Daniel De Rossi Jones spent his day helping Expert-Exchange sponsor two children for an education at an English school. Unlike in many countries, school is not a guarantee Private English schools in Cambodia are a privilege that many children can not afford. We found two very gifted children and decided to enroll them in an English school with the agreement that they have good attendance and are eager to learn, Expert-Exchange will continue to sponsor their fee's as long as they meet this criteria (which they will!). English school maximizes their future chances of getting a good job one day and sustainably coming out of poverty for their generation.
Our local Tuk Tuk also volunteered his time for this project. The Mother of the two children we put in school joined us today. This project will be an ongoing project and we hope to get more children from other villages enrolled. We pledge to keep these two children in school with your support as long as their attendance is good. Expert-Exchange will get monthly emails with their attendance and progress, along with checking in each week personally.
Expert-Exchange would like to request funding assistance for further projects like this. We have provided the break down of costs below. The biggest expense is the enrollment (uniforms, books, school supplies). We will conduct due diligence and monitor their attendance and progress, get monthly updates from the school and check on them personally (weekly) at school. If you or anyone you know is a frugal donor who would like to enable a child's education for the equivalent cost of a night out, send me an email via our Contact page. Your gift can change numerous lives. Thank you!
School Fee breakdown: Admin fee $15, Books $6, Uniform (2) $22, 1 month of school $18
Enjoy Project 10 Video!
Expert-Exchange introduces it's newest team member and member of the Board Dana Coughlin. Dana is a 10-Year Veteran of the United States Army, Dana is currently a Staff Sergeant in the Vermont Army National Guard after serving four years on Active duty. He was stationed in Korea for a year while on active duty and deployed to Afghanistan with the VANG. He was recognized among his peers for leadership and ability to connect and communicate with fellow service members. Being part of EE presents an opportunity to utilize these strengths by helping fellow service members take their experiences and turn it into something positive and productive. Dana's goal is to assist communities and individuals in accessing the resources needed in order to be successful.
Project video 9 is below. Tomorrow Expert-Exchange will be going out to the village to start getting the rest of the 10 children below into school. Thank you for all the support and help. We believe by the end of the week with enough support all 10 children will be in school full-time! Please visit projects page to learn more.
Successful day out to Unnamed road today. We were able to help distribute medical supplies for the village and interact with the locals to hear their concerns. The main concern we are going to focus on is getting the rest of the children into school from Unnamed road. There is not much interest at this point in time with the adults in a sustainable work relationship. Our commitment will stay with the children and supporting their education, which ultimately will provide them with a better future. Along with taking care of the elderly in the village with basic supplies to survive above poverty.
Today we distributed 50 kilo's of rice! A video of today will be coming soon (look for project 9). All of this has happened and will continue to happen due to your generous support! The next few weeks we have 10 children left from Unnamed road to be placed into school. After that we have successfully put all the children into school! Best part is that the children have stayed in school so far 100% of the time! We will continue to monitor with the school their attendance and grades.
Expert-Exchange will be branching out and going to more villages in the following weeks. We are searching for villages that have hard working adults who want to have a sustainable job. This method will allow Expert-Exchange to help the most communities and maximize impact at each village. The goal is to take a village out of poverty with basic supplies and meet their basic needs first. From there get the community to develop a sustainable work model so they can provide for themselves. Stay tuned, and thank you for all of the support. Expert-Exchange would not be where it is today without you!
Due to an anonymous donation EXPERT-EXCHANGE was able to return to Unnamed Road and distribute tooth brushes, medical supplies, and footballs for the children. The great thing was that Ty from the previous project (P7) was in school and enjoying the opportunity that our Donor gave him. Next week we will be putting two more children into school!
Craig Heal is Project 7's generous donor. He expressed an interest to EXPERT-EXCHANGE that he'd like to enable a Cambodian youth to receive an education. Education is highly sought after in Cambodia as it allows individuals to eventually qualify for jobs that'll assist their family's economic elevation. School is greatly respected and attendance among students is invariably 100%. Tony Macie was able to find an eligible youth - Ty Maup - in the village "Unnamed Road" and after meeting his family and obtaining approval could then proceed to utilize Craig's donation and launch his school education.
Ty is a teenager who has never attended school because his family does not have the resources to send him. School in Cambodia is not free, though community schools are inexpensive by Western standards. By receiving an education Ty will eventually be able to get a job that will benefit his entire family and elevate their standard of living. EXPERT-EXCHANGE is dedicated to assisting villages using a bold holistic strategy: "Unnamed Road" is our case study for this endeavor. Thanks to Craig Heal for facilitating this.
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