The Han-Schneider International Childrenâ€™s Foundation recently returned from Cambodia where we took a group of 18 volunteers and supporters, including Board of Director Vincent Lopez, to visit our children and newly constructed Balang Preschool. Each team member hand carried over-the-counter childrenâ€™s medication, school supplies, toys, backpacks and school uniforms that were distributed to all our children. Over the past three years, the foundation has supported two preschools in Cambodia, Trok Veng Ke and Tropaing Keh, located in the Kampong Speu province. Each school serves approximately 30 children (ages 3-6) with daily educational programs and meals.
The purpose of the trip was to complete the construction of our third school in the Kampong Cham province and officially open its doors with a memorable ribbon cutting ceremony. It also provided our supporters with the wonderful opportunity to meet and bond with the children from the schools that the foundation has been supporting. The new Han-Schneider Balang Pre-school will initially educate 30 children with the goal of doubling enrollment through the addition of an afternoon session within the next few years. The new school was much needed as the children in the village did not have any resources for schooling, which left many of them on the streets uneducated. In addition to the pre-school, the location will serve as a church for service.
After the trip, Director of Operations Zachary Lopez reflected, â€œWe were able to have this personal experience where we lived like the local Cambodian people: sleep where they sleep, and eat what they eat. Although it was only for a few days, I think it helped everyone who joined us appreciate all the blessings in our lives.â€ He promised that the foundation will continue to do everything in its power to continue to grow and help not only the children of Cambodia, but other vulnerable children worldwide.
The trip was incredibly successful, humbling and inspiring. While individuals from the team all came from different backgrounds, generations and cultures, everyone shared one important thing in common: LOVE for the children.
Thank you to all our family, friends and supporters in making our children's dream a reality. Please visit our website www.han-schneider.org to see pictures and videos of the trip.
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