The founding journey of the annual ride begun back in 2014, when a few work colleagues decided to get together for a few days out of the office and use up our leaves days set aside for charitable work in the community. The ‘HIROs’ were formed. The goal was not only the ride but about developing a sustainable funding vehicle that could drive a reliable revenue stream for the Hope for Cambodia Children Foundation, a direct action NGO in Cambodia based around community care and child welfare. https://hopeforcambodianchildren.org
‘The Hiro’s sponsor the Early Learning Childcare and Education Program. Currently 85 children between 3 and 5 years old attend the HOPE preschool and are taught social skills, art, Khmer, English and basic mathematics. The children each receive a nutritious breakfast to make sure that they are properly nourished each day. These children are from poor families in the local community assessed by the social welfare and education team. The program has been assessed twice by the Sangker District Education Office and has been highly rated. As well as educating children this program allows parents time to work to earn money.
Any remaining money is used to support babies in the Joint Mother to Baby program operated in conjunction with the Home Based Care Team of the Battambang Provincial Hospital, HOPE supplies baby formula and equipment and tuition in its safe use to HIV+ mothers who are unable to safely breastfeed their babies. Currently there are 38 mothers, and their babies in this program and in 2019 it is planned to add a further 20 mothers to the program. To date over 200 mothers have been through this 2 year program and all babies have finished the program HIV free.’