We have terrific news to report: as of this Fall, eight of our Chelly Scholars have received university degrees. This is a life-changing experience for each of them, which could not have been possible without the support of donors to The Chelly Foundation. Here are passages from a few of the letters received from the students:
My name is Channary. I am from Chumkiri district, Kampot probince. I come from a poor family. My father and mother are farmers. I am very lucky that I got a full scholarship from The Chely Foundation I am veru happy because my dream has become true. Now I have graduated with my bachelor degree at Vanda Institute, with my major in accounting. My parents are so happy. Now that I have a job, I can help my younger sisyter to continue her study. She is a good student. I will help to continue her study at a university the same as me. I would like to say thank you so much to The Chelly Foundation and all donors who make my dream come true. Your donation provided me with a positive change in my life.
My name is Srey Nich. Today I am working at a bank in Phnom Penh. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from Asia Europe University in 2020. I received a scholarship from The Chelly Foundation that changed my life from a child who was desperate for education due to a poor family life, to a socially recognized person who has a good job and is able to earn a living on her own. I was a person who was afraid of daring to face many people, but after I came to study in Phnom Penh, I dared to stop in front of many people, and dared to apply for a job interview on my own. I would like to thank The Chelly Foundation for providing me with this scholarship.
My name is Srey Leap. I am 22 years old. I have three siblings, and I am the eldest in the family. After graduating from high school, I dreamed of going to university. But my family was poor and could not afford to send me to continue my education. I was one of the lucky ones to receive a scholarship from The Chelly Foundation. My family and I are very happy that the organization has helped me achieve my goal. I am very thankful to the organization because after completing my four year bachelor's degree sat Asia Europe University, I changed. [I have a] new life, new experiences, a good job, know good people, made me more creative. I have income to help provide my family. Finally, I would like to say thanks and wish the organization continues to move forward in in helping children who are incapable of continuing their education to achieve their goals. Without the organization's funds, my life would not be where it is today. Thank you so much The Chelly Foundation. I love The Chelly Foundation.
The Chelly Foundation is currently supporting 15 young women who are continuing their studies at universities, including at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the University of Cambodia. One of our scholars is a resident at the prestigious Harpswell Foundation, a leadership academy for students at university, who I will provide an update on in a future report. She has promoted a younger girl finishing high school this year, who we have accepted as one of our Chelly Scholars in the coming semester. Our program continues to be a vibrant way to transform young women's lives from a very poor, rural community. We can continue to offer these wonderful opportunities with your support.