Run for The Chelly Foundation
Organized by: Iwonka Stepniak
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:
Thank you so very much for your time and generosity