Ray Shackelford is making a world of difference Cambodia, and other developing countries; and is offering others the chance to help.
(Nehalem, Oregon) – Ray Shackelford, owner of Nehalem Bay Winery and Depoe Bay Winery, is expanding his humanitarian efforts in a downtrodden region of Cambodia.
In recent years, his money and actual manpower helped build two schools and a sewing industry that helps create an economy for two towns. Now, in the Cambodian village of Trung Treung – about 90 miles southwest of Phenom Pen, the orphanage that began in 2007 has expanded from one building to three, allowing for more babies to be rescued.
Shackelford’s Anyway Foundation has received non profit 501(c)(3) tax status so any donations are tax deductible. Follow this link to see the IRS Acceptance letter.
The first building at the orphanage was remodeled last year, and a second and third building have now been added. The capacity has now been expanded to 20 – which could be reached sometime this year.
The first building went from a dirt floor to a solid floor last year, and a western-style bathroom was added for increased hygiene. There are better living quarters for the nannies. A new building is needed at the Trung Treung Orphange as a residence for head nanny and her husband the groundskeeper; including a guest house for visiting workers and volunteers. The facility now has a deep well which furnishes clean water.
“That’s one reason the babies are so healthy,” Shackelford.
Other successes of the orphanage include; 27 babies being adopted, 1 to Spain, 4 to France and 22 to Italy. Now we only have 3 little babies on formula, so the costs are down. They have gone from an average cost of $158 a month to $98 a month.
Heartbreaking stories still loom, but they soon turn to successes. Such as the sickly infant found abandoned under a rubber tree in recent months, apparently without food for maybe days. Or the other little one who had lived on only water after the grandmother became too sick to move and take care of her.
“She probably would’ve been dead soon,” Shackelford said. “For eight days, she’d had nothing but a rag to suck on and water. The father had died of AIDS, and the mother left the child with the grandmother, who could not care for her.”
The grandmother died shortly after. But both babies were nursed back to health and later adopted out, making a happy ending.
The well water is pumped to a tower. The water is then run through several filters to clean it up, and then boiled before use in the formula. There is now even some electricity in the facility via generator, which among other important aspects, allows the nannies to watch movies during their off hours. We now want to install another solar panel to power the lights 24 hours a day so there will be less gas and diesel consumed and we can go even further toward a more "Green Environment."
Although they will be able to host up to 20 babies, more space may become available if needed.
Shackelford is hoping to coax more donations from the outside world now that the Anyway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. Each child costs approximately $98 a month instead of the $158 per month when they were all on formula.
Please contribute what you can today!
100% of all donations go directly to the villagers. No administration fees!
Ray started working on and supporting these 7 years ago in the village of Chheneng, Cambodia and wants to give you the same opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of these families.
A donation receipt will be returned immediately.
See the following link to learn more!
The bags run $15 to $25 and are available at the Winery. All proceeds go to the villagers.
Bags make perfect shopping bags, purses or carry all items for travel. They are heavy duty and made to last for years.
Help support the village school! Money is urgently needed to buy school supplies, books, upgrade the facilities and build toilets.
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