For the fifth year, students and faculty from Belmont University’s College of Health Science travel to Cambodia during the next 2 weeks with their annual mission trip. This year’s team departed on Sunday, May 15, but in preparation for their departure, they greeted a Cambodian high school student on Thursday, May 12, from Stratford High School who came to Belmont with 3 fellow students and a sponsor. The students had recently conducted a fundraiser, selling snacks at their school, to raise $125.35 to support Belmont’s student mission to Cambodia this year. The Cambodian student, Savut, and his classmates had the opportunity to meet several of the students going on the trip, while inviting the group to attend an International Festival at Stratford High School.
School of Nursing professor Keary Dryden met Savut at her church just over a month ago. When he found out about the Belmont trip, he organized the fundraiser at his school, enlisting the help of friends. Dryden said, “We will take the money with us and use it when we identify needs.” She added, “Last year we used donated money to help sponsor a rice drive which provided rice and other food supplies to a group of people who had been displaced from a slum into a very desolate rural area that had few resources. We’re not sure where the money will go this year, but $125 goes a long way in Cambodia!”
To stay up-to-date about the Cambodia Mission Trip, visit http://forum.belmont.edu/cambodia/.