Homeless World Cup 2017: Seng Saray
CCF student Seng Saray is heading to the annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) to represent Cambodia in a 48 Nations football tournament in Olso, Norway this August. The Cambodian team is managed by CCF partner Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) and HFCA has been taking CCF players to the HWC since 2010.
“Things were tough when I was little. My parents died when I was very young, so my five siblings and I lived with my Uncle. I had to abandon my schooling, so I could work and bring in money for the family. Over time my sisters all moved to Phnom Penh, and eventually, I joined them there and helped my sister look after her baby.
“A few months later I ran away from home and went to my Aunt’s house. She asked me if I wanted to return to school again, and I immediately said yes. I always wanted to continue my education but had never had the opportunity. My Uncle and Aunt’s children studied at CCF, so they brought me there, and I met with Scott [Neeson]. I didn’t know any English then, so I spoke Khmer to him!
“CCF has changed my life very much, and also the life of my family. They don’t have to pay for me to study, and CCF supports me with uniforms and provides me with opportunities to go out into the community to work with other kids. I am very excited about going to the Homeless World Cup. I want to see what the differences are between Norway and Cambodia. I think it might be a very beautiful country!”
If you want to follow Seng Saray and his teammates’ adventures in Oslo this August then like the HFCA Facebook page.
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