Yeng Somnang is sponsored by Jonno Smalley from Leicestershire, England at US$50 per month. Jonno is a friend of Neil Burns who sponsors Chea Kanha.
Somnang is a 7-year-old boy born in 2013 and lives in No Truck village with his parents. His father is a fishermen and his mother is a factory worker. He studies in grade 1 at Government school and Choice school. Somnang likes to play football in his free time and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
Somnang near his home. November 2020
Somnang is learning the English alphabet both upper and lower case. He had learnt up to letter Hh when the school had to close again for 2 weeks due to a new covid outbreak. He will learn letter Ii when school reopens again.
Math Dara is sponsored by Nathan McQuay from Phnom Penh at US$50 per month:
Dara is a 10-year-old boy, born in 2010 and lives in No Truck village with his mother and his older sister, who also studies at our school at the Choice Center. His father is a fisherman in Thailand. He has been away from Dara and his family for more than 2 years. His mother has no job.
Dara is a grade 2 student at our charity run school and grade 3 at Government school. He spends half a day at each school. He enjoys coming to both schools on the water truck. He has been attending our Choice school for almost 3 years now. Dara is able to read short children’s story books in both Khmer and English in our library. Dara likes to play football in the school grounds with his friends during break times.
Introduction – 1st September 2019 Phea Jeak is sponsored by Kong Ly from America at US$50 per month. Jeak is a 5-year-old boy born in 2014 and lives in Angela village with his parents. His father is a construction worker and his mom is a housewife. He enjoys coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center. He has been attending Choice kindergarten for 3 months now. He has been learning to read, write and pronounce the English alphabet. He likes to play football, Frisbee and marbles. He has one younger brother and he is too young to know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Thorn Chen is sponsored by Rob from England for $50 per month.
Chen was born in 2010. He has one sibling, an older sister who also studies at Choice called Neth. They both live with their grandparents in “No Truck village”. Their mother left them when he was 6 months old and never comes back to see them. Their father came to visit them over 2 years ago and not been back to see them since. Chen is in grade 2 now both at Choice school and government school. He really enjoys coming to school on the Choice water truck.
His favorite subject is Maths and he enjoys drawing. He wants to be an architect when he grows up.
Kolap is sponsored by the Matthews Family from Queensland, Australia. Began from 14th February, 2019 at US$50 per month.
Kolap (her first name) born on 8th July, 2007. She lives in No Truck village with her mom who is looking after 5 children alone (her dad suffered a major head injury in traffic accident 10 years ago, he can no longer remember anyone’s name is his family. Kolap has 4 older brothers. She enjoys coming to school by the Choice water truck to study at the Choice Center and the government school.
Kolap is currently in Group B and she was the top student among 35 kids in her class last year in Group C. She wants to be a doctor in the future.
In Group C she started computer class. First she learns about Microsoft Word and then learns to type on a Qwerty keyboard. She learns to type in English without looking at the keyboard and is also learning how to type Khmer language by using the same English keyboard. She has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful. There are a lot more letters in Khmer than English, 33 consonants and 26 vowels, so she has to learn a lot of multiple key combinations!
In Group B computer class she learns more advanced Microsoft Word and also learns new applications Photoshop and PhotoScape, which is a fun and easy photo editing software used to fix and enhance photos.
Matthews Family – February 2019
Alana Matthews and Kolap at Choice Cambodia – January 2019. Alana visited Choice as a trainee teacher from her University as part of an exchange program.
Kolap and friends had a swimming lesson -15th December 2018
Kolap has received a pack of colored pencil as a reward (She got the best attendant record for her class in the previous month)- 13th February 2019
Kolap is doing really well in Computer Class. She knows how to type both in Khmer and English using Microsoft Word. She is now learning how to use Photoshop – 15th February 2019
Kolap has enjoyed her trip to Safari Phnom Penh – 25th May, 2019
Update – 7th March, 2020
Kolap is now a student in grade A, our top level before going to government school full time when starting grade 7. She is a good and hard working student. She really likes to study all the subjects that her teachers teach. Kolap always goes to school every school day. Though sometimes she been absent when she has been sick. But when she comes back she always borrows her friend’s book to copy all the words and sentences to catch up. She is good at reading and drawing. She can draw pictures with English words without needing to translate from Khmer. This is a good and easy way for her to understand the meaning of words and remember them too. She also likes to eat rice at school between classes.
In her Group A computer class, she is learning to use Microsoft Excel. Her lessons are designed to help improve her English language skills as well as learning some of the technical aspects of creating spreadsheets.
After her Choice cooked lunch, if she has time she likes to visit the Choice library to practice her reading. If a volunteer is available they can assist her reading and help with any words she is not familiar with.
November 2020. Kalap has now reached grade 7 at her government school, which means she now attends there for the whole day. Whenever a Choice student reaches grade 7 they no longer have a half day spare to attend Choice school, so that’s when they leave Choice. Kolap has been a top student at Choice. We wish her well in the future.
We still provide transport support for her to government school and medical care for her and family. If at anytime she wants an apprenticeship we would help her, if she passes year 12 we would like to provide a scholarship to advance her career, this is what we like to be able to do. “KINDER TO CAREER”
We will keep posting further news about her below. Thank you again Alana Matthews and family for sponsoring Kolap and helping to fund the Choice school.
Houn Kanha is sponsored by Don Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month. Kanha is a girl born in 2008 and lives in No Truck village with her parents. Her father is a fisherman and her mother is a house wife. She has one younger sister. In the future, she wants to be a teacher.
Kanha has received some notebooks – 15th October, 2017
Kanha is very happy with her a new school uniform – 25th October, 2018
Kanha went to Kid City, her first time in a city – 20th September, 2017
Kanha had a swimming class – 3rd March, 2018
Kanha graduated from grade 5 and has moved to grade 6 at government school. She got new set of school uniform and notebooks – 20th October, 2018
Kanha got number 1 in her Phonics Mid-Exam, so she got a new school bag as a prize – 13th December, 2018
Kanha and her 9 friends had an amazing day at Safari Phnom Penh – 25th May, 2019
Kanha has passed her final English and Compter test for her Group B level and has moved to a higher lever (Group A). She was 1 of the top 10 students so she won a prize by having a trip to Phnom Penh Safari – 25th May, 2019
Kanha has received a complete new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019
Soeun Sreypao is sponsored by Natasha Lewis and Joe Hostead from England began from 16th June, 2018 at US$50 per month.
Natasha and Joe – 16th June, 2018
Natasha helped to teach kindergarten class – 12th June, 2018
Sreypao is a 6-year-old girl in Kinder (born in 2012) and she lives with her parents in Angela village. She has one younger brother and 3 younger sisters. Her father is a farmer and her mother works in a garment factory. In her free time, she likes to play cooking games with her friends. In the future, she wants to be a doctor.
Photo was taken December 2017
Sreypao in her kinder class – 25th December 2017
Sreypao with her friends (Sreypao, middle back) – December 2017
Sreypao always goes home by Choice water truck – December 2017
Sreypao outside her home in Angela village – 26th December, 2017
Sreypao at the new kindergarten, coloring – 1st February, 2018
Sreypao at the new kindergarten, with her colored fish – 1st February, 2018
Natasha and Joe had a short visit to Sreypao’s family – 16th June, 2018.
Sreypao is learning to write letter Qq – 16th August 2018
Sreypao is showing her friend how to spell ” glove” – 10th December, 2018
Sreypao has revieved a new pair of shoes and some notebooks from Natasha and Joe 5th April, 2019
Sreypao and her friends are enjoying making letters from plasticine – 26th June, 2019
Art Theara is sponsored by Tracey Velthuyzen from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month.
Theara is an 8 year old girl, born on 17th October 2010 in No Truck village. She most of the time travels to and from Choice school on the Choice water truck and she always has lunch at Choice School before she goes to learn Khmer lessons at government school. Theara passed her final exam (English alphabet, scored 97%) in kinder and she has moved to Grade 1. In Grade 1 class, she is now learning the sounds of the alphabet and soon she will learn how to read some very basic words, which contain only one vowel. She likes coloring and drawing in her free time. Theara would like to be an English teacher in the future.
Tracey Velthuyzen and Craig Lovelace
Art Theara – 5th February, 2018
Theara received a new set of school uniform – October, 2017
Theara received new school notebooks – October, 2017
Theara enjoys having lunch with her friends – November, 2017
Theara is doing really good in her class – 5th February, 2018
Theara at her house – 6th February, 2018
Theara is reading in her classroom – August, 2018
Theara got more school supplies as she graduated from grade 1 and has moved to grade 2 at government school – 16th October, 2018
Update November 2020
Theara is now in group C. She is good at writing, reading and drawing. Her writing is nice and clear together with pictures that she draws. She enjoys reading competitions and playing games. She is also a confident and enthusiastic student. When her teacher asks something or reviews a previous lesson, she always puts her hand up to reply. Her voice is smooth and clear. Her listening is good. She is a fairly quiet student who never disturbs her classmates.
Houn Sokheng is sponsored by from Allan and Muriel Falck from Argentina, beginning from 7th January 2018 at US$50 per month.
Sokheng is a 8 year old boy in kindergarten born on 6th February 2010.His dad is a fisher man and his mom is a housewife. Sokheng has one older brother and one younger sister and he likes to fly a kite in his free time with his brother and goes fishing with his dad. He always goes to school and comes back home by Choice water truck In the future he wants to be a pilot.
Sokheng in school uniform in front of his class – 30th December 2017
Sokheng in his class – 30th December 2017
Sokheng catches some fish for his family – 2nd January 2018
Chanthorn Sonita is sponsored by Natalie and Dom Larosa from Sydney, Australia beginning from 6th January 2018 at US$50 per month.
Sonita is a 10 year old girl in grade 1 born on 15th December 2007. She has 3 younger brothers and lives with her parents and brothers in Angela village. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. In her free time, Sonita likes reading phonics books and playing with her brothers. In the future, she wants to be an English teacher.
Natalie and Dom Larosa from Sydney, Australia.
Sonita in her school uniform – 3rd January 2018.
Sonita’s turn to read for her classmates – 4th January 2017
Sonita received notebooks for government school – November 2017
Sonita and her dad at home – 5th January 2018.
Sonita’s writing – 6th February, 2018
Sonita in her class – 7th February, 2018
Natalie and Don sent some school supplies to Sonita (Leanne Balkin helped to bring over to Choice)- March,2018.
Soniata introduced herself to her classmates as she has graduated her grade 1 ( scored: 90%) and moved to grade 2 – 23rd April 2018
Sonita practiced a conversation with her friend in class – 1st May, 2018
Sonita is a smart girl. She has passed her final English exam ( scored: 93%) and has moved to next level( Group B) – 17th September, 2018
Sonita is a quick learner, She loves computer class. She is now a typing expert both Khmer and English – 11th January, 2019
Thai Kim Mouy is sponsored by Gerardo Florez from Spain. Gerardo has been participating with Choice for many years.
Thai Kim Mouy is a 3-year-old girl, born in Angela village on 9th July 2014 (Thai is her family name), she has 3 older sisters and one younger brother. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a housewife. Most of the time, Kim Mouy comes to Choice school on the Choice water truck and she is learning the English alphabet in kinder. Even though Kim Mouy is a bit younger than other kids, she is smart and friendly.
Maegan and Kim Mouy (Looking at Maegan)
Kim Mouy on her first day at Choice school without uniform – September 2017
Kim Mouy received a new set of school uniform – 18th December 2017
Kim Mouy and classmates receive a new notebook, 21st December 2017
Devid is sponsored by Clancy and Len from Sydney, Australia began from 20th December, 2017 at US$50 per month.
Long Devid is a 7 year old boy (born in 2010) who lives in No Truck village (Long is his family name). He has one older sister and one younger sister, all of them come to the Choice school by the Choice water truck. His mother passed away about 2 years ago and his father doesn’t take care of them since he has another wife now. The three of them stay in one hut and are looked after by their old grandma. Devid doesn’t have much free time as he studies a half day at Choice school and another half at government school. He always helps to wash the dishes and clothes and he likes to play football in his free time. In the future, he wants to be an English teacher.
Clancy and Len from Sydney, Australia
Devid was hunting for food – July 2017
Devid received a new set of school uniform – 22 September 2017
Devid and his grandma (in front of their hut) – 18 December 2017
Devid learns shape names – 20 December 2017
Devid does Khmer homework at Choice School after lunch – 21 January 2018
Devid is happy to have a new pair of sandals after his old ones broke – 20th August 2018
Devid is learning about parts of the tree today – 4th February 2019.
Devid has received a new pair of shoes – 7th February, 2019.
Devid has received new note books from Clancy – 10th April, 2019
Devid was so happy to get a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019
Devid is learning to type on a Qwerty keyboard. He can type in English without looking at the keyboard and is also learning how to type Khmer language by using the same English keyboard. He has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful for him. There are a lot more letters in Khmer than English, 33 consonants and 26 vowels, so he has to learn a lot of multiple key combinations!
Devid is a hard working student in his English language class. He likes singing, colouring and playing educational games. When he learns songs from his teacher, he sings them in class louder than most other students. Even though he is not amongst the top students in his class in reading and writing, he follows music really well. He is really happy when his teacher lets him do colouring or playing games at the end of a lesson.
Heng Lina is sponsored by Kong Ly at US$50 per month.
Lina is a 5-year-old girl from No Truck village. She has no parents (they divorced and left her) and living with her old grandma who has no job. She comes to Choice school by the Choice water truck and really enjoys having lunch every weekdays at our center. She is sometimes lonely as she has no siblings to play with at home. She is now learning the English Alphabet in Kinder class and enjoys playing with her friends at school.
Photo was taken at her home on 17th October 2017
Kong Ly is her sponsor.
Lina got a new set of school uniform on 6th November 2017
Update – 22nd November 2017
Lina is a very well behaved girl and a quick learner. She has very beautiful hand writing and today she is learning how to write the capital letter Y.
Update – 7th July 2018
After the checked up. Dentist decided to pull out 4 bad milk teeth for Lina. She was very brave and had her teeth done in 15mn.
Updated – 1st August 2018 Lina and her classmates were waiting for their lunches.
Updated – 9th August 2018 Lina got a toothpaste and toothbrush every month. She has no teeth problem anymore.
Updated – 20 th August 2018
Lina is doing really good for her English Alphabet review and she hopes to pass the level test and move to grade 1 next year – 10th October, 2018
Lina has passed her final exam and moved to grade 1 – 3rd January, 2019
Chea Kanha is sponsored by Neil Burns from Leicester, England at US$50 per month
Kanha started at Choice in kindergarten. She was born in 2012 and she has one older brother and one older sister. Her mom is a housewife and her father is a truck driver. She lives in the last village (No Truck). She really enjoys coming to school by the Choice Water Truck. Kanha is the most polite and quiet kid in kinder and now she is learning to pronounce and write the English Alphabet.
Neil recently came first in a Cambodian marathon and he put the prize money towards sponsoring Kanha. He has also used previous marathon prize and sponsor money towards sponsoring another child at Choice.
Photo was taken on 6th August 2017
Neil brought some school materials for Kanha on the day he visited Choice in September 2017.
Kanha is in grade 1 and she just got a new set of school uniform.
Kanha got new notebooks for grade 1 at government school in 6th November 2017
Kanha is spending her half day learning English at the Choice Center and a half day more learning Khmer at the government school.
Kanha has received some school supplies from her sponsor Neil – 8th September, 2018
Kanha has received a new bag from her sponsor Neil – 18th September, 2019
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
Photo taken 12th January 2017, Ratana with Srey Pich and Lily.
Photo of baby Ratana with grandma in 2012.
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 grade2 – 17th October, 2018
Ratana has received a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019
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.
Sreynee is sponsored by Nicole Flanagan from Australia . Nicole pays AU$100/Month. The sponsorship is for only US$50/month but she is happy for Choice to put the rest of the money towards general school expenses.
Sreynee is a 4 year old girl in kinder. Her father is a fisherman and her step mother is a housewife. She lives with her father, step mother and two siblings in our last village (No Truck) since she was about 2 years old, after her mother passed away. She has one brother and one sister and she is the youngest one in her family. The three siblings enjoy coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center.
Picture was taken in 25th July 2017.
Nicole Flanagan is from Sydney, Australia. She had a short holiday in Cambodia and she came to visit Choice in August 2017 .
Sreynee just got a new set of uniform in October 2017.
Sreynee had a group photo after drop off by water truck – November 2017
Sreynee finished her English alphabets last week and now she is reviewing by writing them again – 9th February, 2018
Sreynee just got a new set of school uniform and school bag on her graduation day – 30th May, 2018
Sreynee has graduated from kindergarten. She is 1 of 10 students who graduated and has moved to grade 1 this week – 8th June, 2018
Sreynee has lovely hand writing in grade 1 and she is now learning the sounds of the alphabets – 8th June, 2018
Sambo Mathay is sponsored by Caiden Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month.
Mathay was born on the 24/10/15 he lives in the first Village with his parents and 2 brothers. Being a very poor family they squat on the Government roadside in a little 3mx3m tin hut. Education for the children is the best way for the family to get out of their situation. Like his brothers Mathay will attend the CHOICE and Government school to get a good education. Mathay is sponsored by Caiden Rosenfeldt from Sydney since the 23/12/16 at US$50pm.
Art Viroth is sponsored by Maison Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month..
Viroth was born on the 1/09/2016, he has one sister and she attends the CHOICE School. The father is a farm worker, they have no land so the father only gets work occasionally. The mother does not work now because she minds Viroth so the family would be lucky if they earn US$100 per month. They live in a little hut in the last Squatter Village.
Thorn Sokmee is a girl aged 8, living in Angela village. Her parents earn a meager income by taking care of other people’s ducks. She has three brothers. In her free time Sokmee enjoys reading stories. She is also interested in football. In the future, she wants to become a teacher.
Somvan Chanarith is a boy aged 10, living in No Truck village. When work is available his father does construction work while his mother can do factory work. He has one brother and one sister. In his spare time he likes to watch TV and play football. He has a dream of becoming a Policeman.
Sat Somatey is a girl aged 9, living in Cancer man village with her parents and four brothers. Her father is a provincial tuk tuk driver while her mother sells coffee. Somatey helps with her families small income by selling fruit, something she enjoys doing. Her other interests include running, drawing and colouring. When she is older she hopes to be a flight attendant.
Thy Srey Pich is sponsored by Gerardo from Spain for US$50 per month.
Srey Pich is 4 years old and lives with her Grandmother in the first Village. Her father gets work sometimes as a laborour and her mother works in a factory occasionally.
She is the youngest child in the family and has one brother. She has no idea of her birth date and many other things. She loves coloring and enjoys her other school work and is learning the English alphabet. She also loves the food we give out for lunch, she is very small for her age and we suspect she has been malnourished in the past.
Photo taken 12th January 2017, from left Ratana, Srey Pich and Lily.
Srey Pich just got a new set of school uniform in October 2017.
Thorn Sreyneth is sponsored by Rob from England for US$50 per month.
Sreyneth was born in April 2007. She has only one younger brother. Her mom lelf her when she was 2.5 years old and her younger brother was only 6 months and she never comes back to see them again. Her dad came to visit her and her brother 3 years ago and never comes back again too. She is living with her grandparents in No Truck village. In the evenings, her grandmother is tasked with preparing food for the whole family.
Every week day, Sreyneth makes the trip to the Choice centre in the Choice water truck. She studies in grade 2 at government school.
Much of her free time is spent washing clothes for her family members. Despite her devotion to helping at home, she still finds time for running, reading and drawing.
A girl who has deep respect for her teachers, Sreyneth’s aspiration is to follow in their footsteps. She may indeed be a Choice English teacher in years to come.
Update – 11th August 2017
Sreyneth is a happy and quiet girl but she becomes more confident and talkative now. Her grandparents brought her to live in another province and she missed the class about a week. Luckily her grandparents decided to come back to the village and let her come back to class. Finally, she still managed to pass her English exam.
Photo was taken in early August 2017
Sreyneth receives a new school uniform in October 2017
Update – 15th October 2017
Sreyneth has passed her Phonics and English exams in Grade 3 and she moved to Group C. She continues to learn more advanced English and Phonics and now also starts to learn computing. She is so excited with her computer class. She is currently learning to use a Qwerty keyboard and remembering its layout and is improving day by day.
Sreyneth is ready for her government school, she receives 8 notebooks for grade 4.
Sreyneth is doing really good at government school. She passed grade 3 and moved to grade 4 this year.
Sreyneth was very happy to receive a pen and a pencil – November 2017
Sreyneth is becoming an expert with Qwerty keyboards, she can type in English without looking at the keyboard and now she is learning how to type Khmer language by using English keyboard. She has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful for her – 9th February, 2018
Sreyneth and her friends had an amazing day at Safari Phnom Penh – 25th May, 2019
January 2021. Neth has now reached grade 7 at her government school, which means she now attends there for the whole day. Whenever a Choice student reaches grade 7 they no longer have a half day spare to attend Choice school, so that’s when they leave Choice. Neth has been a top student at Choice.
We still provide transport support for her to government school and medical care for her and family. If at anytime she wants an apprenticeship we would help her, if she passes year 12 we would like to provide a scholarship to advance her career, this is what we like to be able to do. “KINDER TO CAREER”.
Since officially leaving Choice, Neth has had few odd days recently when she is unable to go to government but instead took the opportunity to visit Choice and join a class.
Lily Pheab is a charming little girl aged 4, she wins every ones heart. She was originally sponsored by Richard Jones from Wales at US$50 per month. He started on 1/08/2014 and finished in March 2016. Lory and Max from Italy have taken over this sponsorship from April 2016.
Photo taken 12th January 2017, from left Ratana, Srey Pich and Lily.
Lily with her new school year uniform, October 2017.
Lily just passed her English final exam and now she is in grade 1.
Rom Reaksmey was sponsored by Tally Edwards (Koren) from England at US$50 per month until the end of March 2016.
Neil Burns has now taken on the sponsorship of Reaksmey from the beginning of July 2016.
Reaksmey is one of the poorer students from our Cancer Man village. She is 12 years old. In her free time, she likes reading books and drawing. Her favorite sport is running. Her favorite subject is English. She always comes to Choice on the water truck. Her parents are casual construction workers. She has two sisters and one little brother. She is in grade 4 at the government school and is in grade 1 at our Centre. She really loves studying at Choice and she wants to be an English teacher at Choice in the future.
This is Reaksmey in her new school uniform that was made at the Choice centre and given to her in early May 2016.
Friday 19th February was the beginning of a new life for Siengley Din from the middle Village. He begins an apprenticeship as a Sewing Machine Mechanic in Phnom Penh. The business sells and repairs sewing machines. Siengley is sponsored through CHOICE by Lory and Max from Italy February 2016. We hope he succeeds, he is a gentle boy with a charming nature and well deserves this opportunity.
Khom Chenda is sponsored by Neil and Jenny Hamlin and their daughters Jessica and Holly from New Zealand for US$50 per month, since February 2015.
Chenda was born in September 2002. She has been studying at Choice since 2012. She has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Chenda is the 5th child in her family. She lives in the “No truck” village.
Chenda likes reading, drawing, running and swimming. In the future she hopes to be an English teacher and would like to teach at the Choice Centre.
Chenda wrote a letter to her sponsors in Khmer. Her teacher then translated it in English.
Below photo of Jenny and Neil Hamlin with daughters Holly and Jessica.
Update 2017 – Chenda now attends government school full-time as she has now reached Grade 7, rather than just half a day for Grade 6 and below students. Therefore she is no longer able to come to the Choice Centre for the half day she previously had available.
Soem Sreynoy is sponsored by Gerado Flores from Spain at $50 per month:
Soem Sreynoy is 6 years old and studies in the CHOICE Center kindergarten. She was born in February 1st 2010 being one of twin girls. Sadly her twin sister died of the plague that swept Cambodia “Hand, Foot & Mouth” when she was 2 years old. There are 3 remaining siblings one boy and one girl Sreynoy being the youngest.
Her father is a fisherman and her mother is a factory worker, another cousin (Srey Peck) lives with the family as does the Grandmother and Grandfather.
Sreynoy wants to be a Teacher in the future, in her spare time she likes to read and color pictures.
Update – 11th August 2017
Sreynouy has just passed her English Alphabet test and moved to grade 1 from kindergarten. She is very happy with her new friends and she said she will try her best to pass the next level exam.
Sreynoy just passed her grade 1 English and phonics final exams in August 2017 and she is now in Grade 2.
Sreynoy just got a new set of school uniform,October 2017.
Sreynoy has reveieved a new pair of shoes – 5th December, 2019
Sreynoy and her friends are really enjoying to play at the new school- 10th June, 2019
Sambart Noa is a 5yo boy and was born blind on 10/07/2009, we have placed him in Krousar Thmey a school for the blind. His sponsorship costs are more than the others as he boards in at the school from Monday to Friday. There are fees and transport costs to get him to and from school weekends, a long way. In order to cover these costs Sambart has more than one sponsor.
On 1/11/2016 the first day of school this year Vanny took him in the Minibus as there were forms and fees to pay. Sambart now 7yo has commenced his third year and doing very well at Krousar Thmey, School. His Year starts on 1st November and finishes 30th September.
During the year Sambart has been ill several times requiring visits to the Doctor. He was a little naughty first year but has settled down now, he is very good now at school and at home on weekends.
Some quotes as he never stops talking:
“Mummy, why am I blind and the other children can see”
“I want to be a construction worker when I am older”
“I want to see just how fast the minibus is going”
“I want to look after my Grandma and cook her meals”
“I love my school it has better food and I love my teacher and more fun, I am the best football player”
Khorn Mengly is sponsored by Craig and Rachel Ray and son Myles from New Zealand for US$50 per month.
Mengly is a 12 year old boy who lives in a poor village. He currently lives with his grandma because it is a bit closer to the Choice Center than his parent’s house. He has been studying at Choice for 3 years. His favorite subjects are English and computer studies. He likes to read story books. He helps look after a small cow for his grandma. In the future, he wants to be a policeman. He wants all the people around him to have good security, so he will look after them well when he becomes a policeman.
Yorn Chanthou is sponsored by Noémie and Pascal Mettaz from Switzerland at GBP37 per month:
Chanthou is the youngest member of the family, she has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Chanthou thinks she was born in 2005 but not sure when. This is not uncommon to know when you were born as often no records of the birth are kept in Cambodia. They live in the last or furthest Village from the CHOICE Center, her parents are farmers and get occasional work in the rice fields.
Chanthou also uses the CHOICE truck for transport to and from school and attends Government school as well. She loves school and works hard and wants to be a Doctor. Her hobbies are painting and she also loves to swim.
Updated – 23rd May 2016
Chanthou has recently received a new school uniform from CHOICE. She is happy and doing well at both Government and CHOICE schools. She attends school every school day, below is a current photograph.
Updated – 24th May 2017
Chanthou has past her last English exam with an good result 30/35 in April 2017. She is a regular student and tries hard at her work always completing her homework and is very well behaved in class.
Update – 11th August 2017
Chanthou is not so shy as before and she always tries her best in class . She passed her English and Phonics exams and moved to the next level last week. She was very happy with her exam result 80%.
Chanthou is in her Art class.
Update – 24th October 2017
Chanthou receives her new school uniform
Update – 8th November 2017
Chanthou receives 10 notebooks for her grade 5 at government school.
Chanthou is doing really good at government school. She passed her grade 4 and moved to grade 5 this year.
Chanthou is in Computer class – 9th February, 2018
Chanthou is becoming an expert with Qwerty keyboards, she can type very fast in English without looking at the keyboard and now she is learning how to type Khmer language by using the same English keyboard. She has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful.
Poeun Srey Nich is sponsored by Ross Wright at US$50/month:
Srey Nich is a very small ten year old girl born in August 2005, she is from the first Village. Her mother and father now have low paid jobs at the Garment Factory. Srey Nich has a younger brother and its her responsibility to mind him and do the housework when she is not at school.
She likes eating carrots, playing games with her friends and attending the CHOICE School. She would like to learn how to swim. She is very clever and would like to attend University eventually.