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UP students raise $20,000 for education in Cambodia

Photo courtesy of Kurt Berning


Kenny King with Cambodian student

Kenny King and Kurt Berning, students at the University of Portland, have raised more $20,000 for education in Cambodia. King and Berning are the founders of Global Alliance for Developing Education, a non-profit that is dedicated to building education in developing countries. The money was raised at a gourmet meal and auction held at the North Portland school. 

King and Berning also took first place in the non-profit category at the $100K Challenge, a business plan competition hosted by the University’s Entrepreneur Scholar program and Pamplin School of Business. 


The organization’s strategies include expanding an existing microfinance program, building a secondary school, training teachers and providing scholarships for high school students to attend college. 


The two recently traveled to Cambodia.  


“The trip has inspired me to work tirelessly to improve the quality of schools in Cambodia and offer opportunities to the deserving students,” said Berning. “The need in these schools is dire, and even a relatively small amount of money in the U.S. can make a dramatic impact on the life of a Cambodian student.”





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