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Alistair WatersJul. 14, 2018 12:00 a.m.News
If you’ve ever wondered about the power of the individual when it comes to helping others living in poverty in a far away land, take a page from Elaine Crebo’s book.
The Kelowna woman and her family are responsible for two schools in rural Cambodia that are helping women and children make better lives for themselves.
“People often ask, ‘What can I do? I’m just one person,'” says Crebo. “But this shows, one family can do a lot.”
In Crebo’s case that was being the driving force behind first building a small school in northern Cambodia that teaches women to sew, and then a larger school in the southern part of the country for young children that provides them with a basic education.
The sewing school was built 4 1/2 years ago in a remote, rural and desperately poor part of northern Cambodia.
Crebo says the primary industry there is growing rice and children often do not get to go to school because they have to help in farming. But living off the land in such remote and poor areas can be very hard, saying she saw children scavenging in ditches looking for food.
Crebo, who now runs the international education program at Kelowna’s Aberdeen Hall school, moved to Cambodia for six months six years ago with her own two young children to help a volunteer group that was working to stop child sex trafficking and provide food.
While there, she saw immense poverty and wanted to do something more to help.
She says she came up with the idea of the sewing school while living in Cambodia and having met the women in the villages where the aid group worked.
https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/help-f ... -cambodia/
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