Maybe I should have put “need” in quotation marks, because we will definitely survive without these three things. However. They sure will help us get where we’re wanting to go (literally and figuratively).
In order of cost:
1.) A scanner. This purchase is primarily for Livi, our 14-year-old. She is a budding artist (and has filled up several sketch books since we’ve been here) and would love to use her skills to help us earn money for things like eating and plane tickets to visit America every now and again. Her dad had this great idea that she could sketch things, scan them, then color them & add phrases (or whatever) in Photoshop. Then we could get them printed as cards and sell them (somehow) to friends & supporters in the States. We have lots of other ideas, but this is where we’ll start.
The scanner is $115. Scanner has been paid for!!
2.) A moto. Getting around in Cambodia isn’t difficult. But sometimes it’s a little inconvenient. Among the 5 of us, we own 3 bikes (1 we bought, 2 were given to us). We take a tuk-tuk to school ($2 each way) and call our favorite driver when we need to go somewhere (and he’s available). But Gabe goes a lot of places by himself and doesn’t like to go by tuk-tuk if it’s just him. He rides his bike most places, but sometimes it’s a 45-minute ride, and I hate for him to ride it at night. So. We rented a moto for $70 this month, and we are loving it. We would like to buy one (I might get one in the future but, for now, I’m cool with not trying to drive in this craziness.).
A used moto in good condition is $750. A huge thanks to Gabe’s brother, Tug, and his wife, Angie for starting a GoFundMe campaign for Gabe’s moto. They raised enough for us to get a nicer moto, helmets, moto license, gas for a few months, and some to spare. Woohoo!!!
3.) Language school. I’ve blogged about this here and here. Our school has been one of the biggest surprise gifts to us since we’ve been here. We didn’t know it existed before we came, and we can’t imagine life in Cambodia without it. We are learning so well and so quickly and altogether as a family. We can’t put a price tag on it. (except there’s a price tag on it) It’s money above and beyond what we’ve been trying to earn for our monthly living expenses so, if we’re to continue (which we’d like to do for a year), we need your help. Modules 1 & 2 are paid for, and we’ll start Module 3 in May.
School for 5 is $1500 for each 5-week module. There are 8 modules. EDIT: We need
$940 $870 $600 $550 $528 more for Module 3. PAID IN FULL!! THANK YOU!!
We would LOVE for you to consider a one-time donation for one of these things. (Or you can join our monthly support team! Yay!) There are two ways to give.
1.) Through IOM, our servicing agency. You get a tax deduction. We pay an 8% fee (which isn’t bad). We can’t use this $ for the scanner or moto, but we can get reimbursed for school. (it all works out in the end, though, if you prefer this route) Click here for that option.
2.) Directly to our PayPal account. No tax deduction for this one, but we have direct access to the $ and can use our PayPal card to buy the scanner or withdraw money from the ATM for a moto & school. (Just go to PayPal.com, click “send $ to family or friends” and use our PayPal email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the memo, jot a note about what the money’s for.)
We will update you as the money comes in! Even the smallest gifts are so appreciated! Thanks so, so much, friends!!