Sattya’s marathon dream comes true

25/11/2016

“It’s been my dream to run a marathon since I was little and saw one on a TV, but I never thought it would happen,” says Sattya, now a friendly and confident young man of 19, in his excellent English. “When I was 4 my family were robbed and lost everything. Between the ages of…

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Transformation Tuesday: Srey Pov

23/11/2016

“I found this photograph recently. It was the first photo ever taken of my family – we dressed up and went to the pagoda to get it. I was about 8, I’m the one with short hair. But though we look happy, we weren’t really. My father was always away from home trying to earn…

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A marathon effort

10/11/2016

Soursdey (hello)! We are Sattya, Norain, Srey Pov, Sophea, Srey Nak, Bunthing, Sing and Sopheanea. We are a team of 8 young Cambodians (and our English coach, Jaime) running the Angkor Wat Half Marathon on behalf of Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF). 7 of us come from poor families who couldn’t afford to send us to…

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Transformation Tuesday: Lita

“See the house behind me? I live there with my family. That’s my little sister, but she’s too shy to come down. We didn’t always have a nice house like this. When I was young we lived in a village in the country, and my mother worked long hours every day as a scavenger. There…

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Transformation Tuesday: Leaving Phnom Penh

03/11/2016

“For me, right now, it is enough – but I want more for my children,” Phan Bopha. This quote sums up the dreams of many Cambodian mothers, but through sheer determination and hard work, Bopha and her husband have taken themselves from near destitution to an independent life in a new home in the countryside.…

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Transformation Tuesday: Lika

26/10/2016

“My parents moved to Steung Meanchey before I was born to work in construction, because they couldn’t survive on the money from the rice harvest in their village in the countryside. Construction was hard work but not well paid, and they didn’t have a home so they slept at different construction sites, always moving. “My…

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Safe at last… now the hard work begins

21/10/2016

These two brothers, just 4 and 5, were found abandoned a few days ago, clinging to each other amidst the danger and filth of a garbage dump. It was like stepping back into a much bleaker time, when the Steung Meanchey landfill was still open and finding deserted children was far more common. When that…

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Transformation Tuesday: Srey Rath

18/10/2016

Many of us will remember the excitement of trying on a school uniform for the first time, but for our new students at CCF it can mean so much more. It’s often the moment it hits home that their dream of getting an education is actually going to happen – a dream that their parents…

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Transformation Tuesday: Chamroeun

11/10/2016

“I wish I had spent more time with my parents when I was little. My father ran away with another woman when I was a baby, and my mother had to move to Phnom Penh to find work to earn money for us, leaving me in the countryside with my grandparents. But there wasn’t much…

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Happy World Teachers’ Day!

06/10/2016

“Education is a very powerful weapon. Not only can it change the lives of poor kids, but it can change their families, their community, their country and even their world.” We agree with our superstar teacher, Phay Sophat. Education is indeed a weapon, and our 70 strong army of teachers are at the forefront of…

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Transformation Tuesday: Song

“I was often sad when I was a little boy. My family were always moving all over Cambodia, trying to make money. My parents sold vegetables but didn’t earn enough to feed our big family. There were 8 of us, until my older brother got sick and died. I would make friends and have fun…

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Transformation Tuesday: Srey Mon

05/10/2016

“I’m from a big family with six older brothers and sisters. Things were always tough. There wasn’t enough food and we couldn’t study. One of my brothers had to move to Thailand to try and find work. “I was luckier. I am proud that I can now study with my friends at CCF and public…

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