STORIES OF HOPE

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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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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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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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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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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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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Project Success Leads to New Work in Tboung Khmum

Since 2011, CWEF has collaborated with local churches and government partners in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom province to improve health through holistic development projects. A pillar of CWEF’s work in Kampong Thom has been the Biosand Water Filter project supported by your generous gifts, which have provided local families with convenient access to clean 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 life

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Health is Priceless

The rising costs of health care is a common concern in the West. People often take for granted the infrastructures and systems that automatically provide sanitary conditions and safe drinking water. Imagine what life is like for people, without health insurance, who are ill on a regular basis by simply drinking (unsafe) water. Sambo

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Your Gifts Power Holistic Health Education

Addressing the health and sanitation needs of rural communities requires a multi-faceted approach. CWEF’s HEAL project addresses the challenge in a holistic manner — improving both the physical facilities as well as much-needed health education to empower people to prevent illness. In rural China, 24% of people still live without access to basic sanitation

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Preparing for the Gaokao and Bright Futures Beyond

Each year, graduating high school students from across China face one of the biggest challenges of their young lives: the university entrance exam known as the gaokao.  Like many students around the world, education in China went online for much of the spring semester. Many rural students lack reliable internet access at their homes and

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