The Soul Society
is a non profit organization
caring for poor, homeless and orphan
children in third world countries

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Mission

Many charitable organizations direct their time and energy to raising awareness for the causes they are pursuing. But the plight of millions of poor, homeless and orphan children around the world is already well known.

The Soul Society is deeply committed to providing for the needs of helpless children. From supplying orphanages with food and proper shelter to making sure their children have the tools needed to become self sufficient, educated adults, the Soul Society is endeavoring to improve the lives of these children, one soul at a time.

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The Soul Society is a project driven charitable organization. The money raised by your generous donations will provide continuous aide for one orphanage at a time, helping these children not only survive but flourish as adults. Once establishing the ongoing care for one orphanage, the Soul Society will then begin caring for another. Our goal is to increase the number of orphanages benefiting from your generosity at a minimum rate of one per year.

With each contribution to the Soul Society, you will have the unique opportunity to stay up to date with each project, monitor the progress we make and see firsthand how your donations have affected the lives of these children. Click on the “Projects” tab to learn about the orphanages we are helping right now as well as the ones we have helped in the past thanks to your generous contributions.

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The Soul Society was created by my wife, Melissa, and I after a trip that I took to Cambodia in September of 2009.  During that trip I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Cambodia’s temples and landmarks. I was ushered into a private van with a personal tour guide and I visited some amazing sites including my favorite temple, the Tomb Raider Temple, and an entire city built on water.

Every time I stopped at a tourist attraction, I was bombarded by several people trying to sell memorabilia to me for a single US dollar in the parking lot. Rather than accept the goods, I offered them a dollar if they would let me photograph them. It became a frenzy. I was surrounded by countless children waiting their turn. I sincerely wanted to help but I felt overwhelmed and soon ignored all of their pleas. A dollar for most of us means nothing; a dollar for them could mean food for the entire day. I couldn’t help but feel selfish and yet helpless as to what approach I should take if I wanted to help.

As I visited another temple, I noticed a little girl sitting on the side of the road with her backed turned to me. She wasn’t really begging…she was just sitting there. As I walked by I looked over my shoulder and looked back at her. Her entire face was severely disfigured and her visible skin was scarred from some kind of burn. It looked as if someone had poured acid over her. I have been told that she may have been burned on purpose by her family to be a more effective beggar. I have seen helpless people on the side of the road in various parts of the world before, even in first world countries. Something here was different. My senses were heightened as I was already contemplating how I could help. This wasn’t a frenzy. This was one girl, sitting there helplessly as if to accept her fate. I wept uncontrollably. I composed myself and walked up to the little girl and gave her $20. She slowly took the money from my hands in disbelief. Her disfigured face wouldn’t even let her smile. I walked away quickly so I would not start crying in front of her. Before walking away, I turned around to look at her once more. She held her heart and lifted up the twenty dollar bill. It was her way of thanking me. I wept some more. I looked back again but she was gone.

I learnt a valuable life lesson. I couldn’t make a difference to all those children in the parking lot but I did make a difference to that one little girl. We all know we can make a difference but I personally had to experience it for myself. I spent the rest of the day proud of myself for having helped a stranger. My pride soon turned into sorrow. I couldn’t help but think that I should have given her more.

Inspired, I asked my tour guide to take me to a local orphanage. We passed by a market and bought 2 bags of rice, oil, toothpaste, shampoo, crisps, notebooks, pens and various other items. Little did I know the impact this would have on me. I was greeted by 23 of the most beautiful children I have ever met. Their ages averaged from 4 – 16 years of age. They were either poor, homeless or orphaned children and they are all cared for by 2 brothers and their team. The orphanage is called the Cambodia Development Organization or CDO. Although having no children of my own, I felt a certain kinship with these kids as if I had known them all of their lives. They were so well behaved and so respectful. They couldn’t stop smiling and holding my hand as I toured their home. Thirteen boys sleep in an average size bedroom with one bed while 10 girls sleep in another. I’m sure that there are people living in far worse conditions but after experiencing firsthand how these children live, I felt responsible.

It was after this life changing trip that I was inspired to create the Soul Society with my wife and we are now dedicated to helping orphanages such as the one I visited in Cambodia to provide for these children in need.