Tuesday 23 July 2019

After project phase out, this local authority is committed to continue the work

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.

Tuesday 23 July 2019

A mother’s active participation in her child’s education produces a young role model

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.

Tuesday 4 June 2019

It is Never Too Late to Learn!

Loeur Saveth is not the typical second grade student at her primary school in Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia. That is because Saveth is a 22-year-old woman. Saveth, the youngest of nine siblings, was born deaf and does not speak. Growing up, she never attended school because there were neither specialized schools nor teachers who knew how to support students with hearing loss in or around her community.

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Positive Change is Possible: The Trauma of Domestic Abuse

Pausing from reading a book while sitting in a hammock, Thida* (name given by author to protect the child), a 13-year-old girl, told us that she loves her parents, especially her father because he is now taking good care of her and her siblings.

Thursday 30 May 2019

Sign Language Brings Optimism to Isolated Students

One morning, a young boy named Sela sits on the stairs at his home in Chamkar Ou commune in Pursat province. This was the first time we met him, but we could not communicate with one another. Sela is seven years old, and lives with profound hearing loss. The staff of Krousar Thmey, trained in Cambodian Sign Language, tried to communicate with him using signs, but still there was no response. He has never learned any sign language to communicate with people outside his family.