Daughters Rising created the Colors of Hope charm to help Amanda Prak Sam build a school and bring hope to the children of Reang Keseil
A child’s right to learn
When the school bell sounds, over 530 students, from kindergarten to 8th grade, file into the one dilapidated school that serves the rural village of Reang Keseil, Cambodia. Some of the buildings are condemned and shuttered out of fear of the roof collapsing. Instead, some children sit in makeshift classrooms made from 3 tin walls and a dirt floor. There is no electricity, nor running water. School supplies and books are scarce and even chalk is treasured resource. With an abysmal dropout rate of 40%, the children of Reang Keseil are in desperate need of a new school. One Hundred Pounds of Hope’s goal is to build six new classrooms with solar powered electricity and a water filtration system — the most basic elements these students need. Each classroom is expected to cost around $8,000. This is the first step in helping this community rebuild and giving them hope for a sustainable future.
Hope comes in all shapes, sizes and colors
The Colors of Hope charm is a Daughters Rising exclusive product designed by Hannah Herr for One Hundred Pounds of Hope. Each charm captures the playful spirit of children and the bright optimism of hope. This tiny glass bottle holds a tiny bit of colored powder sourced from Nepal (and tradtionally used in Holi, Nepal’s festival of color holiday!). Each bottle is 1” in height and carefully sealed by hand with a glued natural cork and topped with a simple Sterling Silver jump ring. Chain not included. Available in red, orange, yellow, green and teal.
A story of hope
Amanda Prak Sam spent her early teenage years in a brutal Khmer Rouge labor camp. Her family was forced to flee their home country of Cambodia, a dangerous journey that resulted in the death of two of her siblings. Amanda moved to the US as a refugee but always remained aware of the suffering of fellow Cambodians and determined to help them.
[quote style=”” float=””]Education should be a human right for children everywhere, nothing can give them more hope for their future”
– Amanda Prak Sam[/quote]
In April 2006, Amanda and her husband Thoeun made their first emergency relief mission to Cambodia with $1,700 in donations from family and friends and with this they bought locally produced food to help 110 families. Struck by severe poverty of the village she once called home. She knew that she had to return and do more. And the next year they raised twice as much. Amanda founded One Hundred Pounds of Hope to engage friends with compassion and know-how to support impoverished destitute Cambodians in Battambang. The name comes from the fact that a single 100 pound bag of rice can sustain a family of four for a month. Learn more about One Hundred Pounds of Hope [/twocol_one]