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Help us raise 13,500€ for children in South-East Asia (and finish Ironman France)

28 November 2012

Cheering crowd

Enfants du Mékong supporters at the “20km de Paris” race in 2012. That’s were Antoine and I noticed their involvement in sports!

Hello all, I would like to present you a project that we have with a friend: that of competing at Ironman France in June 2013 and – more importantly – raising funds for an NGO called Enfants du Mékong (Children of Mekong). Enfants du Mékong is a French NGO that focuses on helping the youth in South-East Asia, mostly by allowing people to sponsor a child’s education, but also by supporting local development projects like building schools (see map below in this post).

We will participate in the financing of a pre-school in Bou Sra (Cambodgia) which costs 13,500€ to run for 3 years. The more we collect, the easier it will be for Enfants du Mékong to set up the school there… I’d like you to help us achieve our funding goal!

Antoine (right) and I (left) on the bike, before a training ride

It’s a personal challenge that goes far beyond what we’ve ever done sports-wise, but it’s also the nothing-is-impossible-type of challenge that make you grow as a human being. In order to do good not only to ourselves, but also to others, we tied to a social cause.

We’ve decided to partner up with Enfants du Mékong and to try to raise as much money as possible to finance the construction of a school in Bou Sra, in Cambodgia (13,500€) (first, we wanted to do it with the Ironman Foundation, but they only set up partnerships in the U.S. so we decided to go for a local, French NGO). Enfants du Mékong has a fundraising program called Défi du Mékong (Mekong Challenge) which allows amateur athletes to raise funds around a sporting event.

About the project

Mondulkiri map

Click to find out more about the Mondulkiri region

We will be participating in the financing of one particular project: the installation of a school in Bu Sra, on the border to Vietnam. Bu Sra is a small village situated in the province of Mondolkiri, and the people who live there are called the Phnongs. The Phnong tribe has long been marginalized and, even if the economic situation is improving at the moment, there is still a lack of resources when it comes to education.

bou sra waterfalls

The famous Bou Sra waterfalls

Not only do corruption and sporadical teaching hinder progress in the kids’ education, but most of the classes also happen to be in Khmer, a language that the Phnong kids don’t speak well, which is a supplementary obstacle to their education. Enfants du Mékong would like to set-up a school for the kids of Bou Sra, teaching them Khmer language and providing them the necessary tools to walk through life. To do that, they need 13,500€…

  • To get access to an existing building in Bou Sra, which is only being used in the afternoons, and could host classes in the mornings
  • To pay the salaries of a teacher and a cook for the next 3 years, and to purchase the food necessary to provide the kids a healthy breakfast over the same period
  • Eventually set up one of the many sponsorship programs (for which Enfants du Mékong is famous for) by which individuals finance a kid’s education and life over a long period of time
The building in which the school could be set up, and classes could start in Octorber 2013

The building in which the school could be set up, and classes could start in Octorber 2013

It’s easy to donate!

All you need to do is to go to our fundraising page on Alvarum and to donate whatever amount you like. You’ll see that we’re at the very beginning of our fundraising effort, but as time goes I’m sure you’ll help ud grow the pie! On our side, we’ll also give money and, of course, start training. Thank you!

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Thank you for your contribution!!!

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