The Bob & Jan Kuramoto Cambodia Fund
Organized by: Kai Kuramoto
In recognition of two of the most giving people that we have the pleasure to know (and be related to), and in lieu of a traditional secret Santa gift, we started this little fundraising site to give back to the Cambodian community in honor of Bob and Jan. Throughout their lives, they have always shown the importance of helping those in need and despite their annual need of comfy slippers, we think they might enjoy the gift of bettering lives of those less fortunate.
How it Works: The total amount raised by the end of the year will be split between two organizations providing important services in Cambodia that we feel represent Bob and Jan.
In honor of Dr. Bob, we've chosen All Ears Cambodia (AEC). AEC is the only aid organization in Cambodia providing ear and hearing medical services to all Cambodians, from newborns to elderly. In a country where basic medical care is difficult for the impoverished to receive, AEC reaches people affected from civil war, children with HIV or orphaned by AIDS, garbage dump scavengers, victims of physical abuse, as well as those that could otherwise not afford to see a specialist. Less that 1% of those in Cambodia that need hearing aids have them. AEC also has a 2 year training school which allows students to become specialists in audiology and primary ear health care. By providing this basic right, AEC is removing obstacles that prevent Cambodians from improving their lives.
And in honor of Jan, we've chosen Helping Hands Cambodia, a rural school providing free, vital education to just under 300 students that Jan visited when she was in Siem Reap. We all know the importance of education, and to us education is a basic right. In Cambodia, however, education is often seen as a luxury when basic survival is the top priority for many families in poverty. In the rural village where Helping Hands operates, there can many barriers to a basic education: sickness, malnutrition, helping parents in the rice fields, or dropping out to earn an income for the family. By providing education and extra support to the students and their families in the village, we hope to break the cycle of poverty and to help them help themselves in building a brighter future.
Luckily, a little goes a long way in Cambodia. To understand just how far it can go, here are some examples of what your donation can provide.
For All Ears Cambodia:
- $10 will buy ten units of Ciprofloxacin (anti Pseudomonas quinolone antibiotic) which will help treat 10 children with chronic middle ear disease
- $50 will buy sufficient batteries to keep five children’s hearing aids going for a year
- $190 will buy a fibre-optic otoscope used to examine the ear
- $675 will buy an aural suction unit used to remove discharge in the treatment of ear infections
- $990 will buy a free-field pediatric screening audiometer used to determine hearing levels in infants
For Helping Hands:
- $15 will buy for 8 new text books
- $25 will sponsor a student's education for 1 month
- $40 will buy seeds and tools to grow vegetables for the Helping Hands breakfast program which is sometimes the only meal of the day
- $100 will cover the salary for a social worker in the community who checks in on the students and families to help resolve barriers to studying
- $150 will provide access to emergency medical treatment for up to 5 students