Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The teenager who funded a school in Cambodia

I loved this story of a teenager who dared to think outside the square and bought a school for the village of Srah Khvav in Cambodia.

It made me think that any one of us could make a difference ... if we really wanted to.

To raise money, Rosenfeld sent out hundreds of fundraising letters, sold T-shirts and offered naming rights for several structures in the school, a statement said. The $52,000 she raised was supplemented by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which contributed $10,000 and $13,000, respectively, said her mother, Lisa Rosenfeld.


furiousBall said...

that's amazing

Di Mackey said...

It is, isn't it. It made me wonder what we're all capable of, if we turn our mind to it.

V-Grrrl said...

E-Grrrl decided in the fall to raise money for an organization benefiting women and children refugees in Burma. She took her task very seriously and sent the money to the organization, based in the U.K. She received a hand-written, very personal thank you note and a poster showing Burmese children. That response meant so much to her; she was thrilled to 'see' the kids and to know she really had made a difference. I'm so glad they took the time to acknowledge her efforts that way; it really reinforces her determination to help others.

Di Mackey said...

It's such a remarkable and amazing thing for kids to learn, isn't it ... that one person can make a huge difference.

Congratulations to E-grrrl :)

Alexpr said...

Yep, that is a wonderful story. And it shows how one person can really make a difference, as you say.

Rachel Rosenfeld, the girl behind this, deserves a medal or something, and she managed to do this while she was ill.

A shining example if ever there was one.