About Us

The Anyway Foundation is a licensed 501-c3 whose mission is to help the less fortunate.

Founded by Ray Shackleford, an American and 3 time Purple Heart recipient; Ray likes to help people and simply ‘give-back’ out of his appreciation for a blessed and fortunate life.

Ray who spends his time between Oregon and Cebu Philippines made his first visit to Cambodia in 1994. He befriended “Mr. Elephant” and immediately built a strong bond which has lead to many beautiful philanthropic developments in Cambodia.

The Anyway Foundation and it’s support group (including, members of my class of 1957 from Forest Grove Oregon, Roger, Joan, Shirley, Carrie, all the people in Texas that have helped, the employees at the Nehalem Bay, Depoe Bay Wineries) have built 3 schools and support an orphanage near the Phnom Penh airport.

The Anyway Foundation is very proud to have donated hundreds and hundreds of mosquito nets, tons of rice, purchase land for schools, built class rooms, built cabins for teachers, drilled water wells, provided annual school supplies and COUNTLESS other small contributions.

You can be 100% sure all donations go 100% to the orphanage, schools and local Khmer staff that run the day to day activities. Not to mention all donations are tax deductible.

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Why Anyway?


People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth,

From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan,
Mother Theresa’s children’s home in Calcutta.
The inspiration for Ray’s “Anyway Foundation”.




Kampong Speu - Orphanage Visit
Kampong Speu – Orphanage Visit

To date: 27 children have been adopted from the Anyway Foundation orphanage.

Adopted Children in Cambodia



Ray’s 1st blog post in 2009

Greeting everyone! I have an update. The orphanage is looking even better. The maintenance man is doing a truly unbelievable job and mostly alone. The area around the pond is full of plants, vegetables, more fruit trees. All the land behind & beside the new building is all cut and a garden has been planted. They will have enough vegetables to feed all and some they can sell for a little extra money. Truly awesome.

There are 17 babies all looking healthy and happy. We are lucky to have the nannies we have and all the help from Pakawan. The school by the road in Chenneng now has a toilet, a septic tank and the concrete is in the school. They did some remodeling, taking apart of one of the rooms. One classroom is bigger and with the rest of the room they made a bedroom for volunteers. I bought a generator, electric lights and wire. So now the building with the sewing machines, the outside cooking area and the new room have lights some of the time. They will be able to have a TV and CD player and will be able to see movies that Pakawan and Mike are getting. They are short CDs that have topics such as sanitation, agriculture, family life, women rights, malaria, dengue. Different topics that are in short 5 to 10 minute segments that the people will have to watch when they watch the movies.

We will soon have a generator and the same items for the old village also. That will be amazing because most of those people have never even seen an electric light. We have a new building in the old village. The village chief and the village got together and asked us to start English classes for all in the village. So now we have first, second, third & fourth grades in Khmer, and 2 hours a day in English. The 2 teachers there are really good.

Since we have a western bath and shower in the orphanage and a western toilet and a private bathing area at the new village we are ready to start trying to get English speaking volunteers and also volunteers to help at the orphanage. Ideas and help are needed. if you have friends that would like to volunteer, let us know. If any of you have extra cash or brilliant ideas let us know, the projects do cost money. The children in the orphanage cost approximately 160 US dollars a month and there are now 17 of them. The schools are a lot less expensive about $3,000 for each of the 3 schools per year. I want to thank all of you that have helped in all the ways you have.

A special thanks goes to BOB, who went there in May with me to look before he made a very generous donation. Also, a special thanks to members of my class of 1957 from Forest Grove, Oregon who have been so very generous. Thanks Roger and Joan, and Shirley. Thanks to all the people in Texas that have helped. Carrie thanks for everything you have done. Everyone should know how much the employees at the Nehalem Bay Winery and the Depoe Bay Winery help by making me able to do all this and also how they sell the bags,purses,packs and wine bags that are made in the sewing project at the village. Some of you across our great country have helped also thanks to all of you. I’ll update you periodically. Check out the new webpage. http://www.anywayfoundation.org/

Bye for now,