Below are the young adults who have participated in at least one of our programs and who have successfully completed high school. These students are or are about to be college students. Scroll down to view their stories and learn about their achievements.
Thy Sina (Dana)
Dana is 18 years old and since she was very young, it has been her dream to become a physician. Although she was an outstanding student throughout her high school years - ranking consistently in the top three slots in her class of nearly 400 students, she failed to score high enough in the national high school graduation examination to qualify for a slot in the university where she could study medicine.
We believe that Dana's performance in the national exam does not accurately reflect her intelligence, commitment or capacity for hard work. She is currently living and working at Champey Academy while studying English language and literature at Human Resources University in Phnom Penh. It is our hope to help Dana improve her English proficiency sufficiently to qualify her for admission to a pre-med program at a university outside of Cambodia.
Yu is 22 years old and graduated in 2012 from Baphnom District High School in rural Prey Veng province.
He is currently studying for a degree in business at Human Resources University in Phnom Penh and is working part time as an instructor in traditional dance at our Champey Academy of Arts.
To save on his living expenses, Yu sleeps at night in the classroom of our arts school, as do several other of our scholars from rural Prey Veng province.
Serey is 20 years old and is about to complete his second year of a four year program in banking and finance at Human Resources University in Phnom Penh.
He comes from rural Prey Veng province where his parents are farmers. He is the third of six children in the family. He works part time as an assistance instructor of traditional dance at our Champey Academy of Arts. To save on his living expenses, Serey, along with four of our other students from Prey Veng who also work at Champey, lives at the school and sleeps in the classroom at night.
Born Lai Yi
Lai Yi is now in the final year of a three year program to become a nurse midwife. She will complete her studies at the Institute of Health Sciences of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces in December of 2015. As part of her practical training, she has assisted in numerous childbirths.
Sokha has completed the first year of a four year program in banking and finance at Human Resources University in Phnom Penh.
His parents are farmers in rural Prey Veng province. He is the youngest of three children. He works as a musician and assistant music instructor at Champey Academy and lives at the school, sleeping at night in the classroom.
Saorith is 20 years old and has completed her first year of a four year program aimed at earning a bachelor's degree in Agriculture at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh.
Her parents are farmers in rural Prey Veng province and Saorith hopes to work in rural development after she completes her university studies.
Last August, Thy completed the first year of a four year program in banking and finance at the National Institute of Business in the Stung Meanchey district of Phnom Penh. At the end of her first year of study, Thy was ranked #7 in her class of 60 students.
She lives with a relative in Phnom Penh and, to pay her share of the household expenses, she works seven mornings per week at a sporting goods shop and earns a monthly salary of just $60.
Sdoeurn has just started her third year of a four year program aimed at earning a degree in accounting at Vanda Accounting Institute in Phnom Penh.
Sdoeurn's parents are farmers in rural Prey Veng province but Sodeurn hopes that her degree will allow her to pursue a career in accounting.
Sdoeurn, shown above in her dance costume, works part time as an assistant instructor in traditional dance at our Champey Academy.
Srey Vin grew up in Phnom Penh where she and her AIDS afflicted mother received support, since 2001, from Kasumisou Foundation's AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP). She graduated from high school in the autumn of 2014. Throughout her academic career, Srey Vin has consistently ranked at or near the top of her class. Following her high school graduation, she enrolled in the Royal University of Agriculture where she is pursuing a degree in food science. Srey Vin suffers from a congenital deformity causing one leg to be shorter than the other. Despite this handicap she commutes one hour each way by bicycle between her home and her university every day.
Peav Tip Sella
Srey Poch is now in the second year of her four year program in banking and finance at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh.
Srey Poch was a consistently excellent student thoughout her primary school and secondary school years. In her university studies, she continues to be a very serious and committed student.
She grew up in Phnom Penh with her mother and younger sister. Her father died in January 2002 while under the care of our AIDS Patients Family Support Program (FSP). Srey Poch and her family continued to receive support from our FSP throughout her childhood.
Srey Poch works part time at our Champey Academy of Arts in Phnom Penh, where she uses her strong English language skills to greet foreign guests at Champey and to explain to them the school's program and mission.
Dararith is currently in the final year of a four year program aimed at achieving a degree in law. His ultimate goal is to work as an attorney.
Since he was a young boy, Dararith's family was supported by our AIDS Patients Family Support Program (FSP). His father, mother and younger brother all passed away while in the care of our program, leaving Dararith and his younger sister, Srey Nhieng, to live under the care of their grandparents.
About three years ago Dararith entered the monkhood to honor his mother, without whose guidance, he felt that he would likely have fallen victim to the same influences which lead so many children of the poor in Phnom Penh into trouble and wasted lives.
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