Sokha - A New CCEdFund Scholarship Recipient
An Update from CCEdFund - Your support helps us provide exceptional scholarships to impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students!
In March, Carrie and Jennifer traveled to Cambodia with 3 other CCEdFund supporters to visit CCEdFund's students, check on schools, and meet with potential new partners and scholarship recipients. One of the most exciting parts of the trip was made possible because of your support - we were able to meet students whose scholarships we fundraised for through GlobalGiving and tell them that they had received scholarships for 2010-2011! Last December, you helped CCEdFund recruit the most donors during the GlobalGiving Open Challenge and CCEdFund was awarded an additional $3,000 on top of what you donated. You made it possible for CCEdFund to provide scholarships to even more impoverished Cambodian students! We traveled to Phnom Penh to tell our scholarship nominees that they had received their dream - an opportunity to attend an exceptional school.
Shortly before we arrived, we learned that Kuch (one of our potential students) continues to excel in her studies, but that CCEdFund would be able to fund different student - Sokha - instead of Davy. When we met Sokha, we were very impressed, and CCEdFund will fund scholarships for both Kuch and Sokha.
Like Kuch, Sokha lives at A New Day Cambodia, which is an NGO that provides her with food, shelter, and health care. Since coming to A New Day in 2007, Sokha has excelled in her studies, and she is ready to attend the more challenging Zaman school next fall (one of CCEdFund's partner schools). She is an orphan and a few of her siblings have also died. After living on the garbage dump outside of the city and struggling to survive, Sokha lives at A New Day with her younger sister and she is a clear leader. When she is not playing soccer, singing, or at the local school, she gathers and teaches a group of 10 younger girls at A New Day to share what she has learned that day. This August, Sokha will be entering the seventh grade with a strong academic background under her belt despite her difficult early childhood growing up on a garbage dump. In fact, she is consistently the top student in her class at the local school. CCEdFund selected her as a scholarship recipient because of her academic record, dedication to her studies, leadership skills, and her ambitions. We have no doubt that she will do amazingly well next year.
CCEdFund is also planning to expand the scope of our scholarship program to ready more students for the academic rigors of our partner schools. Even though many of our scholarship recipients are in the top of their classes in public schools, due to a lack of early educational opportunities, our students periodically lack the substantive knowledge upon which to continue to excel in the more academically challenging environments of our partner schools. To help more students, CCEdFund plans to provide more scholarships to students (a minimum of 10) to attend schools that provide English and Khmer classes, but are not at the same level as our current partner schools. These opportunities will allow CCEdFund to reach more students and help them prepare to attend either a partner school or a university, depending on their level. We look forward to updating with our new plan soon, which we will use in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in the next school year.
Thank you very much for your continued support. CCEdFund is able to provide life-changing scholarships for amazing and resilient students like Sokha and Kuch because of your generosity. We look forward to updating you soon as we watch our students continue to expand their horizons.
Sokha (on the right) preparing for soccer
Sokha (in the back, left) with an academic award