Imagine my pleasure (but not surprise) to find my friends, George and Kari Grady Grossman all over the Denver media. They’ve popped up on TV (Colorado & Company, July 14) and in the Rocky Mountain News as Colorado’s Parents of the Year.
I’ve written about Kari in this space twice before. She and George are parents to Grady, 8, who was born in Cambodia, and Shanti, 4, born in India.
Kari has written a heartwarming book about her son’s story, Bones That Float: A Story of Adopting Cambodia. For me, this account is about so much more than adoption — it’s also a history lesson, an examination of both the worst and the best in humanity, and the mystical forces that bring us together.
Kari and George have created something truly amazing. With strong desire to help Cambodians help themselves in spite of some incredibly daunting factors (genocide, ever-present landmines, sustenance farming and ecological destruction, hunger and child prostitution) they founded the Friends of the Grady Grossman School several years ago. Its mission, however, has grown from “just” education to addressing both more immediate and more long-lasting needs.
In fact, FGGS is about to unveil its new name, Sustainable Schools International. As Kari explains, “Our refocused mission is to empower Cambodian Communities to sustain schools through economic development.”
If you are looking for a cause to support, I highly recommend this one.
I’m eager to hear Chicklet’s impressions from her trip when she gets back. Because of Kari’s book, as well as another, First They Killed My Father, I have an extended trip to Cambodia on my Bucket List.
Kari and George will be competing for the National Parents of the Year Award, which will be announced this Sunday.
I am hoping that Kari and George are able to shine a national spotlight on Sustainable Schools International. Best wishes to them this weekend!
(Photo of Grossman family by Mara Auster/The Coloradoan)