Taking Laptops deep into The Jungle of Cambodia

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  1. Cant-stop-riding

    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    FYI;
    On my ride to South America I'm taking a two month hiatus in order to complete a project I've been working on over the last few years. None of my team nor myself are making any money on this ride. We are only empowering those who work very hard to help others. I see our world as a GLOBAL COMMUNITY...and community members help hold each other up.

    Background;
    About 3 years ago I was riding through Cambodia when I met Lim. Lim lives deep in the Jungle. He has a degree in education and is committed to teach. He could live in the city and make more money but he chooses to live in the jungle and help those who need it most. Due to a multitude of reasons the lifestyle that many villages have enjoyed living in the jungle is evaporating. New laws restricting hunting and and collecting forrest products has left many families with no other option than to head into the city and try and make a new life for themselves.
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    To just cut through the crap; Education is their only chance. Due to the Khmer Rouge genocide from '75-'79 the country is struggling with a very large age and skills gap. Around 70 percent of Cambodia is under the age of 30. Basically an entire country without adult supervision. Think about all the lessons your parents taught you growing up...for many children growing up today, their parents had no parents, no mentors, no teachers. This is a massive setback.

    Learning resources are very scarce in Cambodia and these Laptops will provide the ability to teach groups different topics at once. The Laptops will remain offline for the majority of their time in the jungle, connected to a server which has all the learning resource applications. To be specific, Lim will be concentrating on teaching English and basic office skills to start. Boys without education can often find work in construction, but this is not the case for the girls. For many of the girls, they will be trying to obtain work in hotels as receptionist or small businesses interacting with tourists. These very simple skills are the difference between have a job to support your family or turning to a life of prostitution. Education will help keep them off the streets.

    About the RIDE;
    I've assembled a team of 6 riders from India, Canada and The USA. Together as a group of dedicated explorers our mission is simple. Explore Cambodia and deliver laptops to Lims School deep in the Cardamon Jungle. Beyond that I wanted to bring people of differing backgrounds together to experience Cambodia together. Exposing different viewpoints as we explore the culture. I've ridden in Cambodia many times and I know how fierce the environment can be. Incredible temperatures, hard rain, chaos on the roadways. I can assure you this will not be a vacation...It will be an ADVENTURE!

    We need your HELP;
    I'm always open to trip ideas or possible solutions to pitfalls // If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to reach out. Sometimes it takes a village to....help a village...lol!

    WHO is helping with WHAT;
    The Muskoka Foundation - We have partnered with Do Good As You Go to run the donations of the laptops through their 501(c)3
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Lockheed understands the importance of educations and has GENEROUSLY donated the laptops that we will be delivering to Lims School in the Jungle
    Green Chile Adventure Gear - Green Chile has been incredibly supportive in helping us devise the most bulletproof luggage arrangement. We need help to keep the laptops safe and dry along with our items all strapped to our motorbikes.
    Sena - Sena has generously offered to give us cameras/ comms for the trip. This will be an invaluable tool both for on road communications in chaotic riding conditions but also in telling our story to the world.

    How / where are we telling our story?
    I'm releasing short videos outlining everything on YouTube and on my Perpetual Moto FB page. This will be a video series as there is just too much to explain in one video alone. Here is part one.


    I will continue to post updates here and on https://www.facebook.com/perpetualmoto/

    I'm really excited to show the world what a group of friends can do to help others in a far off place. Ride Far my friends!! -Brad
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    Good luck. Is this religious based?
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  3. Cant-stop-riding

    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    Thank you Pete, thats a really good question!! Short answer, No this is NOT religious based. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that...but thats not our team.
    All of our riders have paid their own way and are doing this out of the love of exploration AND doing something good along the way. I've asked the riders to collect a "small" amount of money (like 20-50 USD ea) and we will use that to help the community in some way...with building supplies, livestock or something along those lines.
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    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    Probably important I put up this vid, where I met Lim...this is a good intro for him.
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    In. Having spent a few years working in SE Asia, I'm very interested to see this journey. If you ever do something like this again, I'd love to potentially be a part of it.

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  6. Cant-stop-riding

    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    ExplorerFrog - Thanks a lot! Lets connect, are you on FB? If so pls send me a message here ( https://www.facebook.com/perpetualmoto/ ) I'm always looking for more people to make great things happen with!
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    Will do! Probably be this week as I don't use FB much. The fortunate news is that there are Mr Lims all over SE Asia in Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that are striving to help their small communities. Where is the best place to make a monetary donation if people want to?
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  8. Cant-stop-riding

    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    That is really good to hear!! My team isn't running any large scope donation campaigns... This is more about people helping people along their way. All we are asking for is people to help share our story. I'll be posting more relevant content here on this thread.
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    Tentatively one of your riders assuming I can make the logistics work!

    A great ride for a worthy cause!
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    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    Loving my time here in San Cristobal, Mexico! This is a local group of performers that dance in the park out in front of the Church in the center of town. I've been watching them for weeks and then I had the idea to ask them if they wanted a promo video...seems like everyone likes a short promo vid to show what they do...and I wanted epic shots like this!! Great deal if you ask me!
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    Very nice shot. Couldn't go there while I was there last time. Maybe next time :) . Amazing shots!!
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  12. Cant-stop-riding

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    One of my team members for the Cambodia ride has started a blog. She will write a series over the course of the trip. Since I've invited riders from three different countries (INDIA, CANADA and USA) I really want to start conversations about what everyone liked and disliked on the trip as well as how certain things remind them of their own home or conversely, how something may seem so foreign. I feel like society in general is getting so autonomous we are forgetting the joy of discovering another persons perspective and understanding its OK to say, "I disagree with you, but I still respect you as a person". Tammys' blog link below.
    http://tammyperry.ca/do-good-as-you-go/
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    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    Very happy to announce that Lockheed Martin has very generously donated 40 laptops to our Cambodia Ride. Far too many than can be taken. Many of these will find their way into Mexico and Central America to the Schools and Libraries which I've worked with along side of www.dogoodasyougo.org This is a huge milestone for the team as a whole. We now have clear direction. We are looking at solutions for Operating Systems (the computers come wiped clean) and how we will transport them safely. If you have any recommendations please let me know. We will be traveling by motorcycle (obvi) and Cambodia is known for some crazy rain. Stay safe out there!
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    I'm really excited to get back to Cambodia and make some new friends!!
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    I used to drone over details on projects, taking days trying to figure out the smallest of details assuming that would be the key to success in the field. Time and experience has taught me to spend less time on the details and spend more time trying to collaborate with those who can help me problem solve in the field. I focus now not on the WHY but on the HOW. I feel the main key to success is in the HOW and by collaborating with others. I hope this gives travelers some ideas of how they too can make positive social change with locals ON THE ROAD.
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    Cant-stop-riding Been here awhile

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    Cambodia is such an amazing world. I'm super stoked to be heading back soon!
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    One of my favorite places on earth...Osoam Village and the surrounding Jungles of Cambodia!!
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