Regular readers of this blog know that I have a strong professional interest in things East European (or what we used to call East European–now East Central European or Southeast European) and things Cambodian. The East European interest is professional–I’m an East Europeanist by training. The second is personal and professional–I spent a very exciting ten days in Cambodia this spring doing volunteer work for Teachers Across Borders.
Well, a group of young people from the Washington, D.C. area has managed to combine these two interests in one effort. Eight of them are driving from Germany to Cambodia in three Trabants to raise money for homeless children in Cambodia. The idea that three Trabis could actually make it that far is outlandish enough. But even more outlandish is the idea that they can raise $300,000 during their drive–and it’s just outlandish enough to actually work!