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.

Wednesday 29 May 2019

A Grandmother’s Support for Community Preschool

Mrs. Chab Chheng is a 68-year-old grandmother and resident of Sdok Khlouk village located in a remote district of Pursat Province, Cambodia. Mrs. Chheng is widowed, and she suffers from poor health related to complications from malaria contracted when she was a child. She has six adult children, but most of them live away from home. Mrs. Chheng lives next door to her second youngest daughter, Sreyhom, along with Sreyhom’s husband and their three children.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

A Young Teacher’s Commitment

“I never believed that I could do it,” said Chhoeung Channy as she reflected on her path to becoming a community preschool teacher in her village in Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia. Channy did not have any experience teaching before taking the position, but she has quickly become recognized as the best and youngest community preschool teacher involved in the project in Kampong Chhnang. Although other teachers have more experience teaching, Channy’s passion, commitment, and dedication to her community have made her an outstanding preschool teacher. However, her journey to success required a great deal of dedication and hard work.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Difficulty Remembering New Things: Sreyneang' Story

Tha Sreyneang, nine years old, smiles at us from her bicycle as she slowly passes on her ride to school – a four-kilometer journey. Sreyneang is in second grade at Kaoh Voat primary school, but at nine years old, Sreyneang is older than most of the other students in second grade. Sreyneang’s parents did not enrol her in school when she was the appropriate age, mostly because they did not have time to take her. She only started to attend first grade when she was eight years old and able to travel to school by herself.