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1,200 children are off the streets of Cambodia and in to their first school!
In June of 2010, I met with Steven Wrigley in my hometown Salt Lake City, to talk about his non-profit organization, the Global Outreach Foundation (GOF). Having been involved with non-profit work and humanitarian aid for a couple years already, I was looking to contribute to other grass-roots organizations and GOF really caught my attention. Steven is a young, enthusiastic and philanthropic traveler who is so passionate about helping others in need. Always posting his beautiful travel photos and GOF updates, it is truly a pleasure to interact with Steven.
The Global Outreach Foundation is a Utah-based non-profit organization that is making significant differences all over the world. 100% of proceeds go towards their humanitarian efforts, plus they organize humanitarian trips every year – a solid way to see your effort and donations making a difference and to meet the people whose lives you are changing. GOF is focused on sustainability and on interacting with locals, rather than just sending funds every quarter. Steven was so enthusiastic about a huge project in Cambodia and his updates on it were so exciting.
GOF, with their Cambodian partner, Tabitha, recently finished building a school in the rural area of Kompong Thom, Cambodia. Four villages used to share one small classroom—the classroom made of tin with dirt floors, and approximately 5 meters by 6 meters in size. It served all local children from the ages 5 to 13. The people were not able to afford to educate all of the children, so they randomly picked 165 of the total 1,200 children to come to school. Only one teacher for all the students and all are forced to study at the same level (Grade 2). Can you imagine? Learning second-grade material at age 13? GOF partnered with Tabitha Cambodia to fund the building of a school for these children and worked closely with both locals and parents to meet their needs and also help them solve their own community problems.
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This allowed 1,200 children at all grade levels to register and attend school! Where public schooling is not an option, educating the future of their society takes an outstanding amount of work and the Kompong Thom community was willing to work that amount. It was amazing to see that collaborative effort to give their children a better future.
The more that I learned about GOF that day and still to this day, the more I love to be a part of this organization. The beauty of giving is regardless of income, age and skills, you can still give back and empower those in need.