Organizations Partner to Help Poor Children Prepare For a Better Life

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U.S. based Child Rescue, Inc. and Goodwill Community Foundation have partnered to prepare children living in the poor villages of Cambodia’s interior for a better future by teaching them English and basic computer skills.

U.S. based Child Rescue, Inc. and Goodwill Community Foundation have partnered to prepare children living in the poor villages of Cambodia’s interior for a better future.

The endeavor to help children in Cambodia began for the two organizations in 2003 when Child Rescue, Inc. was established to provide a home for orphans living in and around the rural village of Krang Lovea. Since then, the non-profit has cared for over 40 homeless children. Children at the orphanage are taught to speak English as well as reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning English was and is still considered essential for the children who wish to move to large cities like Phnom Penh after they leave the orphanage.

Because speaking English is so important to a child’s future wellbeing, Child Rescue sought other organizations to partner with them to help with the costs of teaching additional, non-orphaned children living in other nearby villages.

In 2007, Dennis McClain, of Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) met with the Child Rescue Board of Directors and agreed to fund a total of 10 schools to not only teach English but the skills required to operate a personal computer and utilize the Internet. In March of this year the two groups saw the first fruits of their combined efforts when eighty children graduated from the first computer training classes that began in December of 2009. A twelfth school teaching English opened in August of 2010 bringing the total number of students enrolled in the English program to approximately two thousand. 94 of the students have opted to take advantage of the computer training.

The English program is spearheaded by Child Rescue, but funding comes primarily from Goodwill so the schools are officially called––GCF Training Centers. Goodwill funding has paid for computers, satellite dishes for the Internet and even generators to produce the required electricity.

Child Rescue also works and raises funds to place young adults who have grown up at the orphanage into colleges or vocational training schools in Phnom Penh.

For additional information contact:
Ken Armstrong–President
Child Rescue, Inc.
303-360-7515
email: ken(at)childrescueinc(dot)org
http://www.childrescueinc.org

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