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Old Sep 13, 11, 10:51 am
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The Ponheary Ly Foundation

The Ponheary Ly Foundation Flyertalk Cares! thread.

The Ponheary Ly Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 in the US. It was founded in 2006 by Lori Carlson, an American traveler to Cambodia, who met Ponheary Ly and became inspired by her dedication to helping to rebuild her country by sending poor, rural children to primary school. The PLF was approved as a Flyertalk Cares! cause in February 2009.

You can read more about Ponheary and the history of the Foundation by clicking here . Ponheary is a "CNN Hero" for 2011.

Ponheary’s strategy is a simple and effective one. Government schools are in place in the rural communities, but they are not well attended, because children’s families, who live on about a dollar a day, cannot afford the necessary supplies and uniforms to enroll their children. It costs approximately $25 per year to equip each child for school. Ponheary visits these villages, makes rosters of all the children not attending school and sponsors them. There are currently about 2,500 children in 5 schools sponsored in this way.

The Foundation also supports the schools with Breakfast Programs, Teacher Subsidies, Bike to School Program and Wellness Programs to make the educational experience more beneficial to the children, knowing that the majority of these children will find it impossible to continue on past primary school.

I encourage you to explore the links provided in this post and give consideration to donating to the Ponheary Ly Foundation. It would be hard to find another cause where your contributions would have more effect, more bang for the buck. There are no administrative costs, all work is volunteer, there is no paid staff in keeping with the PLFs promise that 100% of donations go to the children.
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