One of the side effects of many years of poverty, after effects of the Communist Regime (the Khmer Rouge) and the Killing Fields, is that Cambodia has a lot of orphans. Today is your chance to help a little in the fight against extreme poverty and to make life a little better for a few people.
It is a powerful experience to travel to the Rubbish Dumps of Phnom Penh and see first hand the children scavenging in the rubbish for an evening meal. Any kind of old food will do. Watch them on Youtube.
Help Paintadot Help Orphans
Now you have the opportunity to help Paintadot help the Orphans of Cambodia. At the left you can see pictures taken from one orphanage in Kampong Cham in Cambodia where about 30 orphans are housed. This building although very simple and rudimentary by western standards houses all 30 children in comparitive comfort.
In 2002 Guitarist and Musician John Batley took a trip to Cambodia, John has had a passion for the orphans ever since he visited. He writes,
"My eyes have been opened to the real life need of so many, including the homeless and down trodden in our country of Australia. Visiting Cambodia forced a change in my thinking which needed to happen. No longer can I sit around complaining about my own circumstances and feeding my own selfishness."
The need to care for more orphans is big, and other buildings need to be built. Land must be acquired to build on and there are monthly costs to buy rice and feed the growing number of children. This is where your help comes in.
Two Ways to Help
There are two simple ways you can help. Firstly you can start by painting dots. Each dot costs a dollar and helps the painting to be complete. Whilst the cost of the dot doesn't go directly towards the orphans itself, it does contribute to a finished masterpiece. When the painting is complete, it will then be auctioned off with the full proceeds going towards land and the construction of buildings in Cambodia. By painting dots you are helping a dream to be realised in Cambodia by helping new buildings to be completed to house additional orphans.
The second thing you can do is to consider whether you might support the orphans each month. We offer a $1 (one dollar) monthly subscription which is such a small amount of money it would not easily be missed. This is only $12 per year or the equivalent of one good meal at McDonalds in Australia. I don't know anyone too hard hearted to not spare this amount for the sake of those living on less than $1 a day.
Just $1 a Month
For just one dollar a month, you can make a difference to the lives of orphans in the developing world. Use paypal to setup a monthly subscription for $1 - pay either with a credit card on paypal, or using your paypal account monthly to send the money to the orphans.