Mork identifies as an ophan. She grew up with her mother and father until her father died when Mork was 13. Mork doesn’t get along with her stepfather so she went to live with cousins in Siem Reap city.
Mork had her first child when she was only 16 but the baby died very young. When she was 23, Mork adopted her brother’s young daughter, who he had with his first wife. Her brother didn’t want to raise his daughter with his new wife after he got remarried.
At the beginning, Mork struggled to take care of the young girl, who was only 14 months old when she was adopted. When the child got sick, Mork would lie awake with worry. She also found it very hard to discipline her new daughter, who often didn’t listen and didn’t want to study in school as she got older.
At WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER, Mork learned how to educate and discipline the child. She learned that there are ways to discipline without hitting. She also learned about family law, domestic violence, and gender rights, and how to tell a healthy relationship from an unhealthy relationship.
Mork says WRC helped her to be a better parent. When she is angry, she now speaks with the child and finds ways to solve problems without using violence. By teaching the child how to be peaceful, the child will know good ways to discipline her own children one day.
This Mother's Day, support a mother in Cambodia, like Mork, a chance to learn and grow, in honor of your Mom.
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