I like to believe that I’m making a difference in the world. I like to think that my life has purpose, after all why am I here? This must be a question many people ask themselves.
With the upcoming Olympic Games in RIO, I was prompted to think about goals and dreams. The athletes competing at the Games started their journey with a dream. Their dream to one day represent their country and hopefully stand proudly on the podium as an Olympic medalist. At what point did their dream become a goal and ultimately a reality?
We all dream. A new sports car, an overseas holiday of a lifetime, a fairy tale wedding. Yes, I have dreamed about all of these, however I know of some beautiful girls who also dream however their dreams are different to those of my own. Their dreams are my “expectations“. Having an education, a home with good living conditions, equal opportunities, marrying by choice, safety, respect and a future full of potential and hope. I was born in Australia – these girls were born in Cambodia. Unfair?
I volunteer my time to help an amazing organisation called Auscam Freedom Project as the Sponsorship Co-ordinator for their Educational Scholarship Program. AusCam provide young girls in the slum districts of Phnom Penh the opportunity to go to school and to reach their potential. Unlike Australia, girls in Cambodia have many daily struggles including risk of exploitation, abuse and worse as a result of generational poverty.
My dream is see their dreams come true! Currently there are 100 girls in the AusCam Freedom Project program – fantastic, BUT we dream of 1000 girls by 2020. The program provides girls the chance to go to school without being forced to work at a very young age to help support their families. AusCam have now introduced a rice program to help not just the girl but also her family.
Here’s where it gets difficult … money. Good intentions, fantastic programs and resources are nothing without the funds to support it. I was amazed to learn that for only $1.50 a day, a girl’s life and that of her family can be turned around. I just spent $3.50 for a coffee as I sat down to write this blog!
What are your dreams? Go for it!!! Give it your all!!
Meanwhile, can you extend your determination and heart’s desire to also include a young girl in Cambodia. She dreams too, it’s just that she has no options but to just dream and never see her dreams become a reality. Be the reason that her dreams come true. YOU, yes you have the power to grant wishes !
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish AusCam’s Ambassador, Melissa Wu, all the very best as she represents Australia at the Olympic Games in Diving. May her dreams become a reality!
Leonie Miller is our Sponsorship Coordinator.
PROTECTION & EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION, MENTORING & LIFE SKILLS
AusCam Freedom Project believes girls should be 'taught not trafficked'.
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