2/14/2017 Update! I continue to be surprised and grateful for every generous donation! WOW! We reached the fundraising goal!! THANK YOU! I hope that I can accurately convey how grateful I am. I have raised the fundraising goal to $1000 because I am so close! I hope to see it get there and say that the campaign has helped 10 children pay their school fees for an entire year. :-) THANK YOU!
2/13/2017 Update!! Thank you to all who have donated so far! Because of your generosity, you have paid the school fees of 6 children! Please know, donations of all sizes are welcome! Every little bit will provide these kids with educational tools they need. You guys are awesome.
As many of you know, this past January I had the privilege of visiting Cambodia with my husband Michael's family. This trip was very special for our family for many reasons; the utmost of which was to visit the Stephen Mazujian Middle School in the Arah Svay Village.
You see, Stephen (Steve) passed away unexpectedly at the top of the Angkor Wat temple while on vacation in 2014. It was a great tragedy for his partner Rob and for our family. He was thoughtful and funny; musical and loving. He had a knack for making you feel like you were the most important person in the world when you were having a conversation with him.
Through the Stephen Mazujian Middle School; Steve's spirit lives on. It means so much to the Barefield family to have Steve honored in a way that is bringing change and hope to an entire community.
That is why I am asking you to please consider donating to GlobalADE. Today more than half of Cambodia's students are not able to attend secondary school due to both the lack of schools and lack of financial support. Many of these students cannot afford the basic costs of school (uniforms, pens, books) and therefore their education must stop. The mere cost of $50 can send a student to school for a year. That is just 14 cents per day.
This year as you are getting your kids, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, or yourself ready to go back to school, think about packing an additional backpack for $50. A backpack that gives all the materials a student in Cambodia needs to go back to school for another year (tuition costs, books, pens, uniforms, shoes, etc.).
Just a small donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Global ADE.