Marty makes a difference

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Marty makes a difference

MEENIYAN’s own humanitarian Marty Thomas returns home this week after a month long visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After months of raising funds and collecting necessities for the children at the Opportunity for Development thru Art (ODA) Orphanage, Mr Thomas delivered the goods in person to 33 delighted children.

Founder and director of ODA Leng Touch said Mr Thomas’ efforts went above and beyond in helping benefit the lives of the underprivileged children at Siem Reap.

“Tom Tom Akun (thank you big big) to Moo’s at Meeniyan and the amazing friends who supported Marty’s wishing tree and ODA art shows. Over $10,000 was raised to support children in the Siem Reap District,” Mr Touch said.

Mr Touch said the funds raised would go towards healthy food which is currently in short supply. The orphanage will buy 10 breeding hens and work to build a poultry enclosure and shelter.

Aside from providing safe accommodation to the 33 Siem Reap children, ODA is committed to the education of underprivileged children at risk of becoming child brides or unemployment. The organisation has eight free English schools to provide further opportunities for education and employment for its students.

“We will buy sneakers and school books for students going in to school,” Mr Touch said.

“English language is critical for students to gain employment in and around the booming tourist industry when they are older.

“Some of the funds raised will go towards the Yearly Uniform Fund. Having a uniform can save girls lives. If they can stay on at school, they can marry later in life and are less likely to die of premature childbirth. Life has harsh realities here.”

Mr Thomas sold art by ODA students from Moo’s at Meeniyan. His restaurant also held a fundraising dinner while guests gave to a wishing tree by donating money to the value of necessities to be bought for the children, including clothes, books and toys.

“Many more general living and education expenses can now be found for ODA children all thanks to your kind hearts,” Mr Touch said.

“We sincerely thank you all so very much.”

Big thanks from the children: Marty Thomas, far right, celebrates the funds raised with the beneficiary children of the Opportunity for Development thru Art Orphanage in Cambodia’s Siem Reap district.

Big thanks from the children: Marty Thomas, far right, celebrates the funds raised with the beneficiary children of the Opportunity for Development thru Art Orphanage in Cambodia’s Siem Reap district.

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