It all started when…
You know, my family comes from Prey Veng Province. I was born there on July 06, 2003. There are 7 members in my family including me, my parents, my older brother and three sisters. I'm the fourth child. Presently, we are living in a rental room in Domnak Thom village where the old garbage dumpsite used to be. My father is a construction worker and my mom is a housewife.
Before moving to live in Phnom Penh city, my father was a farmer, and my mom sold vegetables from our garden to make a living. Because my parents couldn't make a lot of money, they couldn't send us to school. Then, my older sister, Sreyny and my brother, Vancha came to live in Phnom Penh with my big uncle who was living near the former dumpsite area at Steung Meanchey. My uncle knew a lot about CCF. So, he wanted my brother and sister to attend school. Then, they went to CCF for the interview. Luckily, my brother and sister were accepted into CCF's full education program. However, after a long while, they decided to quit school and started to earn money to help support the family.
At that time, our living condition was getting worse, so my parents decided to move to Phnom Penh in the hope of finding better jobs. And started living in Steung Meanchey. They were working at the construction site and the income could barely cover the rental house, food and our study. Pa Scott had heard about our hardship, so he allowed us to live in CCF’s World Housings for free. We are very grateful for that. What makes us happy the most is that we keep receiving support from CCF. We can study in the full education program and get study materials, school uniforms, bread, soup, and rice regularly. We also can see the doctor and dentist for free.
Right now, I'm in the 8th grade at NCA while my older sister, Sreyneang, is studying in grade 12. And, my little sister, Sreyrun is studying at Back Block. At school, there are many subjects to learn but my favorite one is English. However, I'm still having a hard time trying to speak and understand English speakers. I'm a bit worried when I go abroad in July. I hope I can understand and learn a lot from other students. I also expect to learn about their cultures, leadership and other interesting things. I can't wait to go there! When they announced my name I thought I heard wrong, I was thrilled. I did feel bad about the students that did not get selected.
I also would like to tell you a bit more about myself. I like the colors blue and red. My favorite dishes are: pizza, fried chicken, and sour soup with fish. In my free time, I like reading books, watching TV and playing with my friends at our school. When I grow up, I want to be a tour guide because I can practice English and travel to many places.