We here at One Degree Forward understand that making the decision to help people who are thousands of miles away can sometimes be difficult, and you it’s easy to feel as if you’re too far away to really be making a difference. As technology steadily spreads through much of the Third World, staying in contact with those who you help has never been easier. Through avenues such as Email, Skype, and even Facebook, donors and sponsors are able to maintain a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with those who they choose to help. In doing so, we are able to directly experience the impact that we are having on the lives of those who are we trying to help succeed.
Listed below are samples of letters that we receive from our recipients, some of which are simply to say hello, and others which reveal that harrowing ordeals many of these children must go through just to take the initiative to educate and better themselves.
A letter from Chakriya, a student studying nursing and English in Phnom Penh, May 27, 2013
How are you ? I hope you and your family are well. What about weather in your country? It is great?
For my study , I go to an English class at 5:30-6:30 and Computer class at 4:30-5:30 in the afternoon. Nursing school i will try study and I will making good for my exam, but when I have free time diffidence. I’m sure it was great. I want to practice my English whit you a lot of , but i’m difficulty go out.
Me and my family is good. I wish you and your family good luck and sweet dream forever .
A letter from team leader Laim discussing the Moon solar lights and enrolling students in English school, May 13, 2013
Dear Tim and Kyle,
A letter from Martin, a recent volunteer from America who spent over two weeks teaching English at Samrong School, December 14, 2012
Samrong really was great! I was very sad to leave Samrong School, Sophy, her family and the students behind. It was even sadder than leaving my parents back home because I dont know when I will be back at Samrong. It has been the highlight of my trip thus far. Sophy her family, and Laims parents were very kind to me and always ensured I was well taken care of.
Im happy that all of the students you help can attend school/the University.
I think Sophy will be extremely pleased if you were to bring her a smart phone, she has no way of using the internet/checking her email. I asked Sophy if she needed anything at the school and she seemed pretty content with what she had. I think that some flashcards with words in english/pictures would be very helpful. Maybe a book on lesson plans as well. When I was in Samrong I would occasionally play the students a movie from my phone and they would love it. Maybe a used laptop that can play dvds and some educational dvds would also come in handy…When I went back to Phnom Penh I got to meet up with Laim again and see the temple where he lives…
Tim, If I can ever help you with anything, Samrong, the students, or whatever it may be. Please dont hesitate to get in touch with me. I will be telling others that I meet along the way about Samrong school and hopefully I will find some new volunteers that can take my place…”
A letter from Chariya, a girl who send to English school just writing to thank us and say hello, November 9, 2012
Dear Tim and Kyle,
A letter from Kakneang who is a girl studying at Build Bright University in Phnom Penh, July 3, 2012
Letter from Laim Len regarding the new raincoat we sent him for the rainy season when he needs to ride his bicycle to school, June 30, 2012
Dear Tim and Kyle,
Letter from Steven, one of our donors who is helping to provide a full time teacher for Samrong School
I am delighted that the funds are helping to make a difference. Information like this makes my day! . . Thank you, Tim!
It is wonderful that the Phnom Post will write about Laim and his efforts to improve rural and children’s lives. It will give him greater exposure, and with it, additional help. All of this is good news for the Samrong School.
Letter from Laim Len regarding aid given to Samrong Village School, January 24, 2011
Dear Tim and Kyle,
Letter from Sophy to One Degree Forward, November 21, 2011
“Hi Tim!how are you?i”m very happy to welcome you all on December,
thanks a lots that you provide new life for me,(going to university)’
Can i call you Dad?
Take care Dad!
Letter from Laim to One Degree Forward, October 16, 2011
“Dear Tim and Kyle,
Thank you so much for sponsor us.
I registered at BBU already.
We spent 180.00$ each for student.
1.50$ each for student card.
For uniform 20.00$ each
For bikes 50.00$
For notebooks and lesson book and some school supplies, I gave money to them, 4 bikes keys, 4 pairs of shoes.
Discount 5 per cent from BBU.
They all thank you so much that they could have the great opportunity to enroll university today.
Anyways I will send you email again. At the moment is raining and it take so long time to upload photos.
I could not go to Phnom Penh today because of flood but I will go there tomorrow.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Wish you become a rich man.
Sincerely and love from us,
Laim, Sa, Mach, Sophy and Kanha
Letter from Laim to One Degree Forward, July 25, 2011
“Dear Tim and Kyle,
Srey nouch will going level 5 she got good score B class
Rotanak he going to level 3 he got good score too B plus class
the school they pay for the new term at the end of july for 6 month last term 4 month only i’ll find out how much and let you know
Regard from your freind
Letter from Sreynouch to One Degree Forward, May 19, 2011
I’m fine thanks and you?
Now in Phnom Phen is really has rain a lots.
I’m really like beltei very much .
Thanks for you pays my study.
Say hello your family for me.
form chan sreynouch.
Excerpt of letter from Len Laim to One Degree Forward, May 13, 2011
Sa is my cousin. She has 5 sisters and one youngest brother. she is the firth children in her family.
She was born in 18 May 1990, about 45km from Siem Reap town, in Samrong Village, Khnar Pour Commune,
Sotnie Kom District, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. People in this area depend on agriculture (planting rice one time a year conditional families). Her father died before she went to school.
All of her sisters went only to primary school that in that time her mum who look after.
Unfortunely her mum decided all children stop study because she could not afford and control family.
She have been starting to get sick and sick that she decided to sell her farm for get money to pay health care.
Until now her mum still sick can work any more. Sa have been struggling to finish her high school even though that all
sisters decided to marry after they stopped studying form primary school.
Her English is not so bad can communitate with foreigner. She is trying to pratice her English with teaching to children at Samrong Village of Opportunity.
She is working at our school is Samrong Village School of Opportunity part time to improve her English and provide free education to our community. She know a litle bit about computer some time she use internet also.
Here is the budget that I get from Sa.
She said she can stay in the house that I was staying while I was studying
For food it might cost up 35 to 50$ as you know the food now is more
expensive. For books and some more supplies will cost about 10 to 15$ per month.
For transportation she said spend only 35$ to buy good bike that she can use
for long time. For cloths and university uniform will cost 20 per year.
Thank you again for your kindness always thinking about our future.
I am looking forward to hearing and working with you.
Please all the best go with you and your family.
Laim Len and Sa Chear
Letter from Rotanak to One Degree Forward, May 9, 2011
I’m fine thanks.
Thanks your prsent.
I and my sister will get 90% from school we’re need good futuer.
I do not play at school alot now, I love my father his work hard for me and my mom too.
I have internet at home now with my dad we use togetter.
Thanks. say hello to your family for me.