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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.