Five years ago Lee Anderson went to Cambodia to see if she could be of assistance. She and her husband Rob had reached a point in her life, with the kids grown, where they felt like they could afford to help out the less fortunate. As of last week, she is a co-author of a Best Selling Book on Amazon, when 'Unsung Heroes Cambodia' ranked #3 in its category.
For a not-for-profit book to become a Best Seller is a real acheivement. It testifies to how stunning visually the large format A4 book is, filled with dynamic design and beautiful photography of Cambodia. Yet it is the content that has proven so popular that has resulted in certain stories being translated into other languages and shared around the world.
There are some 65 stories about volunteers that provide not only inspiration but education. What happened in Cambodia that created the need for some many people to come and help. What has happened in the 25 years since the borders have been open to the world. How the Khmer people have rebuilt their country and society with the assistence of foreigners, and what remains to be done.
While there are over 3,000 Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) in Cambodia today, this book singles out exceptional ones working across the boards. From basic human needs of food, water, shelter to healthcare and education as well as sustainable business, human rights, protecting the environment and encouraging the arts and culture.
Not only does the book raise awareness about what is needed to rebuild a country from virtually nothing but it reveals how volunteers have helped. Through sharing their experiences about what didn't work, potential volunteers can learn how to same themselves some heartache.
* How to tell a good NGO from a scam
* Why orphanages are dangerous
* Why giving money to begging children makes their lives worse instead of better
'UNSUNG HEROES CAMBODIA' was created to celebrate those volunteers that have contributed selflessly. It also raises funds to help the 40+ projects featured to continue to do their important work.
"It is wonderful synergy that has happened for this book to also be a unique fundraising medium for those wanting to go to Cambodia," said Anderson. "Several groups have raised between $2,000 - $5,000 and we are overjoyed that we could be part of that success."
A companion book has been created for those wanting to read the book while travelling on their smart phones and tablets. 'How to Help in Cambodia: an eBook Guide for Volunteers, Travellers and Donors' contains all the inspiration as well as contacts to use for those wanting to help while travelling (but none of the images). It is available on Kindle.
Purchase the Not For Profit book 'Unsung Heroes Cambodia' here: http://www.amazon.com/
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For more information, please visit their website www.unsungheroes.net.au
About Shawna Hartley
After earning a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Shawna has worked as a writer, art gallery owner, interior designer and business broker. Yet the time invested as a volunteer has provided the greatest rewards in her life. Recently, she had the pleasure of volunteering as a researcher on Bag It - an award winning environmental documentary, teaching English to a Burundi refugee and co-authoring a book about volunteers entitled ‘Unsung Heroes Cambodia: People and Projects Making a Difference.’