Many years ago, The Ties Program implemented “Project Kindness” via our sister organization World Ties, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that supports children and families in Ties’ countries. So that our efforts are focused, we try to find a place, or a group of children, and build a relationship that enhances the lives of the community we touch.
During Cambodian Ties 2008, en route to Mekong Island, we stopped at a small, remote island called Arey Ksat. As soon as we met the school children there, we knew we had a “home” for Project Kindness-Cambodia.
The 2010 Cambodia Ties families raised more than $10,000 and hand delivered tables, desks, chairs, bookshelves, books, school supplies, and school snacks, among other things. Families even helped put in a garden at the school. It was a FABULOUS SUCCESS!
The 2011 families took on a BIG project at the neighboring Mekong Island School. This school plays a very important role on the island. It is the ONLY school where Mekong Island children can get an education. There are only three classrooms, no desks for teachers, no library, no administration office (called director’s office) and no playground. Sadly, another organization had committed to building an administration office/library, but did not have the funds to complete it, leaving it totally unusable.
Remarkably, the 2011 families took on the challenge, and successfully completed the new administration/library building, purchased a desk for the library as well as several hundred dollars worth of books.
The 2012-2018 families continued the tradition of helping the island schools, creating a playground area with swings, glass bookcases, a computer with electrical wiring, a stone statue , and yes, more books!
Families visiting Cambodia in the future can visit the completed building, and continue to provide for the island schools.