First Day 11/16/08
Dear Friends of the Children of Cambodia - All!
On behalf of the children and staff of Santepheap, we wish to thank you for your kind and generous support during the just-concluded Matching Fund Drive.
With the help of 50 Friends, we raised $3,650, earning $1,066 in matching funds (FREE MONEY!) for a total of $4,846!
This new funding will provide rice and food for the children for three months, beginning in December - this is FOOD SECURITY for hungry kids.
Every time we sit down to eat, we ring a bell, take three breaths to be mindful and grateful for the food we have before us, and we chant a thanksgiving to our Friends around the world that make it possible.
DONOR FATIGUE?! I think we have all had a touch, if not a large dose, of donor fatugue. So many messages and reminders and appeals. When I go to the market here in Siem Reap, the poor and the old and the mother's with babies are constantly tugging at my sleeve, begging for money. Sometimes, I feel annoyed, irritated. I finally put "change" into my pocket to give each one with a bow and "Namaste!' But it still gets annoying!
And then I remember - I'M A BEGGAR, TOO!
Thanks for your patience and long-suffering. I wish there was another, easier way, to support the project right now. But we are just a month shy of our 2nd anniversary, still a "start-up." Now, I will spend the 3rd year seeking grants and corporate and foundation support as well.
Thank you for being our "venture capital!" It has accomplished amazing results in just 2 years - as you can see in this comparison of photos from the first day to a recent group photo. These kids look so good and healthy because of the food you have been providing them here in this Project campaign!
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
Friends of the Children of Cambodia (FOCC)
The Cambodian Children's House of Peace (CCHP)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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