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Monday, April 04, 2011

Newport man gived £2.5K savings for Cambodian orphans

A NEWPORT man is investing £2,500 of his savings to travel to Cambodia and help with a project to build a new orphanage out there.

Aaron Jone

Aaron Jones, 20, will fly out to the country on April 17 to spend around five months working in the Chres village school and orphanage teaching English but is also hoping to help raise funds towards a project to build a better building for the children.

Mr Jones was inspired to go on the trip after spending 10 weeks in Rajasthan, India, at the end of last year teaching English and maths as part of a project run by Christian Aid and the Government's department for international development.

After seeing the severe poverty out there, the British Gas call centre worker and nightclub photographer decided he wanted to do more to help.

This led to him saving up for the trip to Cambodia where he will teach in the orphanage and also try and pass on skills including ICT and buying and selling to help local people better their lives.

He is also hoping to raise around £1,500 to donate towards a £40,000 project the orphanage is leading to see a new building built for the children.

He said: "The orphanage they are currently in is just a shack so they really want to have a new building for the children."

To help Mr Jones with his fundraising, visit or call 07939254622.

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