“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope."
KimSan is well known to many of our visitors to Cambodia thanks to her friendly outgoing spirit and her constant desire to improve herself. She comes from a very poor town close to the Thai/Cambodian border and her mother wasn’t able to send her to school because there wasn’t enough money for it. She met Savong who took her to the SOC Children’s Home where she was given a place to live so she could attend the local government school. We recognized how ambitious KimSan was and we decided to support her to stay in Siem Reap while she attended school. She is now in her second year of her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of SouthEast Asia. She recently moved out of the Happy Sunshine Organization and supports her food and living expenses by teaching at a local primary school. She would love to like to teach English literature as a career. She is a true role model for all the young women who follow in her path.
We didn’t look for Cheat … he came looking for us! He found Duncan Stuart (from the Savong School) on the internet when he realized that there were better educational opportunities in Siem Reap which weren’t available in his small village. Duncan arranged for him to stay at the SOC Children’s Home until the Savong Foundation offered him a scholarship to stay at the Savong Student Center and attend the Future Bright International School. Cheat was at the top of his class and was the Student Manager of the Student Center for two years in a row. Two years ago, he moved down to Phnom Penh and is currently studying Marketing at the University of Cambodia. In his spare time, he works as a distributor which pays for his food and rent.
Krouch has been part of the Savong family for many years. I first met her as a happy but shy girl at the SOC Children’s Home where she lived because her parents couldn’t afford to look after her and send her to school. The Savong Foundation gave her a full scholarship to live in Siem Reap and she attends the Future Bright International School. She has matured into a confident young woman who never stops smiling! Krouch is in Grade 12 and hopes to go to university in Siem Reap to study teaching.