More than 1,000 children helped to go to school
Hello again from Cambodia.
I can’t believe it is June already and almost half the year is over already! The time sure does go by fast, doesn’t it? Before any more time goes by I just wanted to write and say thank again you for supporting M’Lop Tapang through the donation you made in the past. Because of people like you we continue to be able to help disadvantaged Cambodian girls and boys here; children like Buntha*.
Buntha was a just a small boy when he moved with parents and seven sibling from a neighboring province to Sihanoukville several years ago. Like many poor rural families, they moved here hoping for a better life. When they first arrived here the entire family worked on the streets collecting plastic bottles and tins cans to recycle. Their situation improved slightly when his father started earning an income as a motorcycle taxi driver and Buntha was able to start going to school.
A while ago, our Outreach Team social worker was surprised to see Buntha working on the streets again. Buntha told us that he really wanted to go to keep going to school but his family could not afford it. Although public school is officially free for all Cambodian children, families are still required to pay for school uniforms, books and supplies. For many of the poorest families even these costs prevent them from sending their children for an education.
After our Outreach and Education teams met with Buntha’s family it was decided that he would benefit from being in M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program. The programs helps families in sending their children to school by providing all the necessary school supplies, as well as regular follow up by our social workers. The program is currently helping 1,050 Cambodian boys and girls to stay in school.
Buntha, now 14 years old, is doing great in school. He is in Grade 5 and just last month scored in the top 10% in his class. After he gets home after school he helps his mother and father with housework and every night spends time teaching his younger brothers and sister. In the future he wants to be a policeman when he grows up.
From Buntha and all of us here at M’Lop Tapang, thank you very much.
*name and photo changed for confidentiality
Providing books, bags, uniforms, and shoes,
Many families leave the countryside for the city
Many can't afford to send their children to school