Meet Sara Ortega. She’s a local mom who’s doing extraordinary things for the greater good. Sara started the non-profit Mira Scholars Foundation from her home in 2009, which provides grants for educational services in Cambodia. We think she’s pretty exceptional and wanted to share her story and more information about Mira with you.
From that role, I accepted a job in West Africa with an adult education program. I loved the experience and knew I wanted my work to continue to center on education. Among my coworkers one day, we started chatting about what would be involved in developing our own non-profit, but this time focusing on children. All of the adult students I worked with had bachelor degrees already, so they were generally in a good spot for personal growth and social mobility. We kept talking about those who weren’t in that type of situation. All of this was very informal conversation – the “what ifs” and “what’s needed.”
I don’t think there’s anything wrong in starting small, but there sure was a learning curve.
How has how doing this work affected you?
There are so many high end lifestyle expectations here that I think people would let go of if they were exposed more to the outside world.
How has becoming a mom changed you and how you feel about Mira?
Much of Mira‘s momentum had to stop for a bit, but I’m now starting to get back on track, and that feels amazing.
For the 2,500+ students we’ve been helping, there are no givens. None. School and supplies are maybes or long-shot dreams.
Tell us about your experience bringing your one-year old daughter to Cambodia to check on Mira’s students and funding.
My husband and I knew we’d always have a traveling family, just that there would be times it was regular and times we’d need to pause.