We began our second path of ending child hunger and providing disaster relief for children in natural disasters due to an unforeseen incident in July 2008.
In 2008, due to geopolitical issues and the global financial crisis, oil prices soared to $150 a barrel, hurting developing countries the most. As a result, fertilizers and other oil-based products increased in developing countries, including the cost of rice. Rice increased from $300 to nearly $1,000 a metric ton. Thus, families in our schools could not purchase rice and feed their children. Their children were starving.
Chase Sizemore, our Board of Trustee member, flew to Cambodia to deliver an emergency shipment of food, textbooks, school supplies, clothing, and other supplies for the children at Prey Phghues Primary School in rural Cambodia. However, during the Cambodian national elections and because of a dispute between Cambodia and Thailand, Chase diverted his trip due to security concerns and laid over in Ho Chi Minh City (“HCMC”).
While in HCMC, Chase read an article in the VietNam News newspaper. The article described the tragic death of three young boys, aged 11, 12, and 14, who stepped on an American war-era landmine and died in Quang Tri Province nearly 40 years after the war.
After reading the article, Chase contacted the VietNam Newspaper, which connected him to the VietNam Department of Foreign Affairs. With the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Chase began to search for the parents of the boys who died and build a memorial primary school to honor the boys. Unfortunately, while Chase found the parents in the jungles of Quang-Tri Provence, we could not build a school to honor the boys. We did, however, learn practical field lessons that taught us about the particular need to end child hunger and children’s unique needs during natural disasters.
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