Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Stanleys Go To SE Asia + A Little "Extre"!

"Extre" in the Cosby family means extra if you didn't catch on. My dad's mom, Mary Lou,
has always used the saying, "oh just a little extre," when she throws in a little something
with your gift. It may be just some cash or it may be chapstick. It's always a neat surprise. We, 
however, have a different 'extre' to share with you all that we're very excited about!

As many of you already know, Ty and I are traveling to SE Asia for 6 weeks this summer. And 
if you didn't know, you know now! We initially were going to try to make it to Thailand, 
Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam but have since decided that three of them will give us more 
time to explore each country rather than rushing all through the countries. So we have decided 
to leave out Vietnam this trip. However, what most of you don't know is a little 
plan we've been working on for the last month or so...

We're going to be building sports courts for kids in Cambodia! We prayed and prayed about
what else was in store for our trip. Something about just traveling just wasn't settling with us.
It's amazing how things work out the way they do, right? Ty's Aunt Shannon just happened to
know of a non-profit she had heard about (Courts for Kids), we got on their website and they
happened to have a group going to Cambodia around the same time we'd be there, but bummer
deal was that the application process had closed. About a week later I emailed Selene with
CFK thinking, maybe just maybe, something would be available...and there was! And there are still
3 spots if anybody is interested! We're officially joining the group when they arrive in
Cambodia mid-July! I don't think we could be any more excited! I could seriously scream. 

We will be staying in a rural community called Kralanh, which the average daily income is $1.50 
and can be lower depending on the time of the year. Most people live in wood or concrete houses
and less than half have electricity. It tends to floods in Cambodia so often that the playing 
time is taken away from the kids during the year. For girls, the chances to play are quite slim 
as is already. So rather than just touring the countries, we'll be living with and hearing many 
stories of those who live in this rural area in Cambodia while we build opportunities for the 
kids to play basketball, soccer, and volleyball year round.

But here's the deal...we need help raising money for Courts for Kids and this part of our trip. 
We need to raise about $1600 total for the two of us. If you do not wish to donate money, 
Courts for Kids will also accept sports equipment. All donations are tax-deductible (we 
can give you more details on this). If you are interested in money or equipment 
donations, please let us know and we can let you know how to go about it! 
We appreciate any support, whether it be financial or 
sports equipment donations. 

SE Asia, some hard manual labor, 
and unforgettable we come!

♥The Stanleys