Introduction – 1st September 2017
Park Ratana is sponsored by John Michael from USA at US$50 per month:
Ratana is a 5-year-old boy born in 2012 and lives in Angela village with his grandma who is not his real grandma. He has no known parents and Choice provided milk to his grandma when he was a baby until he was 3 years old.
He enjoys coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center. He has been attending Choice kindergarten for almost a year now. He has been learning to read, write and pronounce the English alphabet. He likes to play marbles and dice games.
Photo taken 1st September 2017
Ratana with his new school year uniform, October 2017
John meets Ratana and helps him to learn how to write letters, 17th November 2017
John gives Ratana and other kids a new notebook, 21st December 2017
John gives Ratana a jump rope, 21st December 2017
John says goodbye to Ratana as he catches the Choice water truck after lunch to spend the afternoon at government school, 21st December 2017
Ratana at the new kindergarten, having lunch, 1st February 2018
Ratana at the new kindergarten, coloring, 1st February 2018
Ratana at the new kindergarten, with his colored fish – 1st February 2018
Ratana graduated from grade 1 at our choice school and has moved to grade 2 – 17th October, 2018
When his sponsor John came to visit Cambodia for the first time, he bought a cheap second hand bicycle for $35 from St 107, near St 182 where many bicycle shops are located. This proved to be a convenient and fun way for him to explore Phnom Penh and avoid the costs and hassles of using motos and tuk tuks all the time. Then when he left, he donated the bike to Choice to be given to one of the kids.
The bike now has a new proud and careful owner Houn Sokheng. He had to work hard at Choice school for 6 months before he was allowed to be given a bike. He did so and now loves his bike a lot.