STORIES OF HOPE

No Longer “Underwater” (Thanks to Clean Water)

Maiy was stressed and worried. His family was “underwater.” As a new husband to his wife Chantou and adoptive father to her two sons, Maiy was feeling the weight of the family’s debt. They had taken out a microfinance loan to buy equipment for their family’s small farming operation, but now Maiy couldn’t even stay

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

One of the pillars of CWEF’s development work has been to support the educational journeys of high-achieving girls from rural areas of China whose families are experiencing difficult financial challenges. Thousands of teens have been able to complete their high school education through tuition support and student development programs that support their mental and

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Struggle, Sacrifice, and Opportunity for Srey Nith

Srey Nith knows all about hard work and sacrifice. She has seen her parents model these things, giving their best to create better opportunities for their three daughters. Srey Nith also knows about struggle and failure, as her parents took out loans to finance their small rice farming operation, only to experience disappointment and

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HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY PLANET

Students at Anla and Heshangzhuang Primary School in rural Yunnan province ended the previous school year and started the new school year strong and healthy. Students at both schools participated in TOT (“Training of Trainers”) activities as part of the ongoing HEAL (“Health Education, Advocacy & Literacy”) program facilitated by the CWEF team and

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Phanna’s Perseverance

by Panhary Port Puth (Cambodia Education Programs Director), with Joshua Lange (CWEF Executive Director) In 1980, a young man in Cambodia stepped on a landmine laid by Khmer Rouge soldiers while clearing land for farming. He survived but faced many hardships as a disabled farmer. He married and had four children, one of whom

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Planting The Seeds of a Dream

by Jenny Chu (Yunnan Senior Program Director) & Karin Semler (CWEF Board Secretary) CWEF’s vision is a world of “thriving communities, serving and inspiring hope in others.” This is not a “one and done” type of goal—change takes time and real sustainable change happens in the lives of individuals and the communities they serve

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Cultivating a Healthier Future for Mrs. Hun’s Family

In fall 2020, CWEF staff and local partners surveyed 50 families in several villages in Tboung Khmum province to assess their health needs. A request for water wells had been received, and research was done to assess the overall health situation, as well as other needs and opportunities in the area. Mrs. Hun, her

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Meili’s Meaningful Service and Promising Future

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand,” is a well-known Chinese proverb attributed to Confucius. Active involvement in community health education is a hallmark of the HEAL program, through the training of adult and children health advocates.   CWEF’s Senior Programs Director, Jenny Chu, shares: “There is

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A Grateful Heart in the Midst of a Tragic Year

written by Elena Semler, CWEF volunteer Xuemei, a high school senior in Yunnan Province, has dealt with many hardships and feelings of helplessness during the past year due to COVID-19:  “At the beginning of the school year, I failed to go to school for the first time. I had to stay at home and

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YINLU’S ANGEL

Written by Elena Semler – CWEF Volunteer “You are an angel in my heart,” Yinlu writes to her high school scholarship sponsor of 3 years. She is from a village in northeast Yunnan province and is a recipient of a CWEF scholarship, which provides financial assistance so she can attend high school. Hardships in

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BUILDING HEALTHY LIVES IN RURAL YUNNAN

The children were amazed to see the purple glow that emerged from on their classmate’s hands under the black-light. The idea of invisible bacteria and contaminants is difficult for anyone to understand. As part of CWEF’s health education curriculum, students participate in a simulation activity in which they see the transfer of ‘bacteria’ from

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Clean Water with Clear Impact for Chanthy

Chanthy, 38, raises her two children with her husband who is a farmer in Samrith village in Kompong Thom province. Their day begins early, with her husband going to fish with a hand-held net around 5 AM. On a good day, he will catch several big fish, which he can sell at the market.

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