Donate a computer, donate a library
I have this idea that in what is related with donations and aid, education is a superior tool to contribute to a developing nation like Cambodia. If you come from an industrialized country, it is easy to feel pity for impoverished families and child beggars. Then it seems a good action to give money to them, without the idea that by doing that, the only outcome is the production of more beggars. Then beggars do not have a real future. Building schools, at the other hand, is a better option. It is possible to build a school in a rural area with 40 thousand US dollars – it is the cost of a car, many of them running throughout the Cambodian roads. Then a school opens another doors for poor Cambodian families. It needs the support of many others to guarantee that children will continue their education.
I wonder how many computers, books and academic material are discarded in developed countries, material that could be useful for a Cambodian child or youth for their formation. Of course, academic material need trained and responsible educators to guarantee that children and youth profit in the best way.
I invite you to share your old computer with a Cambodian child or young student inside any project of the Don Bosco schools in Cambodia. We need also to set libraries in Khmer. Cambodian children and youth need to get the like to read. Readability is too low in the country. Khmer libraries are dedicated to topics like English, tourism and economy, while literature, philosophy and humanistic subjects are rare. The lack of readability in a society is, doubtless, vulnerability.