Being a young parent is difficult, even when you have access to social services which empower parents to provide optimal care for child development and family support available. Imagine the added difficulty, vulnerability and fear when teenagers – just girls themselves – are thrust into this reality. This is the situation for tens of thousands of girls in Cambodia who become pregnant before they are adults – a situation that not only ends their own childhood, but puts their young babies at increased risk.
“Valentine’s day is the time to show love to others,” says Chet Kanhchna, a young singer-songwriter and celebrity idol in Cambodia. “Have you ever thought of showing that love to you, yourself? Love and respect yourself,” she urges.
“Glasses help me to see clearly and improve my learning outcomes. I have gone from being a slow learner to helping slow learners in my class and my village,” added Phallon with a smile. “I want to be a teacher to help my village access quality education.”
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