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Can you help me build a school in
Cambodia and improve the life chances of Cambodians in the Khmer region?
My name is Juliana Oosterwijk, I'm 17 years old and I attend the ISH
(International School Hilversum). I'm so excited to tell you that I will be
going to Cambodia in February 2019 to help build a school and teach English to
Khmer communities around the town of Stung Treng which sits alongside the
I’m exceptionally passionate about this particular project as this
community suffers from very high poverty levels due to total water reliance on
the heavily polluted Mekong and, does not have a properly operating school.
Through building this school the education levels in the region will increase
which will lead to higher earning potentials for the locals. Increased
education levels will also lead to reduced pollution in the Mekong which will
dramatically improve the communities’ living conditions. In essence, the
project will improve the overall life chances of the whole community.
During my trip I want to become an expert in the following processes so
that, for the next project, I can go straight into Cambodia and start building
and teaching English without any further training – enabling me to get straight
down to work and adding as much value as possible. The skills that I am looking
to develop on this first trip are:
- Building foundation knowledge - cement making and
- Building construction – materials used and how to
combine them all. First fix. Second fix, etc.
- Painting – how to properly apply the paint and at
what stage the painting happens.
- Language and Culture – to get a real understanding of
the Cambodian culture and work out the most effective way to teach them
I am a native English speaker with a real interest in languages (I speak
English, Dutch, French and Hebrew) I thus feel that I will be able to add real
value to the English teaching element. I also love making things so, I feel
that I will pick-up the construction skills very quickly so that I can return
for the next project and become ‘one of the builders’ as soon as I arrive…no
training time means more building time!
This project obviously requires funding and I would be exceptionally
grateful if you could donate as much money as possible to this trip. Every
Euro/Pound/Dollar that you give me will go directly to the Khmer communities –
and I will send every contributor a diary of my trip to graphically show you
just how your donation helped. I am sending this letter to everyone I know in
the world (!) and hopefully all of you will forward it onto everyone that you
know – my aim is to achieve more donations than anyone else who is
participating – hopefully you can help me do this!
The more I receive the more I will be able to give back to the Khmer community
on this trip and, the more skills I will be able to develop to return again in
the future to help further.
Yours hopefully, Juliana Oosterwijk. XXX