A visit by two modest heroes from the USA

A visit from two modest heroes from the USA

In 2008 the school received an unexpected and very welcome contact from an American couple from Allentown, Pennsylvania. The couple actually grew up in Uganda and Tanzania during the 1970s, and they had attended schools quite similar to Savong’s School. Dilshad and Amir had seen Savong’s School on our website and simply connected with the objectives of the school. They knew what a huge difference their schools had made in their own lives. “We’d like to give something back,” they told us, “we’d like to build a library.”
Five years later I took this photo of Dilshad, talking with head teacher Sovannarith outside the library she and her husband built. That building, is the hub of the school – providing reading space, computer teaching space, office space and noticeboard space for the students results.

PAYPAL – donations from Singapore no longer possible

Here’s something we learned today. Regular supporters of Savong’s project residing in Singapore are now unable to send donations via PayPal. This is due to a law change. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said  that offering such a payment service without any underlying goods or services transacted requires a remittance licence, which PayPal does not have.  Singaporean will still be able to support locally registered charities via PayPal.

This does not affect donors and supporters from most other nations. An alternative for Singapore supporters is to wire money to the Cambodian Rural Schools Trust in New Zealand, or to the Savong Foundation in the USA. Both are registered charities.Image