An estimated 66 million primary school children go to class hungry across the developing world, negatively impacting their ability to learn. In Cambodia, one in three children will not even finish primary school, meaning most face a life without prospects, opportunities or hope.
Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF), which was founded in 2006, focuses on the most disadvantaged children, from the slums of the capital Phnom Penh, who have never gone to school or have had to drop out in order to work, most often, as trash collectors. We provide them with a quality education and a real future, while working closely with their communities to lift entire families out of poverty. To ensure our students can keep up with the intense curriculum, which catches them up on the lessons they have missed before they are integrated into government-run schools, we provide them with a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day. ISF is taking part in #GivingTuesday for the first time this year with the campaign ‘Donate Your Plate’. Using the power of social media to spread the word and tapping into the trend for photographing and posting pictures of food, we hope to raise US $6,800 – enough to feed 40 of our new catch-up students for a year. To achieve this target, we need 340 people to donate just US$20, an amount we believe many people are willing and able to give. To make the campaign as much about people as food, we are also encouraging donors to post an #UNselfie of themselves and the plate they donated online. If you’d like to help ISF this #GivingTuesday, you can: Donate on our campaign page, share the campaign page with your network and spread the word on social media using the #DonateYourPlate and #GivingTuesday hashtags and mentioning ISF (Instagram: @isfcambodia; Facebook: @isf.cambodia).