Transformation Tuesday: Chamroeun

“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 money and they couldn’t afford to send me to school. My father died when I was young. My mother could hardly ever make it back home, and when she first did I didn’t even recognise her.

“When I was older my aunt took me to live with her in Steung Meanchey. It wasn’t a good place but a good thing did happen – I was accepted into CCF. It makes me so happy that I can play with all of my friends and study hard so I have a better future. And now I see my mother and my new little sister so I am much happier. I love drawing buildings, and one day I would like to be an engineer so I can bring my drawings to life!”


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