This month we bring you a personal thank you from a recent bike recipient, Pheung Sopheavy. She is also supported by our Girls' Access to Education scholarship program.
I am now in 12th grade at Dom Dek High School and I am the only child of the family who can stay in school this far. All of my siblings dropped out at primary school level to help earn income to support the family. I have been in scholarship program since I was in 8th grade and I would have dropped out just like my brothers and sisters if I didn’t get scholarship from the program.
None of my family members has a regular job; they all do seasonal labor work on other people’s farm and can earn from $2 to $2.50 per day. I also work like them during school vacation. This seasonal income is not enough to support the big family, let alone supporting my education which gets more and more expensive the higher grade I reach. I am very grateful to the program for covering all these expenses for my family by providing me with school uniforms, study materials, monthly stipend, tuition money, and a bicycle on September 27, 2011 when I passed from 11th to 12th grade.
When I was in 11th grade, I studied at Popel Upper Secondary School near home, but the school has only up to 11th grade, so I had to move to Dom Dek High School which is about 15km or 20km away from home to continue 12th grade, the last grade of high school. Normally for students who stay from 8km up from school are illegible to stay in residential home near school rented by the program, but since I need to help with household chores when other family members go to look for work, I asked the program not to stay in residential home and commute to school daily on the bike provided by the program. Without this bike, I would have difficulty balancing schooling and household chores, so my family and I are very appreciative for the bike and we promise to take very good care of it.
I would like to sincerely thank the program for the right intervention and all the advocacies as well as encouragement given to my family that helps my mother see the value of education and allow me stay in school this far. With financial support and spiritual support from the program and my family, I can see a significant improvement in my study from year to year. Last year I ranked between 7th to 10th in the class, and this year I get second and third place every month out of 50 students. I commit to continue to study hard to return your favor and to be able to support my own family in the future as well as to help develop my country.
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