About the author
The one woman founder, Ana Margarida Alberty, 60 years old, retired teacher, has devoted her life to teaching languages. She fell in love with volunteering in Cambodia when she visited for the first time in 2012. Since then she has been to Cambodia nine times, for two months at a time. She is unstobabble in her determination to start new projects, help build schools, teach English, Sewing and Arts while traveling miles in a makeshift school tuk-tuk. She stops in many different villages to distribute clothes, books and spread joy. Last February, she decided to give the children of Wat Svay an opportunity to learn year round. She founded the BUTTERFLY ART STUDIO, a project she is very dedicated to and proud of.
In December 2016, Margarida is focusing on a new project for her 10th mission to Cambodia, a mobile library filled with children's books. Cambodian children are eager to learn and are a pleasure to teach. Their smiles are what motivates and inspires her and volunteering has been a highly rewarding experience. However, she is aware that in order to keep the dream alive she needs a lot of help to continue with this very important mission. Sponsors for all Butterfly children are necesssary as well as volunteers whose help is precious too.
Budget and due dates
Butterfly Art Studio needs the support of anyone and everyone, who supports and believes in this important cause. Below are a list of the main areas of concern that are necessary in guaranteeing the continuation of this recent undertaking.
1)- Rental of a property that includes a large playground area, a house with a sewing room, outside classroom, learning areas, reading and play corners.
2 ) - Monthly salaries for teachers who teach classes daily including weekends. There are two English teachers, a sewing teacher, an art teacher, a traditional dance teacher, a caretaker and a general manager.
3)- Educational materials and school supplies: White board and markers, English textbooks, for all the children with 3 different levels, notebooks, pencils, maps, posters, flashcards, paint, brushes, canvas, drawing paper, cardboard, glue, scissors, A4 paper, cds, etc.
4 ) - Material for the sewing room: fabric, ribbons, lace, buttons, zippers, thread, needles, etc.
5) Sewing machines and maintenance
6) - Fruit and clean drinking water for all the children
7)- Personal Hygiene: Shampoo, lice treatment and prevention, combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nail clippers, sponges, towels and soap.
8)- First aid kit and emergency visits to doctors and/or dentists
9)- Clothes, shoes, pencil cases and school bags
10) - Butterfly Art Studio uniform consisting of a T-shirt with the logo and a school bag
11)- Laptops and a printer to improve the quality of the lessons given
12)- Costumes and props for Cambodian Traditional Dance Classes and appropriate Linoleum floor
13) - Assistance given to grandparents who live alone with their grandchildren and take care of them without having jobs and decent living conditions.
They consistently need contributions for: rice, house repairs, clothes and health care
14)- Sanitary Conditions: Information about health and safety in regards to waste disposal and hygiene within the home.
15)- Library with story books for the reading corner at Butterfly Art Studio and for the mobile library (project to be implemented soon)
16)- Toys and games for the Play Corner ( Children in Cambodia do not have any toys ...)
17)- Costs with the commission of 5% of PPL + VAT.
All of the above are daily needs and therefore are in constant demand. The fundraising campaign will cover only a part of these ongoing expenses but the hope is to make the project viable and self-sustainable. There's a long way to go but with the your help the distance is shorter. If you are interested in volunteering and lending a helping hand, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds will be properly documented on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Butterfly-ART-Studio-Cambodia-132193047139987/ or also on this page:
Thank you very much!