BB2C’s pump project was a natural progression of our efforts to assist the Cambodian birth family of Rudi (Chak Puth) Shirk, a remarkable little boy who has brought joy to all who know him. Rudi, born in Phum Thom, Cambodia, is the adoptive son of BB2C’s founder. She initially created the organization to provide Rudi’s birth family with cornerstones of aid upon which they could build to rise out of desperate poverty. Our goals were to secure the family’s health, educate Rudi’s birth siblings and provide a means of sustainable micro-enterprise. To that end, BB2C helped the family move to an apartment from a hut that flooded during the rainy season and in which sickness flourished. We also payed for tuition for Rudi’s three birth siblings to attend school.
BB2C contributed micro-enterprise tools by providing seed capital for Rudi’s birth parents to buy a market stall to sell vegetables and fish, a cow (which has since calved twice), a sugar cane machine to prepare a popular Cambodian drink and a scooter to transport fish and vegetables to their market stall. Ysa Benjamin, Director of Community Connection Cambodia (CCC), was instrumental in implementing all these initiatives, all with culturally sensitive direction.
BB2C also helped Rudi’s birth family purchase land. However, because of an illegal land grab in June 2008, the family was forced to abandon it. Despite this setback, the family has achieved positive and sustainable change.
At the time of the land grab, when Rudi’s family and other villagers were driven from their property, BB2C was the only organization able to get emergency supplies through to them. Click here to read more.
We also organized a drive of used soccer uniforms to send to Rudi’s siblings’ school as well as other institutions helping orphans and street children. The New York Red Bulls generously added 100 soccer balls to the shipment. Click here to read more.
BB2C bought this Italian cow to help sustain Rudi’s birth family in Cambodia. The Italian cow — that’s her breed, not her nationality — is named Sylvia Poggioli, for National Public Radio’s Rome correspondent. Sylvia (the cow, not the correspondent) gave birth to a male calf, which in turn was named — because of its future as a stud — Fabio, after the Italian model.