Rotary Club of Gravenhurst Two-day Garage Sale...Resulted in $5,301.24!The proceeds will be used to purchase bicycles for children in Cambodia that our team of Rotarians and Friends from Ontario will give out this winter in Cambodia!
We already have a team forming to head over to Cambodia to distribute more bikes to needy children. The three-week trip is open to all Rotarians and their Friends. The date is January 27th (arrive in Phnom Penh) to February 17th (depart Phnom Penh). Participants are responsible for booking their own return airfare, ground costs including all transportation, accommodation and meals. This 2015 event will be targeting a couple of new areas. Plans are already underway to distribute bicycles in the following locations: Svay Chrum District in Svay Rieng Province, Chi Pat in Koh Kong province, Phnom Penh, Battambang Province, Siem Reap Province and Takeo Province.
For further details contact Lisa McCoy - , 705-644-0779 or visit their website rotarywheelsforlearning.blogspot.ca
THANK you to all who came out and supported the Garage Sale held July 5 & 6, 2014 and made it so SUCCESSFUL!!!
WOW!!!! WHAT A FUND RAISER!!!! OVER $22,000 RaisedBarbara Seagram & Patti Lee wish to thank all of the attendees, donors, sponsors, and all of those, who bid on the Silent Auction at our Bridge Seminar- Game Cambodian fundrasier held on June 19, 2014. See a list of our sponsors and please support them. Please tell them that you saw their contribution here!
They really deserve our support.
The Silent Auction bidding began almost a week before the event, with Patti taking bids by phone and email. The excitement rose as we got closer to the event.
The attendees seemed to love the day itself. Barbara taught a lesson on "doubles" and Patti made a presentation on Cambodia and where the money is being spent. A bridge game in the afternoon with prizes and of course, lots of coffee, a nice lunch, sweets and fruit, and door prizes for at least half of the attendees rounded out the day.
Our special thanks to Enid Roitman for all of her help before the event and all day on June 19th. She makes it all look so easy. As well thanks to Cathy Hogg, who helped us that day, and to Mirko and his staff for the wonderful food.
And most of all, thanks to you for your wonderful support. It all happens because of you!
Barbara, Patti, and the children of Cambodia are so appreciative.
UPDATE: Sat Sith Gets His SMILE!...thanks to A Mine Free World Foundation Donors Mary Martin Woodall and Richard Woodall from Gravenhurst, (who responded to Lisa's plea back in March, ONE HOUR after she posted it on facebook), eight year-old Sat Sith, son of landmine survivor Sambath Pech made the LONG journey from his remote village in Banan District, Battambang Province, Cambodia to a Siem Reap clinic to have his "smile" operation. His father accompanied him to have this specialized hare-lip operation.
Soon Sith be able to smile the same happy smile as his twin brother!
Many thanks to AMFW local volunteers, Srey Own and Voeun for organizing the operation and all the arrangements for travel to the clinic. A special thanks also to Banyan Learning Tree Director Om Chamnap Om and volunteer Sophea Keo.
I think we'll forgive Sophea for missing English Class today! On June 10th, his wife gave birth to their second child, a son, RORTANAKMUNGKUL ENG. *Note: Sophea gave him the name 'Canady', which is way easier to say than RORTANAKMUNGKUL! So cute!
Sophea apologized for missing english class. He says..."I am so upset today i didn't stay at school. I returned home quickly because my wife gave birth today. I was waiting her for the whole day in hospital. My new son was born at 11.5pm. I am sending you the first picture of my new son. My whole family (including my inlaws) are very tired and big smiles, happy...thanks Sophea
Earlier in the month a collection was taken enabling the hospital stay in Phnom Penh and a few new things for birth of their child. THANK YOU to all for your generosity!
A Mine Free World Presents the Nil Noy Story
27 year-old Ly Vuthy and his brother have Agent Orange disabilities.
They were both born with short deformed legs resulting in a walk with bowed knees and out-turned feet, but - Vuthy doesn't let that stop him!
He has a wonderful skill whereby he makes beautiful Key Chains from recycled coconuts.
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One of our wonderful projects at aminefreeworld.org
Bicycles Repaired for Cambodian Children Sponsored by Canadian Landmine FoundationIn 2010, Cambodian landmine survivor, Nil Noy received bicycle tools and supplies with which to start his own village-level bicycle repair business. Since then, he has never looked back and keeps busy with repairing and building bicycles and providing numerous children in the area with free bicycle repairs.
This free bicycle repair program is sponsored by the Canadian Landmine Foundation and conducted by A Mine Free World Foundation and Banyan Learning Tree.
Noy provides bicycle repairs a 3 area schools each month!!
A Mine Free World Foundation has a mother with 3 chidren in a neighboring village who would like to start her own bicycle repair business. Your $100 donation could provide her with a self-sustainable business. VIEW PHOTOS
2 Bicycle Repair Businesses and Toilet for Landmine SurvivorsThrough grant funding from the Canadian Landmine Foundation, two landmine survivors have received bicycle repair businesses in their local communities in Banon District, Cambodia.
The family has built a simple roadside stall, and a few days ago, A Mine Free World team members, Lisa McCoy, Sophea and Voeun delivered a compressor and tools to his new business location. Landmine survivor, Meak Khoeurm, leg lost to landmine and deaf, also received bicycle repair tools and parts. His special request for a toilet was also fulfilled. Projects conducted by A Mine Free World Foundation in Canada and Banyan Learning Tree in Cambodia www.banyanlearningtree.org. VIEW PHOTOS
A Mine Free World Foundation and Banyan Learning Tree at work in Cambodia!
8 Remote Cambodian Landmine Suriviors Assisted by Canadian Landmine Foundation
In March 2014, A Mine Free World Foundation team members have been able to provide aid to eight remote landmine-affected families in rural Battambang province, Cambodia. Funding from the Canadian Landmine Foundation has provided 2 new homes to homeless landmine survivors, and 6 breeding calves and cow sheds to six more rural families.
One of these families also received a much-needed metal roof for their hut. Families reside in Koas Kralor and the mountain areas of Samlot district bordering Pailin, where demining agencies are still actively at work removing landmines. Projects conducted by A Mine Free World Foundation (www.aminefreeworld.org) team members Lisa McCoy, Sophea Keo, Nouv Saroeun, landmine survivor Nil Noy and Banyan Learning Tree Director Om Chamnap (www.banyanlearningtree.org). Projects filmed by 2020studios.com.
March 3: Lisa posted on facebook...My last plea for today... Sat Sith is an 8-year-old twin who would love to look like his brother.
He has a hare-lip, which can be easily fixed at a wonderful free hospital over here, but we need a sponsor to pay for transportation, meals and lodging and an interpreter to go with his mom and him to the hospital.
His Father is a landmine survivor with not the funds to get his son for his much-needed operation. A donation of $230 would improve his wonderful smile. Contact email@example.com
ONE HOUR LATER...MANY THANKS to Mary Martin Woodall!!!
Lisa replied...Dear Mary, that is just so super of both of you. I am on my way to the boy's village today n' off she went to deliver the GREAT news to the boy and his family!!!
In The remote Battambang villages, getting our tuk tuk tank filled up with gas, and then on our way to visit more landmine-affected families. Photo by Terry Asma from 2020 Studios on location in Cambodia.
Socheata UPDATE - March 7:Socheata is now back in her village. She will be monitored at Angkor Hospital for Children twice yearly and we will be in close contact with her in the village.
Thanks again to all for your support :-)
Early in February it was discovered that Socheata, the child of one of our students at the White Dove Weaving Centre was ill. On February 22nd, we took her to Angkor Children's Hospital in Siem Reap with Socheata, where she had a bloodtest completed and saw the GP, while awaiting the ultrasound results (and hopefully to see the cardiologist). So many children waiting with patient mothers. Then, the sad news today for our little girl. The cardiologist advised going to KK Women's Hospital in Singapore as soon as possible. Unfortunately they do not support Cambodian children so it will cost. Please put it out there...any funds we can raise will benefit. We will take Socheata and her mother to KK Hospital, Singapore on March 3 for the surgeon to assess her for the heart operation (She has a hole in her heart). We pray they can help her.
Terry Asma and Katrina Simmons HAVE ARRIVED in Cambodia!A Mine Free World Foundation has identified so many landmine survivors in the past week with needs from getting a new prosthestic limb, a small village business, or support for their children.
Consider supporting a landmine survivor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can help.
The southern Ontario based Canadian photo-journalist team of Terry Asma and Katrina Simmons from 2020studios.com are returning to Cambodia!
Their first visit to Cambodia in 2005, resulted in raising awareness of the landmine issue in Cambodia with their gallery of photos: 'Living With Landmines' (Click here to view).
Their return to Cambodia on February 21st, 2014, will see them travel into the remote villages of Battambang province for 2-3 weeks with AMFW board member Lisa McCoy and her local team, to film a documentary on a landmine survivor and to produce another gallery of still photos that will document the lives of people living with landmines.
Cambodia has the highest percentage of amputees in the world. 81.5% of Cambodia’s disabled people live in the countryside. There are over 40,000 identified landmine survivors in Cambodia. The most concentrated areas of Mine/ERW (Explosive Remnants of War) are the provinces of Battambang, Banteay Mean Chay and Oddar Mean Chay provinces in the northwest of Cambodia.
Landmine survivors are normally at the bottom of the poverty scale in the rural areas of Cambodia. This developing country is still plagued with over 4,000,000 landmines. Since 1979, there have been a reported 64,202 mine/ERW casualties in Cambodia (Cambodian Mine/UXO Victim Information System).
BLT Schools Christmas Charity Draw - A SUCCESS!!!
Patti and Barbara would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for your generous support. They raised $2,440 with this draw which was held January 13. The money (every dime) goes to their/our Cambodia schools.
Patti and Barbara hoped to raise $1,500.00. They only dreamed about making $2,000.00... and they have EXCEEDED their wildest expectations with this total of $2,440.00. They are thrilled!
The real winners are our schools and the children...but the winners of the draw are:
January 18, 2014Since 2010, the Canadian Landmine Foundation (www.canadianlandmine.org) has provided educational support for 14 children of landmine survivors in Battambang province, Cambodia.
Their support includes a meal a day for each child, student fees covered for the older students, bicycles and school uniforms, books and bags.
Watch the video, as A Mine Free World Foundation executive director Lisa McCoy visits the students and their parents at the home of Local Project Coordinator (and landmine survivor) Nil Noy in Koas Kralor.
Landmine Survivors helping Landmine Survivors
Patti Lee with husband, Marty, arrive back in Cambodia on January 29thShe'll be spending 3 weeks visiting the four Banyan Learning Tree Schools that she, Barbara Seagram and the Toronto Bridge Players (www.barbaraseagram.com) are supporting in Phnom Penh and Takeo.
Along with visiting the schools and spending time with the students there, Patti and Marty will also be spending some time with the Rotary Wheels for Learning Team from Ontario, Canada, helping them distribute over 1,234 bicycles to children around the country.
Team of 29 Ontario Rotarians and Friends Arriving on January 25...to give out the miraculous amount of over 1,234 bikes to kids around the country!! They are still raising funds back home!
WHITE DOVE WEAVING CENTREDay 3: It's only been 3 days since the 6 rural women in Takeo have begun their hand loom weaving lessons and already the first 2 scarves are being woven. Under instruction by master weaver, Sokhum, the women are not only being well guided in their new skill, but she inspires them and instils confidence in the women. VIEW VIDEO
DAY 2: On a day trip from Phnom Penh, Round Square team member Sam Morley, family and friend visit the WHITE DOVE WEAVING CENTRE in rural Takeo.
We were so excited to see that the women have progressed from winding the cotton to actually weaving on the big looms!
We also saw the new glass cabinet, shelves, bulletin board and landfill! Three of the women needed glasses (they were having trouble seeing the threads), so coordinator Ban Ven, Sam and Lisa arranged a tuk tuk and they were taken to the Takeo Eye Clinic. There they received a free eye test and glasses bought with funding from the RS team member funds. In the picture above, Program Coordinator, Ban Ven is wearing a scarf produced by the women!
Sam and family also enjoyed a visit to the Brighter Beginnings School, Family Care Centre Sewing and Craft projects, lunch at Steung Takeo and then the family sailed away into the lovely canal. VIEW DAY 2 PHOTO GALLERY on Picasa
January 3, 2014: Today, hand-loom weaving began at the WHITE DOVE WEAVING CENTRE in rural Takeo, Cambodia. The centre and its programs are funded by the Round Square 2013 Adult Leadership Training Team who came and built the centre a couple of weeks ago! The centre is presently training 6 rural women to weave traditional Khmer cotton scarves (Kroma) - VIEW Student Recipients Info.
In this VIDEO taken on Day 1 watch the 6 women spinning the cotton onto small spindles, which are then wound onto a pegged loom where the weft is prepared (long strands running up and down). The weft is then rolled onto a board, and then each stand is 'picked' through a large metal comb. It was fascinating to see how natural palm fronds and bamboo are used in this time-honored skill. You can also see the looms being set up! (View Video)
The 6 women are being trained by 2 skilled teachers and today (VIEW PHOTO GALLERY on Picasa). Three of the women received bicycles as their homes are many miles away from the centre. Project coordinated by Ban Ven, A Mine Free World Foundation and Banyan Learning Tree. (VIEW DAY 1 PHOTO GALLERY on Picasa)
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