In early 2012 I took a trip to South-East Asia in search of purpose and meaning in my life. Like most people who set out on a journey of self-discovery, I wasn’t sure what I would find. Chance led me to meeting Bunrith Thy, affectionately known as Racky. Little did I know that this man would later change my life’s path and help me to realise the purpose I had been searching for. During my time in Cambodia my friendship with Racky grew. I learned about his childhood growing up during the Khmer Rouge regime where he was separated from his family, forced into child slavery and survived several attempts on his life. Despite unimaginable challenges, Racky fought to get himself educated to a university level. He now devotes his life to his non-government organisation, which works to improve the education system and provide children with access to quality education. Racky inspired me, but it was clear that he had a desperate need for funding. Filled with admiration for Racky, I made a promise to help. Out of this promise, Classroom of Hope was born.