The smiles & humble appreciation seen in photos of Cambodian families receiving MTRF donations is beyond heartwarming; however, there really aren’t any words to describe the feeling of meeting these families in person! Fortunately, we arranged two such opportunities for our supporters recently. First, while on a trip to Hong Kong & Cambodia, a group of 6 expressed an interest in visiting the family that received a water well dedicated in memory of one of their parents. We were happy to facilitate this experience!
Interestingly, this adventure on Cambodian back roads in the quest of meeting Romcheck villagers benefitting from MTRF wells turned into a very touching surprise! Unbeknownst to 4 of the group members, behind the scenes, the couple shown above had previously donated a well that would contain a group photo (taken in Hong Kong just a week prior to their arrival in Cambodia). One can only imagine the shock & delight (and tears of joy) they experienced when viewing this very special well. It was icing on the cake when they met the grateful family who immediately recognized the faces that greet them each day they access the fresh water made possible by this gift.
This experience was so moving, it prompted a birthday surprise donation/dedication a month later! It just doesn’t get much better that that, does it?!
How about a “graduation well dedication" visited by the recent graduate herself? Not a bad second act, right?
In this case, visits to the Cambodian families who had received several wells previously dedicated to family & friends were also involved. Like the American visitors before them, they also presented gifts; this time, tubs containing soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste & towels, all of which were gratefully received.
Having the opportunity to visit a foreign country & observe the culture from afar is always extremely educational; however, having the chance to meet local families and contribute to their lives in a meaningful way takes the experience to a completely different level.
Are you interested in helping others in this way? If so, please visit www.ramsey.foundation to learn more about the programs we've launched to help those in need obtain access to fresh water, take precautions against malaria, attend school, construct homes and more.... As always, we'd gratefully appreciate your help in sharing this blogpost to further spread the word on the work being done by the Mark & Trina Ramsey Foundation!
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