​​Steps Together

​We are a small Nonprofit Organization with a mission to provide underprivileged communities with the necessary materials in order for all people to receive an education they deserve. By doing this we hope to provide a stepping stone for these people to help them build self confidence to live a self-sustaining life.

 ​Rice Donation

Chong Kneas Village

After the first visit to the Chong Kneas Floating Village, we immediately started a GoFundMe account. After speaking with Adam, our tuk tuk driver, we came up with the idea that we could try and provide a weeks worth of meals for the families that were struggling the most, if we could raise enough funds. Our project was time sensitive, due to lack of time left on our visas. That night we launched the GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising as much money as possible within 24 hours. Our goal was $200, which would allow us to buy about 200 kilos of rice. This could feed 10 families of 4-5 people for about a week. That night we went to bed feeling optimistic about the outcome of the crowd funding page, and kept our fingers crossed that our post would reach as many people as possible. The next time we opened the account, we couldn't believe that we not only met our goal, but surpasssed it by a long shot. While we were asleep, our friends and family on the other side of the world were reading and sharing our story, which had a huge impact on reaching our initial goal. 


The next morning, we called Adam and he took us to a local market to purchase the rice. When we walked up to the stand, the lady asked us how much rice we'd like to buy, and Adam was able to translate for us once again. The look on her face when he told her we would like to buy $600 worth of rice was priceless. She looked just as shocked as we did, when we saw how much money we raised in less than 24 hours. Because we wanted to indivually bag the rice, we followed the woman back to her house to start the bagging process. When we got there, her entire family and our team got to work. After about an hour, we successfully bagged 100, 10 kilogram bags of rice and loaded them into three separate tuk tuks. We arrived to Chong Kneas Floating Village, and were immediately greeted by the smiling faces, once again. Adam spoke with the leader of Village to inform him of our plan, and he helped us delegate the bags to each house. We felt a mix of emotions on this day; equally overwhelmed and excited, humble, slightly nervous, but most of all we felt an immense sense of gratitude. The act of giving almost has an addictive element, which has pushed us to continue.    

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