Tony, Channa, and Srey in Phnom Penh
Dear CCEdFund Family on GlobalGiving,
I hope all is well! I am excited to give you an update on our students’ progress in the last few months. Recently, Jessica (my sister) and I recently traveled to Cambodia to visit our schools, students, and potential new partners. This update has plenty of pictures of our inspiring students. Our trip was an inspiring reminder of the power of providing scholarships for impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students – they are dreaming of achieving amazing things for Cambodia because they now have the opportunity to develop skills to become leaders. All 22 of our students have the potential to dramatically improve Cambodia when they finish their studies.
In Phnom Penh, CCEdFund is funding scholarships for 6 students, who formerly lived on a trash dump, to attend three different schools. Sokha and Kuch are in middle school at an excellent international private school where they have skyrocketed to the tops of their classes, but only due to their grueling self-designed study schedules. When we visited each day during our trip, Jessica and I worked with both students who were mastering their subjects and telling us about their dreams when they graduate from high school (going to university, etc.). In fact, Sokha will be featured in a film called 10x10 about the power of educating girls! CCEdFund is extremely proud to be sponsoring one of the girls who is a part of this film project. Four other students attend a Cambodian-run private elementary school in Phnom Penh where they are preparing for middle school. Against the odds, they too have risen to the tops of their classes (2, 5, 8, and 24th).
In Siem Reap, CCEdFund continues to provide scholarships to 16 students. Twelve students are enrolled in language and literacy school where they are learning the skills necessary to then begin studying more substance. They are excelling faster than we anticipated and many will be able to switch to a more challenging school next year. The three second graders who we support (Somalin, Raksa, and Kosal) are eager leaders in their class. Their teacher, Ms. Judy, attributes their progress this year to comfort with their small class size, curiosity, and the support of their homes. Vatey, the fourth student at the private international school in Siem Reap, leads her middle school class by example with study habits that make you believe she will be the architect she dreams of becoming.
Thank you very much for your continued support of CCEdFund’s urgent work. As we sketch our plans for the 2011-2012 school year, your generosity will allow us to reach even more impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students who, now given the opportunity to study, will be ready to become Cambodia’s leaders.
With kind regards and sincerest thanks,
Sokha Studying in Phnom Penh
Kuch learning piano at school in Phnom Penh
Countryside in Cambodia
Channa taking a test in school - she earned a 100%
Kosal sharing his report
Somalin delivering her poem in Siem Reap
Raksa eager to answer a question in Siem Reap