BENEFITING: World of Children Inc
Ponheary grew up in a family where education was important. Her father was a teacher, and she and her siblings knew the value of education. Early in life she took advantage of opportunities to learn and expand her knowledge, but all of that changed when the Khmer Rouge took power. The Khmer Rouge abolished education and killed many of the intellectuals and educators in Cambodia during its rule of the country, including Ponheary’s father and thirteen of her family members. In the aftermath of the regime, Ponheary and her surviving family members were thrown into abject poverty and worked hard to rebuild their lives. With only a 7th grade education, Ponheary became a teacher. It is during her teaching years that she began supporting students and extra programs at the schools where she worked. As the country began to stabilize and again opened to western visitors, Ponheary became a tour guide. It was here that she began to secure funding for poor children to attend school. At the Temples of Angkor Wat where she took tourists, Ponheary came into contact with numerous children who spent their days selling trinkets to tourists rather than attending school. Moved by what she saw, Ponheary decided to use her tips to support a better education system for Cambodia’s children. She encouraged the tourists she met to sponsor children’s education programs rather than buying from the children at the temples, which only encouraged them to continue missing school. Ponheary eventually formalized her support for children’s education through the Ponheary Ly Foundation, which is dedicated to holistically providing for children’s education. As a teacher and tour guide, Ponheary was able to help 200 children attend school. Since she formalized her programs through the Ponheary Ly Foundation, she and the organization have helped almost 8,000 children access quality education. World of Children Award will DOUBLE MATCH all donations made through this page between September 15 and October 21, 2016, up to $10,000. That means your $10 donation turns into $30 for children. Your $100 turns into $300!