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Latrobe University Melbourne, Australia

Each year students from Latrobe University Melbourne, Australia come to learn about Cambodian culture and meet with Cambodian University students.

This year there were two groups 21 in total, staying in Cambodia from late November to mid-December. Choice Cambodia had the pleasure of providing in country program assistants to provide some local knowledge, appreciation of humanitarian needs and a sample of the local cuisine.

It was a real pleasure, both Group 1 & 2 were keen to learn and experience the local culture. I am sure in the future many will return, pictured below are Group 1 on the walking tour and Group 2 dining out in traditional Khmer style.

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Pictured are Group 2, Isabel Legro, Gemma Wakefield, Miranda Sordella, James Graham, Kate Powell, Simon Russell, Nathan Savage, Dom Brown, and Bridget Rollason from Latrobe University on the 8th December, with Chem Sammithi second from the right. Chem is a Khmer neurologist, and offered his time to travel with CHOICE to examine a 4 year old boy that has suffered severe brain damage due to vacination at the age of 2 months. Chem has recomended we arrange brain scans to determine what can be done for the boy.

After visiting Puntheary’s house and meeting orphan baby Ratana, Group 2 met a newborn baby girl about 12 hours old, her mum is unable to breastfeed and has lost four babies before, all under the age of 4 months old. So later we gave her Formula milk, a baby bottle, dummy and baby clothes. Group 2 also enjoyed handing out clothing to 60 families in the last Village.


Latrobe University Melbourne Australia are currently visiting Cambodia, as mentioned in earlier posts they have sponsored one of our Village girls into Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Split into two groups, group 1 decided to visit the hut where Punthery lives to meet her family and present Puntheary with a Laptop. Pictured below are members of group 1. They are: Jarryd Allan, Danica Smith, Caitlin Rodaughan, Angelica Simmonds, Catlyn Egan, Nicki Everist, Nic Stephens and Jamon Couch. Thanks to all these students and to Latrobe University.

Four Year Scholarship for Putheary

After the separation of her parents Putheary and her sisters and brother’s life changed dramatically. The family moved to a squatter’s village. Being extremely poor and wanting an education for her children, the mother placed them in an Orphanage.

The family hut is on a dusty roadside in Kandal province, about 1 hour outside of Phnom Penh the capital city of Cambodia. They have no land or property and are one of the 200 families that are helped by CHOICE Cambodia, Choice Family Singapore and Choice Family Germany.

Putheary now 20, speaks English and is an Apsara dance instructor, the traditional Khmer dance. She has successfully completed year 12 and wanted further education.

Putheary and her family are well known to CHOICE, we are at these villagers nearly every day. She was selected to be the recipient of the 4 year scholarship at Norton University, Phnom Penh Cambodia, provided by LaTrobe University Melbourne, Australia.

On the 28th August she registered with Norton University and will commence her first semester in late October 2012. Putheary will attend the College of Arts, Humanities and Languages, which offers a four year academic program in education, majoring in English.

The scholarship provides the funding of fees, books, uniforms and incidentals such as travel. Putheary and the CHOICE family are extremely grateful to LaTrobe University and Mr. Robert Wightman of Norton University, many thanks. We believe that Putheary is a very worthy person to have received this Scholarship.