11 Nov. 2012
During the holiday season last year, we wanted to create some meaningful change in honor of our devoted friends, clients and crew members. After putting a lot of thought into it, we decided to give the gift of literacy to a group of kids in rural Cambodia by funding a library through the wonderful nonprofit Room to Read.
Less than a year later, we're excited to announce that our library has been completed in a small village on the Mekong Delta called Chheu Teal Srot Kraom! Within Rumchek Primary School, a spare room was converted into a comfortable, welcoming space for reading and discovery.
In addition to more than 2,300 books, the room is stocked with art supplies, games, puzzles, posters and maps that will expand the horizons of hundreds of children every year. Room to Read has also trained local people to act as librarians and has enlisted teachers to help their students use the library to its best advantage. Here are our first images of the new library in operation.
Nearly 50% of girls and 30% of boys growing up in Cambodia are laborers, rather than students. In this district of Cambodia, just 7% of boys and 3% of girls complete secondary school. Though the overall literacy rate is about 70%, only 28% of women and girls know how to read and write. Through educational programs, local language publishing and libraries, Room to Read plans to offer the gift of literacy to 10 million children around the world by 2015, including hundreds of thousands of Cambodian kids.
All of us here at Riverstreet are so happy and proud to have been a part of bringing this opportunity to the children of Chheu Teal Srot Kraom, and are now looking forward to embarking upon next year's project. More news on that coming soon!
11 Nov. 2012
As you may recall, during the holiday season two years ago, Riverstreet donated to the nonprofit charity: water to build a well for a needy community in the name of our loyal clients, crew members and friends.
I'm thrilled to announce that the well we funded in your honor has been completed in Honduras! Many communities in Honduras suffer from both seasonal water scarcity and upriver pollution of the local streams they depend on for water. Over the past 18 months, the people of El Arenal, Honduras have collaborated with charity: water's organizational team to protect their water source and pipe it into a central location in their village, where clean, safe water can be shared by everyone.
Tragically, about one in nine people around the world today lacks access to clean drinking water, and charity: water's mission is to change that. Focusing 100% of donations toward field water projects, rather than operating costs, charity: water is a highly efficient organization that can provide needy communities a lifetime of clean water for just about $20 per person.
Here are a few of the kids who will now benefit from a lifetime of drinking water that won't make them sick. We are overjoyed to have been a part of this project, and look forward to facilitating many more like it in the years to come!