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Geneva teen aids Cambodian youth

Program addresses gender inequality

Caroline Zimmer of Geneva (far right) with Cambodian children during a recent trip there. A senior at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Zimmer traveled there through Kids Play International, which encourages gender equity through sports.
Caroline Zimmer of Geneva (far right) with Cambodian children during a recent trip there. A senior at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Zimmer traveled there through Kids Play International, which encourages gender equity through sports.

GENEVA  – A St. Francis student from Geneva, Caroline Zimmer, traveled to Cambodia in October with Kids Play International to help empower women and girls in strategic activities to improve gender equality, according to a news release.

Zimmer taught respect through playing games and having discussions, the release stated.

“Playing and interacting with children, despite language and cultural barriers, was a beautiful experience as I was able to connect with them through soccer,” Zimmer stated in the release. “The trip was a huge learning and eye-opening experience. It was a very successful launch to the KPI program in Cambodia, which will only continue to grow and impact society.”

Zimmer was referred to Kids Plan International – founded by three-time Olympian Tracy Evans – by an assistant varsity soccer coach, Anne Poulin, who teaches at the Catholic college prep school in Wheaton.

Zimmer was chosen for her soccer skills and leadership, the release stated.

The Cambodian government is calling for assistance in addressing the widespread challenge in gender balance, according to the release.

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