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Run for The Chelly Foundation

Organized by: Iwonka Stepniak

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THE STORY:

THE STORY:

I am running the NYC Marathon on Nov. 6. Upon embarking on my fourth round of marathon training in this lifetime (I've run one marathon a year for the past three years), I decided to make this time about more than just the miles. A friend and  colleague of mine, Jason R. Baron, has selflessly founded and supported a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called The Chelly Foundation - which has the purpose of bringing about positive changes in people's lives through literacy, education and other means.

Jason's goal with the organization is to keep alive the generous spirit of his Mother who passed away from multiple sclerosis after many years of the disease. The idea for a project in Cambodia was inspired by the remarkable story of Nan Nop, who was one of his Mother’s last caretakers. Based on what Jason learned about Nan's village, he wished to make a modest effort in improving the education of children there, through the funding of a library, and through a scholarship fund to enable especially girls (and boys too) to receive a University education.

The Chelly Foundation’s first projects have involved providing books and other school materials to hundreds of children in the village of Snay Ang Chet (a small village in Kampot Province in Cambodia).  Later in 2015, a freestanding one-room library was constructed at the village's secondary school. In addition to being stocked with books, the library was built to house computers with connections to the Internet. The Chelly Library was officially dedicated in a ceremony held in January 2016. The library is overseen by three part-time librarians paid for by The Chelly Foundation. In addition, The Chelly Foundation is also currently funding a full-time teacher dedicated to teaching English to 400 secondary students at the school, and through the Foundation four students will receive scholarships this Fall to enroll in the Royal University of Phnom Penh.    Most recently, The Chelly Foundation has given out bicycles to students who walk the furthest to elementary school (up to 10 kilometers each way), and has built the first playground at an elementary school in the local district.    

This cause is one that I believe deserves far greater attention, and it is amazing to me how such small amounts go so far to bring happiness and opportunities to these children.

$25 = 100 reading books at the high school in Khmer and English

$30 = one month of a librarian's salary at the high school

$35 = a bicycle for a student who currently walks a long way to elementary school

$100 = a year's school supplies and uniforms for a student attending the Royal University of Phnom Penh

$150 = one month of an English teacher's salary at the high school (8 classes of 50 students)

$400 = one year's scholarship for one student to attend the Royal University of Phnom Penh

All donations are tax deductible.

Please help us raise money for The Chelly Foundation-- I run, we donate, the children win.

More information on The Chelly Foundation can be found here:

http://www.thechellyfoundation.org/

Thank you so very much for your time and generosity

$5,150

 

103% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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    $25

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  • Ryan and Melissa

    $50

  • ANONYMOUS

    $50

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    $50

  • Ed

    $25

  • Lorie Skalman

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    $100

  • Drew

    $50

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  • Nick & Shirley Pace

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  • Christine Lay

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  • Katherine Armstrong

    $200

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  • Anonymous

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  • Hillary

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  • Liz Resetar & Erich Hugunin

    $50

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    $100

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  • Dom and Lindsey Ricciardi

    $50

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    $25

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  • Alexei Svet

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  • Matt L.

    $100

  • Sarah Pheasant

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  • Nan

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  • Canby Wood

    $25

  • Jason R Baron

     

  • Anonymous

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  • Frank & Gina Lambert

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Iwonka Stepniak

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Donor Comments

Frank & Gina Lambert

Frank & Gina Lambert

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

The Kriskos

The Kriskos

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

Jason R Baron

Jason R Baron

Congrats Iwona! 11 months ago

Canby Wood

Canby Wood

DONATION: $25

For such a wonderful cause! Good luck! 11 months ago

Peter Baumann

Peter Baumann

11 months ago

Nan

Nan

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Sarah Pheasant

Sarah Pheasant

DONATION: $150

11 months ago

Matt L.

Matt L.

DONATION: $100

11 months ago

Alexei Svet

Alexei Svet

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

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