Starfish Scholarship Fund

Starfish Scholarship Fund

Nicole Phua and Ernest Lee came to Cambodia and made a commitment see a group of students from Knar School through to graduation. In 2014 those students did indeed graduate from High School, all of them the first in their family to do so.  
Grads Knar grade 12 2014
The name for this scholarship fund comes from a tale adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley:

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement. She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

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The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!” The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
Ernest and Nicole, at Knar School during the time they volunteered there.