Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with the Sharing Foundation's founder, Dr. Nancy Hendrie, a retired pediatrician in her seventies to work on a couple of projects and get ready for the final phase of the our America's GIving Challenge campaign. Dr. Hendrie has been working tirelessly on this campaign using her social networks. (mostly offline and email) Yesterday, I had to chance to show her some online social networks like Twitter and Facebook as well as some tools like video blogging. She made the above video with my son, Harry.
Ten years ago, she didn’t want to spend her retirement years on the golf course. Instead, she started The Sharing Foundation. Yesterday, she showed me this article by writer Elizabeth Eiditz published in the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly about the Foundation's ten years of successful programs. Please go read it.
In the US, Dr. Hendrie leads an amazing community of volunteers that I'm proud to be a part of. In Cambodia, Dr. Hendrie has gradually hired and mentored fifty-seven Cambodians who’ve assumed all leadership positions. The photo above is the Sharing Foundation's in-country director Chan Kim Leng, known as "Elephant" who grew up in the jungle and saw his five-year-old broth killer by the Khmer Rouge. Elephant oversees the Sharing Foundation's programs. Dr. Hendrie travels to Cambodia four times a year to work with Elephant, oversee projects and plan new ones.
Dr. Nancy is an inspiration! She's a shining example of never ending activism and a reminder that you're never too old to change the world. (Although she told me yesterday she might too old for twitter ..)
There has already been over $17,000 for the Sharing Foundation's America's Giving Challenge raised through the unselfish giving of over 600 people like Dr. Nancy and her five children. If you have not yet donated $10 (or more) to this important cause, there is only a few days left to donate and change a Cambodian child's life.