn about general health, including protection from mosquitoes, diarrheal treatment, how to identify signs of malaria and dengue fever, and how to properly wash hands to protect from bacteria. In the end, all the children were given toothbrushes, mothers were given washing powder, and everyone had a great time. 

In the fall of 2012, GlobeMed at UVa participated in a Be Vital challenge for Johnson&Johnson. For the challenge, a brief video was created explaining GlobeMed at UVa's model, partnership, and project. Although the challenge is now over, we believe that the video would be a great way for others to gain a better understanding of our mission. In brief, the video goes through our national office structure, importance of our GROW internship, project establishment, and our aspirations for furture expansion of the project. 

For those who are not familiar with it, the project will provide daily nutrition to stop the cycle of malnutrition, maternal health classes to reduce rates of mortality, and community education training and support for 253 families in the villages of Sre Robong and Arak Svay in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia.

Please see the attached link to view the video. Enjoy! 


Sedtha having lunch with workers at the center
Sedtha having lunch with workers at the center

The founder of BFT is Sedtha Long, a Khmer Rouge survivor. The genocide had taken ten of his fourteen family members. It also left countless children parentless, so Sedtha took it upon himself to take care of them. He took twenty children under his wing during the genocide and worked tirelessly day and night to keep the orphans fed. This led Sedtha to realize his new goal, in which he stated, “ I only wanted to help build a new community and improve the quality of life for Cambodians.” He wanted to see Cambodia rise and attain self-sufficiency once more, and education was his answer. He stated, “Education must be the key to developing economic self-sufficiency as well as personal well-being and peace for the individual family as well as the whole Cambodian Society.”  Thus, Sedtha founded BFT as a center that provides education to all who seek it, along with nutrition and health programs for villages in need. 

Please see the attached photos to get to Sedtha Long, as well as the village and center communities, better. 

Sedtha holding GlobeMed at UVa
Sedtha holding GlobeMed at UVa's Donation (2012)
Sedtha standing amongst the bicycle donations
Sedtha standing amongst the bicycle donations
Lions Club of Singapore bicycle donation to BFT
Lions Club of Singapore bicycle donation to BFT
Monks of BFT standing with BFT volunteers
Monks of BFT standing with BFT volunteers
Sedtha speaking to the BFT community
Sedtha speaking to the BFT community

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GlobeMed at the University of Virginia

Location: charlottesville, va - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pinky Hossain
Charlottesville, Virginia United States

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