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Sitting in the home-based classroom under her traditional stilt home, Mrs. Vet Savin, a community preschool teacher becomes melancholic while describing her previous life and poor background.
Ms. Laiki smiles at us when we met her in the narrow library of Kompong Khneas Primary School, a floating school on the vast, freshwater Tonle Sap Lake, located around 45 kilometers from the provincial capital of Pursat town. She playfully tells us this is the first time she has smiled since becoming a preschool teacher six months ago.
Sorn Panha Reach is a six-year-old boy studying in first grade at Kokor primary school. He and his family live in Chamkar Samsib Village close to the Mekong River in eastern Cambodia. Enthusiastically, little Panha told us that he enjoys reading picture books.
Ms. Ngek Youm, 59, rides her motorbike about twelve kilometers from her home to the village, first crossing the river and then riding through rice fields before finally reaching the villager’s houses. Her destination is Boeng Khek Village in Peam Mean Chey Commune in Prey Veng Province – located in the southeast of Cambodia near the border with Vietnam. Ms. Youm would always get dirty while riding along the muddy road during the raining season, or become covered in dust during the hot dry season. However, Ms. Youm was not too concerned about the dirt.
Srei Ros is 17 years old and comes from a family of farmers. She lives in Kor Commune in Tboung Khmum province with her parents and five siblings: two sisters and three brothers. Her father works in the rice fields, while her mother cooks and sells Ansorm Ang, Cambodian rice cakes. Providing for such a big family is not easy and they often struggled to make ends meet.
Save the Children's third annual End of Childhood Index compares the latest data for 176 counties-more that any other year-and assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on childhood. This report includes case studies of counties that have made strong progress in improving children's well-being in recent decades.