Abraham's Birthday Fundraiser for Chonburi Orphanage Center
Organized by: Abraham Lim
During my junior year of college, I went to Thailand to embark on a trip that would consist of spending time at the Chonburi Orphanage Center and teaching English at impoverished schools across Thailand. Little did I know that it would be a trip that would irrevocably change my life. Upon returning to the States, I picked up an additional major in hopes of learning more about the global human rights situation that I saw traces of in Thailand—mostly human sex trafficking and the ramifications that this billion-dollar industry left in its relentless growth.
But more than anything, it was a 7-year old boy named Chen that I had met at the orphanage. Although we did not speak a common language, we shared an immediate connection that resulted in a life-altering relationship that I am forever grateful for and changed by. He taught me that while the world may label him as an "orphan", that his dreams and potential are not confined by the stringent limitations of that word or the boundaries of the orphanage.
I promised Chen that I would go back and visit.
Seven years later, I have not.
Life has a way of doing that to you. First, it was studying for the LSAT and getting into law school. Then, it was getting on THE GLEE PROJECT. Then, it was pilot season. Then, it's seven years later and I'm left with this shame of feeling like an absent parent who's done nothing but send letters and money throughout the years.
Well, I talked to my mom and my sister, and we will be going to Thailand in 2015 to visit Chen and the rest of the kids in Chonburi. There, we plan on spending time with them and more importantly, doing what we can to help these kids realize their full potential and helping the orphanage to get these kids to that point of fulfillment.
SO, this is where you come in.
I don't need birthday gifts (unless you've already thought of something super-nice and thoughtful). I don't need a drink (the birthday party venue is giving me drinks on the house because they're sweet and I'm awesome). Therefore, in lieu of accepting birthday gifts this year, I've decided to take donations for the Chonburi Orphanage Center in Thailand. Your donations will go towards helping the center in building an appropriate school so that these kids will be fully equipped to head into the real world upon leaving the center.
That, and seeing Chen again, would be the greatest gift of all. So, whether it be $12 (a price of a drink in LA) or whatever your heart is compelled to give, thank you. You're awesome.
P.S. Any money above the goal of $3000 will go towards Chen's college fund (COLLEGE IS SO MUCH NICER AND CHEAPER IN THAILAND).