It’s high time I bring you an update about my work to support Cambodian Children’s Destiny. As you may recall, last year when my Angkor Wat project came out I launched a fundraiser to raise money for the NGO school. Between the online fundraiser and additional in-person donations, I was able to raise about $1,500. This was enough money to construct walls for two classrooms and still have some left over for other needed supplies!

I also donated several gently used laptops for use at the school. These machines were old and clunky by our standards… but a precious thing for these Cambodians. It took a lot of love (and muscle) to lug those all the way around the world. But airport security didn’t bat an eye. I was prepared for all sorts of, “Why are you traveling with so many laptops?” questions. Luckily, it was no problem!

To give you a better sense of everything I’m talking about, here are a few photos from my visit to the school this past October…

Sokhun, the monk who started the school, sent several photos to show the progress.

It’s a real privilege that I could help the school in this way. All of you who helped me realize this goal can feel a sense of pride in knowing that your dollars went to directly support a school in rural Cambodia. This was a real, on the ground fundraising project. It makes a difference.

But now I’ve decided to take things a step further. I’m going to visit the school again. But this time, I’m going as a volunteer teacher and will stay at the school for an extended time. It will be a real adventure to stay in rural Cambodia.  And I’m not at all sure what it’s going to be like. I’m going with an attitude of giving and compassion in order to support a worthy cause. I’m opening my heart and my mind to the experience, no matter what it is.

It’s not within anyone’s power to save the world, but it is within your power to add whatever you can with a loving and caring and peaceful heart.

Jack Kornfield

I will try to keep you posted as best I can. The @lukekurtis Instagram is the best place to get quick, real-time updates, as I’m sure I’ll be posting there while I am away. I do hope you’ll join me virtually! The support will be of more help than you realize. I leave very soon, so expect to see updates from Cambodia in late May!