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Cambodia today is still recovering from a difficult past, yet I never give up hope that peace and prosperity are coming. My hope grows stronger because of the work of Caring for Cambodia and Jamie's message in Graced with Orange that one individual can make a difference, and that many individuals together can create a cascading effect that has the power to change lives. --Sichan Siv, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and author of the international bestseller Golden Bones

Jamie Amelio's compulsion to breathe new life into the old Killing Fields one school at a time leads to a remarkably moving, personal, and candid journey. There is a profound irony in Amelio's quest while she is on a mission to rescue perhaps the most decimated, war-torn nation of Southeast Asia, it is that same country that comes to her family's rescue. Her hard-won lessons in building a whole educational system from scratch should be adopted by U.S. public schools today. --Christopher Graves, global CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations

Graced with Orange is a warm, candid memoir that reveals Jamie Amelio's visionary dedication to education and her journey to transform the lives of Cambodian children. Through Caring for Cambodia, Jamie has inspired legions of volunteers to believe in the power of education, and this engaging narrative draws us in to share that passion. --Alice P. Gast, president of Lehigh University --Alice P. Gast, president of Lehigh University

Jamie Amelio s compulsion to breathe new life into the old Killing Fields one school at a time leads to a remarkably moving, personal, and candid journey. There is a profound irony in Amelio s quest while she is on a mission to rescue perhaps the most decimated, war-torn nation of Southeast Asia, it is that same country that comes to her family s rescue. Her hard-won lessons in building a whole educational system from scratch should be adopted by U.S. public schools today. --Christopher Graves, global CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations

Graced with Orange is a warm, candid memoir that reveals Jamie Amelio s visionary dedication to education and her journey to transform the lives of Cambodian children. Through Caring for Cambodia, Jamie has inspired legions of volunteers to believe in the power of education, and this engaging narrative draws us in to share that passion. --Alice P. Gast, president of Lehigh University

About the Author

Texas native Jamie C. Amelio is the founder and CEO of Caring for Cambodia. While vacationing in Cambodia in 2003 she expected to be wowed by the temples of Angkor Wat. Instead it was a little girl panhandling for a few dollars who would change her life. A few weeks later Jamie established Caring for Cambodia, which now supports 6,400 students in sixteen schools in Siem Reap. In 2005, 2010, and 2012 Jamie was awarded the prestigious Golden Hand Service Award by the Cambodian government. After living in Asia for ten years, Jamie, her husband Bill, and their six children now live in Austin, Texas.

Adam Snyder is a freelance business writer and the author or co-author of many books with top business and non-profit leaders. He is also president of the animation and video company Rembrandt Films.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Meadow Lane Publishing (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986025801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986025808
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Graced with Orange is a book about making a difference. It is a book that chronicles a determined woman and her many supporters as they build a non- profit organization specifically aimed at helping the children of Cambodia. It is a book about caring and determination to make a difference in a nation that has experienced unbelievable horrors during the last few decades and is still far from a full recovery.

Caring for Cambodia is the organization founded by the book's author and its mission is simple enough. It aims its efforts primarily at education and care for Cambodia's under- educated and under- nourished children. The idea of such an organization came to fruition when the book's author and others paid visits to Cambodia and couldn't believe what they saw. They were living in Singapore at the time and it was there that the organization was created. This book spends considerable time talking about the organization, its mission, key events, and other important facts. It follows the formation of the organization, the progress from year to year, and the important people who helped make Caring for Cambodia the success it is today.

Graced with Orange is a book about the will to make a difference and many who read will come away with a sense of admiration and motivation to do more themselves. Not only is the book inspiring, it also serves, in many ways, as a blueprint guide for starting a similar organization. Caring for Cambodia started with the goal of building schools and providing a solid education. But as time marched forward, it was clear that other things were wrong as well- things that interfered with the efforts to educate. One was the lack of food. It is difficult for anyone to concentrate on an empty stomach. So how did Caring for Cambodia respond?
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This is conceivably one of the most poignant books I have ever read, and I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. Not only does this book have some stunning history and touching personal vignettes, it chronicles a work of which I was completely unaware.

Cambodia--a place I only knew of in name only. I honestly couldn't tell you where it is located except that it is in Asia somewhere near Vietnam. (Of course, I know now.) I remember that there were refugees coming from there in the 1980's, but I often didn't know the difference between the Camobians and the Vietnamese. I assumed it was an impoverished country, but I had no idea what this country had suffered. I had heard of the Khmer Rouge, but I didn't even know that was a part of Cambodian history.

From the first pages of this book, I was so emotionally invested. Often when I was reading, I felt like turning away--like you would when there was a scary part of a movie. The problem is that you don't have that same luxury with a book. I found myself crying, praying, and quivering all over. As I continued to read, I knew I had to share what I was learning with my mom. I believe that the tales of horror that the author tells us rival those of Stalin and Hitler. And the sad thing is that we don't hear about it in our country! I found myself saying to myself repeatedly that I didn't fathom how I could have gone through the public school system of this country (honors classes!), and I had never heard any of this. I feel much more informed, I must say.

Of course, this story goes far beyond history. It tells how one organization has begun to change one of the poorest countries on earth. In addition to that, she tells the story of her family. There is absolutely nothing that you will find inappropriate in this story.
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Inspiration.

Pure and simple, that is what this book is.

I've often wondered what moves an ordinary person forward to do extraordinary things. Jamie Amelio gives us an interesting and compelling narrative about her experiences in Cambodia, moving from tourist to builder of schools and changer of lives.

Nearly all of us have been asked at one time or another, "Could I have a dollar?" Some of us may turn over a dollar, some of us may walk on by, some of us may even be irritated. Not Jamie Amelio. She stopped and asked why the dollar was needed. The little beggar girl needed the money to pay for school, a common practice in Cambodia. And so, an opportunity presented itself and this story began.

Graced with Orange is as much a personal journey to make a difference as it is "how-to" start and run a charitable organization. The author's "Caring for Cambodia" (CFC) is the vehicle used to build sixteen schools in war-torn Cambodia. As life would have it, it also changed the author's personal life in significant ways, but you'll have to read the book for that part of the story!

The best parts of the book, for my enjoyment, are when Amelio shares the personal stories of the native Cambodians who were directly involved in or impacted by CFC's work. There are those who helped build schools, the children who attended school, the teachers whose hearts and minds were challenged and changed by the new approach to education, The stories of struggle, courage and growth move the book along quickly.

Another important part of the story is how the country of Cambodia continues to struggle, many years after war tore it apart. The human toll of war is gently woven through, in a completely non-political way.
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