In 2002, Bill and Lauren Smith travelled to Cambodia and encountered a site that changed their lives.

As a photographer, Bill had been visiting Cambodia for several years to document the country’s landscape, but he and his wife could not have imagined what was occurring at the Phnom Penh garbage dump. Hundreds of impoverished children were rummaging among the trash there every day in search of materials from which they could make a small profit.

Upon returning to the United States, the Smiths began sharing the photographs of the children they had seen and the story of what they had done to help, and the encouraging responses that they received inspired them to found A New Day Cambodia. Today, the nonprofit organization provides safe shelter and funding for the education of about one hundred Cambodian children.

For more on the Smiths’ first trip and A New Day Cambodia, read the full article on CNN.