The Students for Humanity Review

October 5, 2017

“Can I have a dollar?” This is how Jamie Amelio – the founder of the Caring for Cambodia (CFC) – was approached by a skinny 8-year-old girl while she was visiting the magnificent Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. J. Amelio had traveled there as a tourist, with the intention of having a great time, but she could not help noticing how different that question was compared to the other numerous approaches received from local peddlers that same day; therefore, her reaction was to ask the little girl – Sri Lan – what she needed the dollar for. The girl answered in perfect English that she needed the dollar to go to school, and it was in that moment that J. Amelio understood that Sri Lan “was not asking [her] for a dollar, [but] she was asking [her] for hope.” (J. Amelio)

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