We’re proud of all our students and we consider every one of them a success. However, these are a few of the special stories that make our work so rewarding.
“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.
Dr. Steve Maraboli
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 where attends the Build Bright University. This year she completed her Associate’s Degree and is entering into the Bachelor’s Program. She teaches English at the Happy Sunshine Organization and would like to teach English literature as a career.
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 is at the top of his class and has been the Student Manager of the Student Center for two years in a row. This year, he is in Grade 12 and next year, he hopes to study Marketing in Phnom Penh and possibly get an international scholarship to study abroad.
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 attend the Future Bright International School and she has matured into a confident young woman who never stops smiling! We put her in the position of Student Manager for the other young scholarship women and she reports back to us about how they are doing. Krouch recently graduated from Grade 9 and she hopes to go to university in Siem Reap to study teaching.