Back in 2013 Amber Knights, a full time mother of 3 children, took it upon herself to raise money for Cambodia, a place close to her heart as her son was born there. Previously, Amber had raised funds for the Children’s Relief Centre in Phnom Penh by running a half marathon. In need of another impossible challenge, Amber set up ‘Trying for Cambodia’, she planned to participate in the Malta Triathlons and raise funds for her cause. This time round she wanted to have more of a structure to her fundraising and work towards giving impoverished children some form of education and perhaps a platform for a better future. In so doing she got in contact with the Elma Trust; A relationship was born between ‘Trying For Cambodia’ and the Elma Trust and so the fundraising began as well as the intense training.
The Elma Trust School in Siem Reap were in desperate need of a new library which fitted in perfectly with what ‘Trying for Cambodia’ were trying to achieve. During that time Amber was introduced to Feltom (Federation of English Language teaching Organisations of Malta). It couldn’t have come at a better time as Feltom kindly agreed to contribute their CSR for that year towards the good cause. Over the months, Amber participated in 6 triathlons and collectively with Feltom raised over €10,000 that was donated to the Elma Trust; plans got rapidly underway to build the much needed library for the Elma School which was given the name the Feltom Library.
Over a year on and the Library has been invaluable, the children use it to enhance their English reading and writing skills. It also provides a calm refuge for children to read in between classes as well as providing them with a safe space to study and do homework which many of them do not have at home.