Elia and Halimah Van Tuyl have been married for over 40 years, raised a family of four daughters in Palo Alto, and since 2005, turned their attention to problems of poverty among children in Cambodia. As co-founders of Friends of Cambodia, they have travelled many times to Asia to develop and fund programs for children who had been working and living at the infamous Steung Meanchey garbage dump close to Phnom Penh. Their current focus is on the Cambodia Scholars Program, which aims at providing disadvantaged Cambodian youth with adequate education and training to successfully transition into adulthood without falling back into poverty. Details of their program and a link to a blog may be found at www.friendsofcambodia.org.
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