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BEL Rotary commits $1000. to the purchase of bicycles so Cambodian children can attend school.

                                 

 

On January 28th a team of Rotarians and friends from District 7010 will arrive in Phonom Penh, Cambodia to distribute bicycles and school supplies to the children of this impoverished country, so they can attend school.  BEL members Girv and Cheryl Devitt and and Susan and Tony Davidson are part of this team. 

The team will spend 3 weeks distributing bicycles to children in need in the rural areas. Our current goal is to distribute 800 bicycles in 9 target locations – but we are happy to provide more if donations pour in.  Many of the children who will be receiving the bikes walk up to 10km to school (and an additional 10 km home again) for the opportunity to get a education.  Many children simply are not able to attend school.  Education is one of the great equalizers and a significant factor in the promotion of peace.  Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and after the devastation by the Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide of the educated, the education of their young is the hope for the future.

Along with distributing bicycles, our team will be bringing over donations of schools supplies, used eyeglasses, toys and children’s clothes which we will give out at the schools and orphanages that we visit. At every bicycle distribution, a Cambodian dental professional will provide a dental hygiene lesson to the children, families and teachers there – so, we are also looking for donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Our team will also get to visit many of Cambodia’s historic sites including: the famed temples of Angkor Wat, The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields, the Landmine Museum, the Royal Palace and National Museum. Our team enjoys local boat trips, cyclo rides and even ride the famous ‘Bamboo Train’. We see a lot of rural Cambodia that the average tourist does not see.

Our past two service trips to Cambodia saw a total of 2,328 bikes distributed to needy children enabling them to swiftly cover the miles to school. In the past 2 years, we also distributed 4 tons of rice, 1,231 family-sized mosquito nets and thousands of toothbrushes and toothpaste.

BEL Rotary is proud to be part of this amazing project.  The $1000. donated by the club will buy 20 bicycles for Cambodian children.  For more information or to make a donation please go to www.rotarywheelsforlearning.com.

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