Financial Background:

In 2010, a $10,000 grant from the Douglas A Campbell Foundation (DACF) provided me with the ability to travel to Nepal and work/live at the Children's Peace Home.  When my visa expired, DACF suggested I travel to Cambodia to visit the Wat Opot Children's Community (WOCC).  Needless to say, I fell in love with the place as many before me have done, but unlike most volunteers, I was in a position to stay.

In January, 2011 I was again financially supported by DACF, but this time as a monthly $500 stipend.  The grant money I had left over from 2010 (almost $3,000), was given to Wat Opot and used to convert the screened in porch on the volunteer dorm into 2 separate bedrooms, so I would have a private place to settle into.  It was in my new bedroom that I was able to reflect upon my journey and to realize that I had finally found what I didn't know I had been searching for. 

In 2012, 2013 and 2014, DACF funded me for 6 months each year and the rest of the year I was on my own financially. Through donations from family, friends and even people I do not know, my stay was funded each year.  

As of 2015, I have completely lived off the generosity of individuals, and this has been a most humbling experience for me.  From a working lifestyle that included flying on private planes and staying at 5 Star hotels, my life has taken the ultimate turn-around.

Sponsor a child programs abound; this is more like a 'Sponsor a Child at Heart' program.  By sponsoring me; you are directly supporting my work and continued stay at WOCC. The cost of living in Cambodia is very low and a mere $150 a month allows me the ability to spend time in the city, where I can buy 'Western food', relax in a coffee shop, purchase needed supplies, and more importantly; a couple days off a month allows me the ability to relax and come back to WOCC recharged.  

At Wat Opot, I live in the girls dorm and officially I am a Program/Volunteer Coordinator, but beyond that I am a Teacher,  Financial Assistant, Emergency Medic, etc.  It's not the titles I am here for though, everything I do at Wat Opot is for the kids in my care.

In the past, I have worked as a Professional Nanny as well as an Executive Assistant.  Jobs I both enjoyed.  At WOCC, I have a healthy sustainable mix of administrative tasks and child interaction - something that keeps me balanced and challenged.

To financially support my work in Cambodia by giving a one time donation or for ongoing monthly support, donations can be given by:

  • cash or check, made out to my mother, Carolyn Lies can be sent to - 427 South 2nd, Colwich, KS 67030, USA 
  • or by clicking on the following 'Donate' button

  • To make a US tax deductible donation through Wat Opot Children's Fund, a 501(c)(3) created to specifically to support Wat Opot, please click here.  Please specify whether you would like the funds to support me or the community.