August has been one of the most important months for volunteers at NFC, as the orphanage has been blessed with a record-breaking 15 volunteers from the UK based charities ‘Golden Futures’and ‘InterVol’. Golden Futures was set up in 2007 as a way of providing support to orphaned and vulnerable young adults in Cambodia making the transition from NGO care into the adult world. Through the micro-finance model the children can apply for interest free loans, providing them with the independence and confidence to succeed in business or university. Additionally, Golden Futures volunteers have brought together all the reports of the children, aiding their CV’s and searching Phnom Penh for invaluable work experience, which can make the difference between the children making it into University or not. Our seven all female team from Birmingham represent InterVol, a charity which encourages sustainable development around the world. The group managed to raise an astonishing $1,500 that has gone directly into the orphanage. This, combined with their hands on teaching has provided the children with the intensive one-on-one experience they need in developing their English and other subjects.
The collaboration of two large groups was potentially a logistical nightmare for Chris Merritt, Suon Socheat and Joe Bull; but their invaluable experience provided a clear direction for the volunteers. It has been an exciting month in the orphanage with a workload completed that has rarely been seen.
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