Monday, May 02, 2016

Hans Eide (1934-2016)

Hans came to our church frequently to talk about the school.
On trips to Southeast Asia Hans Eide had witnessed the plight of children who were too poor even to attend public school in rural Cambodia. After soliciting donations from the Rotary Club in San Mateo and working tirelessly to set up the facilities, Hans opened the Cambodia Academy of Mongkol Borei in 2004.

Free of charge to its students, the Academy provides food, transportation, books, uniforms, and English-language teaching. There is a long waiting list for open slots, and its graduates are equipped to find jobs in the cities that are visited by international tourists and business people.

At his memorial service last night, friends and relatives spoke of the hard-nosed entrepreneur who bought and sold businesses and the traveler who would negotiate for an hour to pay a lower price on a $40 shirt. But I only knew Hans Eide as the driven advocate, the then-70-year-old Foster City resident who gave the rest of his life to improving the lives of hundreds of some of the poorest children in the world. R.I.P.

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