The distance from Sydney to Siem Reap, Cambodia, is 7,252km. That’s around 9, 572,640 steps. And we are determined to collectively walk them in the name of education this April.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Cambodia remains the poorest ASEAN country with 35% still living in multidimensional poverty, despite recent economic growth. Children and young people under 19 in Cambodia are generally amongst the poorest and constitute 45% of the total poor (UNDP 2018). While these figures may seem overwhelming, we can play our part in changing these statistics.
We all know that quality education is key to alleviating inter-generational poverty. That’s why this April, we are going to ‘Walk to Cambodia’ and raise enough funds to provide 20 Cambodian children living in poverty with English and Khmer (their native language) education for a full year.
WHERE ARE THE FUNDS GOING?
These students study at Human and Hope Association (HHA), a Cambodian-run NGO that conducts education, vocational training and community development projects, targeting the poorest and most vulnerable women and children in rural communities. HHA has a proven track record in bringing its community members out of poverty. They have a 90% pass rate in their English language program, have seen 19 families break the cycle of poverty and have reduced domestic violence, bad hygiene practices and road accidents in its community through workshops.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Throughout the month, you will aim to walk 10,000 steps a day and will record your steps through our platform. We want to collectively walk the distance to Cambodia! You will have your own fundraising page and will encourage your networks to donate to your fundraising page. For every $120 you raise, a child will receive a year of education. It’s incredible, isn’t it?
I’M IN! WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
That’s great, thank you so much for committing to your health and the education of Cambodian children! Here is what will happen:
- Head to our registration page to sign up
- We will set up an online fundraising page for you
- We will contact you with your login for this website so you can record your steps
- Once your fundraising page is set up, you can start spreading the word amongst your networks
- We will be holding a celebratory event in Sydney at the beginning of May – stay tuned for details!
So, get your step counter ready, tie up those laces and head on over to our sign up page so we can Walk to Cambodia this April and raise funds to alleviate poverty through education!