~Graced with Orange
When Jamie Amelio visited Cambodia for the first time in January 2003, she discovered a world still devastated by these events. The families that survived the genocide were still struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Poverty was rampant; homes were barely standing; toilets and drinking water were non-existent. And the schools were hardly functioning with a lack of teachers, supplies, and facilities. Children often dropped out of school to help support their families. After all, what kind of future could an education in Cambodia bring anyway? The situation seemed hopeless to many, but not to Jamie. She responded by founding Caring for Cambodia (CFC), a nonprofit organization that has built sixteen schools in Cambodia, educating 6,400 students. They’ve created teacher training programs, provided meals through their Food for Thought program, given away thousands of bicycles and hygiene kits, built water wells, water filtration systems, homes, libraries, and more. In short, many children in Cambodia now have a bright future thanks to CFC.
Graced with Orange is the story of CFC’s birth and growth through the past ten years, as well as Amelio’s personal story. A Texas native, she and her family lived in Singapore for ten years, and it was during this period when Amelio first made that fateful trip to Cambodia and subsequently built CFC from the ground up. She shares how these efforts saved her oldest son’s life when he was mired in alcoholism and how two Cambodian girls joined the Amelio family. And she makes the significant point that CFC works through the efforts of thousands of volunteers who have “become orange” -- Amelio’s term to describe people whose “inner light magically turn[s] this brilliant hue when they walk into our schoolyards or classrooms” in Cambodia and become committed members of CFC.
It’s nearly impossible to read Graced with Orange without feeling a strong pull to make a difference in the lives of those who have so little. Amelio’s story shows that seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome when people share the same dream and get personally involved to create change. CFC has changed not only the lives of the people of Cambodia, but also the lives of those who have experienced firsthand the experience of living for others.
Learn more about Caring for Cambodia at http://www.caringforcambodia.org/.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Caring for Cambodia.
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