This story is years in the making...
I always wanted to help orphans. I got a chance to go to Cambodia as a volunteer in 2013. I fell in love with the children there and decided to do all I could to help them. I have gone to visit them every year and will do so as long as I am able. I spend four months each year in Cambodia and Thailand helping my kids and volunteering for HOPE Worldwide.
As a retiree I also get to fly free in military planes. This means I buy a ticket from Atlanta to Seattle and then go space available hops all the way to Singapore, where I buy another ticket to Bangkok and then Phnom Penh. This saves $100's of dollars. Regular fare is about $1500-$1700 from Atlanta and I spend less than $500 ($400 to Seattle and about $100 to Phnom Penh), but it takes me over a week to get there.
I buy school supplies, rice, medical issues and take care of any needs that I am able to with my small budget. I am not supported by HOPE or any other agency, but I take donations from anyone willing to help. One Hundred Percent (100%) goes straight to my orphans. Transportation, room and board is paid by me.