CNN has selected its top ten Heroes from over 3700 people in 75 countries. One of the top ten is Phymean Noun, from Cambodia:
Walking down a street in Cambodia’s capital city, Phymean Noun finished her lunch and tossed her chicken bones into the trash. Seconds later, she watched in horror as several children fought to reclaim her discarded food.
Noun stopped to talk with them. After hearing their stories of hardship, she knew she couldn’t ignore their plight.
“I must do something to help these children get an education,” she recalls thinking. “Even though they don’t have money and live on the sidewalk, they deserve to go to school.”
Six years after that incident, Noun is helping many of Phnom Penh’s poorest children do just that.
Within weeks, she quit her job and started an organization to give underprivileged children an education. Noun spent $30,000 of her own money to get her first school off the ground.
In 2004, her organization — the People Improvement Organization (PIO) — opened a school at Phnom Penh’s largest municipal trash dump, where children are a large source of labor.
Today, Noun provides 240 kids from the trash dump a free education, food, health services and an opportunity to be a child in a safe environment.
The Hero of the Year, selected by internet vote, will be awarded $100,000. Can you imagine what $100,000 could do for the children living in the dumps of Phnom Penh? You can help and it won’t cost you a penny - just a click! Please, go vote right now. And then send the link to your friends and family and ask them to click too. (And bloggers, feel free to post this on your blogs as well!) I think it’s safe to say this is a truly bipartisan cause we can all get behind.
P.S. - According to CNN’s legal disclosure “multiple voting is permitted” - so vote early and vote often!!(re-printed with encouragement!! from Mrs. Broccoli Guy. Thank you.)