My name is Nele, I am from Germany and I am 19 years old.
When I travelled to Cambodia last year with my boyfriend, of course we visited Siem Reap. One evening we were walking through the streets of Siem Reap that were filled up with tourists and a girl our age was working at Project Y Frozen Yogurt store and started speaking to us.
She was very nice and explained a lot about CRST and showed us the store from the inside. We were impressed when we saw and heard what people our age are able to organise!! Throughout the conversation the girl also told us about Project G and I loved the idea of this project. I 'bought-in-kind' one of the hygiene sets, but couldn’t stop thinking about this great organization and moreover those great young people helping their community in such a direct way.
I told some friends and family via Facebook and emails about the project and they were as enthusiastic as me. So the next day they told me to donate on behalf of them!!! I realised that it was very easy to get a few people motivated just via the internet to donate for the project, so I thought it should be even easier to motivate people in person!!
When I came back to Germany I went to my old school, where I graduated last year. There is a working-group called 'Group for Development Cooperation' lead by a very committed teacher I knew from my time at the school. In a little presentation, that I had created with the help of Sinoun, the General Manager of Project G, I told them about Project G and they immediately offered to donate at the next yearly summer festival of our school.
After that festival I visited them again and they proudly told me that they had collected 726€ ($1,150 AUD, $800 USD) for CRST by selling hand-made items, offering fun workshops and asking the visitors for donations. I was overwhelmed as I would never have expected such an amount and I am very happy to know that the money goes to such an outstanding organisation like CRST!