A New Year’s challenge for you

“I wish I had more money so I could help”. This is something that we hear often from our supporters. Donating money is a powerful way to support causes you believe in, but you don’t need wealth to make an impact. Wherever you are in the world there are people in need – it doesn’t cost money to offer companionship to the lonely, or a helping hand to someone in need.

A new year offers a perfect chance to think about such matters. Yes, it can be tempting to bury our heads in the sand and resign ourselves to the belief that the problems of the world are unsurmountable. Reflecting on the realities faced by many people in this world – particularly profoundly impoverished countries like Cambodia – can be overwhelming. It seems as though we as individuals could never do enough to make a difference.

We don’t take this stance at CCF.  We believe that small individual acts of giving cumulate into a larger impact, and we try and instill this idea into our students. Community service – giving back – is an integral part of our programs. Students establish pop-up evening classes in their communities. They deliver supplies to and spend time with elderly grannies. They support the younger students below them. These acts may seem minor in isolation, but at CCF we have witnessed them change Steung Meanchey. We hope that they will ultimately change Cambodia.

The first week of 2017 is over, and an estimated 25% of New Year resolutions will have already been broken. So here is our challenge to you – amend your resolutions. As well as personal change, strive to help those in your community, and stick to it. CCF grew from a single act of kindness to a child in dire need. Who knows where such an act could lead you.

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