We first met our sponsor child, Nong Phearom, when we visited ACO in 2010 and he had just arrived after spending the first 4 years of his life living and working in the rubbish dump - we spotted he sitting in a corner of classroom and his look of pain and emptiness nearly broke our hearts and brought tears to our eyes, hence we wanted to do something to help.
Once we started sponsoring her we were able to directly chat to her via email (with translation from ACO staff) and were able to build a strong and very personal connection of friendship and love.
In June this year we returned to Cambodia to visit Phearom. To see his face upon arrival once again brought tears to our eyes, not from sadness this time, but from happiness as he was a totally different boy with bright and smiling face and glowing from a year of good food and caring whilst living at Angkor Charity Org. He ran to us and there were lots of hugs.............................. we met all his friends and sat in his school. Seeing his face of pride having us watch him during those classes was one of the most priceless experiences of my life.
I left him feeling that I'm not really giving him that much, for what he is giving me in return. It may seem a lot of money to pay for international child sponsorship compared to the big worldwide organizations, but with ACO you know exactly what is happening with every cent of your money you send and you also benefit from becoming part of the big ACO family, which doesn't have a price-tag on that feeling."
- Myanmar students & instructor