Residents are being encouraged to clean out their closets for a cause!
New College Village residents are being encouraged to clean out their closets for a cause to raise scholarship funds for school students in rural Cambodia.
The donated clothes will be sold for $5 each. Residents aim to raise $300 to provide food security for those studying in the Ntuk Ni dorm in the eastern province of Mondulkiri on the Vietnamese border. The eight indigenous Bunong students studying from Year 6 to Year 10 currently live on a USD$0.50 a day food ration which is not adequate for their needs. The $300 sponsorship will take the food ration up to 75 cents per day which will be enough to feed the students a more nutritious and varied diet.
NCV Dean, Susan Bazzana writes,
“While the school is still tiny by comparison to those many of our residents would have attended, it is exciting to be part of establishing a more financially viable pathway to high school for these students. They would have had no prior opportunity to get any education past primary school previously because there are no high schools close to where they live and the Bunong can’t afford to send them away for high school. It is great that NCV residents can be a part of assisting a community which is seeing the value of education and wanting to provide opportunities for its young people to gain high school education.”
Educating girls is especially important for community transformation. The World Bank says;
Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.
New College Village is thrilled to be able to be part of this change for the four girls currently studying in the Ntuk Ni dorm.
Clean clothes have been collected by current residents Ashley Andrews, Shenani Weerasinghe, Priyanka Raje and May Gao and will be sold in the NCV Reading Room this Saturday from 9am to 2pm. All money raised by the clothes swap will be donated to help less fortunate families support their children and afford school fees without the concern of the cost of meals. The sale will also coincide with the ‘Life at the Table’ Conference hosted by Focus Church and NCV Christian Fellowship in the Main Common Room. The college looks forward to seeing many NCV residents attend to support the students in Cambodia while picking out some new winter wardrobe items!