To understand more about the events happening all around the world, I joined the Hope Service Group. This group, however, mainly focuses on the rural areas of Cambodia, and what is happening. We meet every day 10 on the ten-day cycle to discuss different ways to raise money to build schools and wells and other things that are useful for the citizens living in rural areas. When I first joined the group they told us our goal was to raise ¥2,750,000. To do this successfully, we were divided into groups of 3-5 people each, and each group came up with different ways of fundraising. For my group, we sold snacks at several school events, we held some bake sales, started a go-fund-me page and many other things. They also organize a trip every year for 20 people to visit the previous projects and help build the project at the moment. Unfortunately, due to some family business, I wasn’t able to join the trip. Even today, though, we are still raising money.
Overall, joining the Hope Service group was an excellent choice, because I get to learn more about their culture and how poor some areas are. However, through raising money, I can make a difference for some people. How? Every cent donated to this cause can help us and the organization build wells for clean water, new school facilities, new clothing, new academic material (such as textbooks) and even food. Access to clean water is viable. Most of us are lucky to be able to walk a few steps and turn on a tap. However, there are children and adults who walk hundreds of kilometers to get little water, which is not even clean. As a result, they can extract diseases and become very sick, and sometimes it could lead to death. In addition, a lot of children miss school due to these ‘trips’ and without proper education, they can not find jobs in the future. Moreover, the adults who miss their work, they miss out on the extra money they could have earned, and therefore are sometimes unable to feed their families. Malnourishment, famine, dehydration are all things most of us do not experience, and we should not have to go through that, this is why we need to support others and other countries to achieve one goal, international development. So before you buy that new pair of jeans, think twice, you could save a life.