First of all, thank you all so much for your generous donations!!!!
I have preponed the departure date to February and will be staying for a month, most likely 3 weeks in Siem Reap at the Anjali House (http://www.anjali-house.com/html) where I will be teaching English, arts and crafts, math and youth studies to orphans and children in difficulty and then hopefully will be traveling to the capital, Phenom Peng for a week to photograph and help at a local orphanage. The Anjali House does miracles for local children in need - they provide clean water, food and education to children who have either grown up in the streets begging for money to survive, or have been raised in a home with ill or abusive parents. They strive to teach these children English and the way of the world in order to help them get good jobs and give them a brighter future. They have a wonderful arts and crafts and photography program that also gets the children to be creative and explore things they never would have the opportunity to do otherwise.
I would like to share that I'm almost half way through the fundraising deadline on Kickstarter, and I'm SO happy and thankful to all of you who have donated so far - it's 77% funded as of today! Woohoo! Also, the more I raise, beyond the $4,111 goal, the more I will be able to bring with me in terms of text books, arts and craft supplies and things to donate to the orphanages.
If you happen to have things lying around the house that you think I could use for the trip, PLEASE let me know. Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, paints, glitter, etc.), books for children, unused medical supplies, anything...
Also, it seems as if as of now I will be traveling alone - so if you or anyone you know would be interested in sharing the experience with me please let me know ASAP! The trip would be from February 6-March 6th-ish...
Thank you for all of your donations and blessings in this project, it really means a lot!