Let’s hear from Mike Kershner, our volunteer who has been helping to make the dream of completing school come true for our students since 2018.
Mike and his wife visited Chea Smonn with Vic and Olli in April 2018 to see the community, meet many of the students, teachers, and parents. They also participated in the School for Life ceremony where they awarded scholarships and bicycles to several students. They were blown away by the hospitality and warmth they received from the community.
The most inspiring moment for Mike on that trip was making a student home visit, one of the School for Life scholarship recipients from Chea Smonn. Mike was especially touched by how she continued her studies outside of the classroom and how she shared what she learnt with her sister.
He recalled, “She showed us a whiteboard where she and her sister practised her lessons every day. It’s a tiny detail, but we loved that she had written on the whiteboard the day of the week so that she knew what lesson she had learnt that day!”
For anyone considering whether or not to join a charitable effort, here’s what Mike has to say, “I would say just jump in and do it. My only regret is I didn’t do it earlier. I always thought of this as something I should do, but then came up with a million excuses why I was too busy to get involved.”
He added, “However, even a small percentage of our time can make a big difference for some communities and people who benefit from that support. The personal sense of gratitude I get in helping others who face steeper challenges than me is the payoff. There isn’t a material asset, or bigger number in the bank account, or any nonsense like that that could even come close to the satisfaction and deeper understanding of people I gain from working to support someone along life’s journey.”
Want to empower underprivileged students to complete school and help them uplift themselves from the poverty cycle? You can support them by donating to this new school year scholarships - 100 Dreams for 100 students.