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We Did It!

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey Everyone!

So by the title, you might have surmised as to what I could be talking about but I will let this email I received tell the rest of the story:

Hi Ryan,

I am happy to say that your project has indeed been fully funded. We are currently processing the funds and they will be sent out to you in the next few days. Keep in touch with Carol Allbaugh about the receipt of these funds.

Good luck with the project and have a great day!

John

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John Hrivnak

Program Specialist IAP/EMA, Office of Private Sector Initiatives

Peace Corps

As you can tell, we did it! We raised all of the money necessary for the project! I am astonished and happily surprised that we were able to do this all so quickly and I am sure my school is even more grateful to everyone who did contribute in one way or another. All I can really say is “wow” and thank you everyone.

Ok so from here where do we go? I think there are still people who would have liked to donate but no longer can to my project specifically. To that question I have a few different options. First off, the Peace Corps Cambodia program donated around $500 initially to the project, money that came from the Cambodia Country Fund. So if you or someone you know is still interested in donating, that is one path that is close to donating and still receiving the tax deduction. Funds donated to the Country fund would be applied towards future Peace Corps projects in Cambodia, so it’s still for a good cause and in a lot of ways, still supporting my project here.

The second option for people still interested in donating is to support the other Peace Corps Cambodia project currently in need of funds. I am quite close with the couple who are trying to raise funds for a University Preparation Program. Their names are Nate and Jen, and the past two Thanksgiving Days the couple has welcomed all of the volunteers in the southern portion of the country into their home to celebrate. They are also good people and been quite fun to have with my group of volunteers. Again, donations would be tax deductible.

The third option for people looking to donate is to write a donation check and have it sent to my mother, Wendy. This option is for people who aren’t necessarily looking for a tax deduction but want to specifically support me and my project in case there is a need for additional funds. I cannot request more money than I have already raised for the project. Also sometime soon, my counterpart is going to start a small school for poor local children at her house and I could indirectly apply those funds to her needs for that project. However, these choices are not tax deductible.

Next step for me is to open a bank account with my counterpart Siphen so that the money can be transferred and we can begin to do the work. I will also be notifying the school that they can start accumulating the materials that they need so that the project can be successful and the work can start. I will, of course, be taking photographs of the work being done as it progresses for everyone to keep a close watch on.

Thank you again everybody for your hard work and dedication, and towards seeing this vision with me and helping me get it done. Now is the fun part for me so thank you all! Miss y’all!

– Ryan

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Update and Donate time!

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello Everybody,

First off I wanted to thank people who have donated to my project. With less than two weeks under our belt, we have been able to raise close to half of the amount necessary. I am pumped! With that said, I think it gets harder from here because donations need to come from outside of my closest circle of influence and contact.I guess what that means is I really need everyone’s help in talking about the project with friends and coworkers and urging them to donate. Small amounts go a long way, I promise.

So now I am motivated to give another “by the numbers” break down for how relative money can be in different parts of the world.

Peace Corps Monthly “Allowance” – $169
Bottle of Water (cold) – 12 cents
Can of Beer – 50 cents
Bike Repair (new tire, new tube, fixed rim, new chain, brake adjustment) – $7.50
Bowl of Noodles, fried – 75 cents
Bus ride to Phnom Penh – $2.50
Bunch of Bananas – 50 cents
One Night at a Guest House (fan) – $5
Baguette – 12 cents
Razor (Mach 3) – $8
Box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese – $2.75

It is very possible to get by here on less than what I make, but that means missing out on things that make it all worthwhile and help keep us volunteers sane. Speaking of sanity, I still have a fair amount of time left here but will all of the projects, big and small, I want to get done it has been tough to keep in good shape about it and not let it all loom too much over my everyday life. I really don’t want to leave here and feel like I accomplished very little, so those thoughts tend to weigh heavy on my mind frequently these days.

My thanksgiving went down great again, but it was harder being away from family the second time around then the first. The novelty had really worn off. I have posted pictures of the holiday in my Peace Corps Album Two if you care to peruse.

I hope everyone is still doing well. As always I am thinking of everyone constantly. Please take a little extra time to spread the word about my project, and I have created a flyer for people to take to their workplaces for the breakroom area or wherever people gather, to help do so. Print it out and share a couple! I MISS EVERYONE!

PCV Ryan Young

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