|4/10/2011 11:21:00 AM|
UP business students return from Cambodia with desire to help
Photo by Kurt Berning
Kenny King with a student in Cambodia.
University of Portland business students Kenny King and Kurt Berning recently returned from a trip to Cambodia. They worked with Global ADE, an organization seeking to address problems in the nation's education system by expanding an existing microfinance program, building a secondary school, innovative teacher training and classroom programs, and scholarships for high school students to attend university.
Sent via a UP scholarship for future entrepreneurs, Berning and King assisted in the teaching of an English class and meet hard-working high school students with no money to pay for college.
“The trip has inspired me to work tirelessly to improve the quality of schools in Cambodia and offer opportunities to the deserving students,” said Berning. “The need in these schools is dire, and even a relatively small amount of money in the U.S. can make a dramatic impact on the life of a Cambodian student.”
The two students host a benefit dinner at UP at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.
In December, King and Berning created a plan with Bon Appétit Management Co., the University’s food service provider, to have fellow students donate unused meal plan points to Global ADE. More than 200 students donated a total of $24,964 worth of points. These points will both fund the dinner and be auctioned as packages including meal plans.