Filed under: Give to Children, Inspirational Thoughts, Poverty | Tags: awareness, children, commitment, Inspiring Stories
The Burned Children Care Foundation presents us with an example of inspiration and action. Vivian Pellas was directly affected by the painful remnants of burns after a plane crash in Honduras. She was inspired to take action, therefore she founded APROQUEN in Central America to address the global health crisis of burns. Startlingly, fires kill more school-aged children in one year than tuberculosis or malaria. The Burned Children Care Foundation has provided over 300,000 complimentary health services to the burned children of Nicaragua and greater Central America.
In order to exponentially effect Central America’s public health crisis regarding burns, APROQUEN began the “Regional Program for the Treatment, Rehabilitation, Training and Prevention of Burned Children in Central America” in 2003. The Regional Training Program not only brings awareness to the crisis, but encourages local solutions to local problems. A free Regional Meeting of the Central American and Caribbean Burn Association promoted exchange of ideas and knowledge in August 2010. The Regional Training Program draws ideas from these partnerships and continues to put educational focus on rehabilitation, burn reconstructive surgery, nurse training, burn physical therapy, and burn patient pediatrics. The program’s training missions in Nicaragua include participants and medical students from hospitals in Florida, Maryland, Texas, and soon New York.
After the recognition from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, APROQUEN has facilitated more than 35 missions and training activities benefiting medical professionals dedicated to the treatment of burned patients in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. Act now to support this incredible and region-specific organization to continue to transform lives in Central America!
Filed under: Giving, Inspirational Thoughts, Poverty | Tags: Cambodia, educational opportunities, Muoy You, Seametrey Children's Village
By Kyle Daley
Growing up in poverty in Cambodia, during the Vietnam War, Muoy You recalls living in a squatters’ shack where she turned to books and studying as a means of escape. In the early 70’s, You won a scholarship to study in France. During her time in Europe, You’s parents and siblings were among the 2 million victims in the Pol Pot’s killing fields.
Over the next 20 years, You focused on raising a family and serving as a teacher in Africa and in the Middle East.
Now back in her native Cambodia, You established the Seametrey Children’s Village, a private initiative focused on providing the children of her homeland the same educational opportunities she was given.
In order to achieve this, You mortgaged her home, bought a small plot of land, and transformed a run-down shack into a classroom where she could inspire future generations of Cambodians.
You keeps the opportunity of a great education open to everyone — students and their families pay only what they could afford. Cambodia, a country with a rigid class system, You treats all of her students the same, and expects her students to do the same as well. The result is a school where the sons and daughters of the wealthy elite and poor underclass have the opportunity to become the best of friends.
If you would like to help with educational programs in Cambodia:
- Provide needed low-cost technologies to teachers in the poorest neighborhoods.
- Help feed a class of 10 students for an entire school year.
- Assist Room-to-Read partner with villages to build much needed schools.
For more ways to help, visit UniversalGiving.org.