This is the eighth year of the HIRO’s 4 HOPE bike ride and each year the number of cyclists grows and the money raised increases. Over the first two years, the bike ride resulted in the installation of water tanks at the Centre, at the beginning of a period of prolonged drought, then in the second year the purchase of a much needed vehicle and two motos to enable our staff to do essential field trips to visit children and their families. These gifts continue to contribute to our work today.
One of our principal objectives as a Foundation is to help poor and vulnerable children in Battambang to receive an education which will help them, and their families, to support themselves in the future. In 2015 the efforts of the riders, together with the generous support of donors, enabled us to open three pre–school classes for over fifty 3 to 5 year old children. But it is not all about education in these important developmental years in a child’s life – malnutrition at this time can stunt children physically and intellectually. JT Little HIRO’s pre–schoolers will be provided with a nutritious breakfast every day, and for many of them, this will be the best meal they have all day. These children will be well prepared to start government school when they reach 6 years of age and leave our pre–school.
In 2016 the money raised supported the expansion and longevity of the Pre-School Program. Today their fundraising primarily supports the Pre-School and any additional goes towards other Programs.
Thank you for your support Hiro’s!