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A Homecoming Trip To Cambodia

Personal Reflections

By the time you read this post,  I’ll be in Cambodia.   For those of you who have been following my blogging since 2004, you know why Cambodia is in my heart!   For those of you who are new, let me share why.

The photo above is of my children, Harry and Sara, who were both adopted from Cambodia.    When my husband and I were in Cambodia in 2000 to bring home Harry, our infant son, we got a blessing from a monk.   We promised the monk that we would hold Cambodia in our hearts and travel back with our children to their birth country when they were old enough to appreciate it.  That time is this week!

We not only kept that promise, but our family went on to support various projects in Cambodia through my board membership on the Sharing Foundation and through the connections I made through my first blog, Cambodia4kids.  I united my passion for social media and nonprofits, training, fundraising with Cambodia.

  • I raised money through my blog and later on Twitter to send a young women, Leng Sopharoth to college from 2006-2010.   I met Leng in 2007 and recorded this interview.  Leng graduated from college and is married.   My children will meet her for the first time.
  • I raised money to help sponsor the first Cambodian Bloggers conference and raised a lot of the money via Twitter as Shel Israel noted in his book, Twitterville.    I also used Twitter to get 300 t-shirts donated to bring over for the conference.   I took photos of my daughter wearing the t-shirts with thank you notes for each of the donors.
  • In 2007, I won the Yahoo for Good Contest, winning $50,000 for the Sharing Foundation.  A year later, I competed in the Case Foundation’s America’s Giving Contest, coming in first place.  I got recognition from BusinessWeek and the story was shared in this post.
  • For the past two years,  my family and I have been supporting a second college student, Keo Savon, and we will meet her as well as tour other Sharing Foundation projects.
  • I will also meet the bloggers who have become my friends over the years and do a little bit of geeking out – perhaps learning some tips and techniques from them.
  • The photo, by the way, was taken in 2006 and was the winner of the Creative Commons Photo Swag Contest in 2006 and my kids plays an important role in different fundraising videos I created for the various campaigns to support children in Cambodia.

I was going to to take a complete sabbatical offline, but my next book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit” – co-authored with KD Paine is due out in 6-8 weeks.    The marketing plan needs attention and it is important because my share of the royalties are going straight back to Cambodia to support the Sharing Foundation!  My first book, The Networked Nonprofit, helped send a few kids college – I want the next book to help me keep that promise to the monk.

So, expect light blogging over the next week or so.   I will share a report about the projects in Cambodia.   If you want to follow my trip, you can subscribe to my public updates on Facebook


16 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Beth – have a wonderful, wonderful trip, and we will keep you, your kids, and Cambodia in *our* hearts!

  2. John Freund says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this and may you continue to be blest and a a blessing to others!

  3. Richard Recknagel says:

    Hope you are having a great time. Thanks for all you do.

  4. Welcome back to Cambodia, Beth!
    Sorry for losing blog-contact for a long time. I was pleasantly surprised at how much you have done with your work and your foundation here in Cambodia. Your kids have grown a lot now and I hope you all have a great time here.

  5. Enjoy your working vacation trip. Although I knew most of what you said in this post it was so well curated that I enjoyed the chronological summary.

    I know you are so proud of your kids and this trip has got to mean so much to your whole family. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  6. Indrajit Bose says:

    Great to have persons like you with big heart and sensitive approach. I am from SOS Children’s Village International and would like to keep in touch. Lets us build a long defined partnership for the children in need of care and protection.

  7. I have been following your blog for nearly a year and somehow missed the Cambodia/international adoption connection. Have a great time! It appears Harry and Sara will be old enough for this trip to have an impact and be memorable. How wonderful! Our three year-old was a bit too young to remember much from our trip to China to meet her sister but we are saving our frequent flyer miles for a return to their provinces in the next year or so. (They are now 8 and 10.) Thanks for all you are doing for those in need. Thanks too for what you have given to all fellow “nonprofters”.

  8. Rosina Teye says:

    also very happy that you used such innovative ways to raise fund. i have establish an NGO in my country Ghana. my organization is a grass root and there find it difficult to get funds. i want you to help me build a blog and also how to use my blog to get some donation.

  9. Linda says:

    I found your blog by searching “effective non-profit blog.” I do a little blogging for one of the non-profits we serve as a Marketing agency. I certainly didn’t expect to see a blog post about my favorite place on earth: CAMBODIA!! In fact, my own personal blog is titled, “I left my heart in Cambodia.” Praying you have a beautiful trip!

  10. Jennifer Kezaabu says:

    Dear Beth, thanks for the big heart and taking care of those wonderful children. May God bless the works of your hands. Be blessed. Jenny from Kampala.

  11. Thoya Alphaeus says:

    Hi Beth,thanks you for your support to the children, your are wonderful mother may God bless you.Thoya from Malindi Kenya.

  12. Claire says:

    Keep it up. GOD has bless you so keep doing what HE has put in your heart to do. Make the LORD your delight and HE will give you your heart desires pslm 37:4. Claire from Haiti.

  13. Hello Beth, A co-worker forwarded me this post. Thank you for all the work you are doing for young people in Cambodia! I imagine your trip is already quite full, but in case there is space you might want to visit some of Cambodian Living Arts’ music and dance classes in Phnom Pneh or Siem Reap.

  14. Hi again Beth. I do’t know whether you will have time or are aware of the work of Scott Neeson of the Cambodian Children’s Fund, but if you get a chance take a look at what he is doing for the children living on the garbage dump at Steung Meanchey. Fantastic work!

  15. Beth Kanter says:

    Bruce: We drove past Stueng Meanchey and wanted to see it, but our driver did not know what we were talking about. What was really funny is that our cab driver to the airport helped form the NGO “A Better Day in Cambodia” that also works with kids in Cambodia. He co-founded with the official photographer for the Chicago bulls – and the NGO has been doing work for the past ten years or so.

  16. Beth Kanter says:

    Michelle: I didn’t make it to Cambodian Living Arts – but I know Arn Chond Pon’s work and have been a donor to the organization. They’re amazing.

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