Gate scholar and bicycle recipient Kreach Sopea wears her big sister’s shirt to school every day; it is stained and still bears the older girl’s name. Sopea’s mother, a widow with four children to raise, can barely afford to keep her in school; Sopea spends her days off foraging in the swamp next to her house for wild vegetables and crabs to sell at the local market. This earns the family about $0.75 a day.
“I know what it’s like to be poor and uneducated,” says Sopea’s mother. “While we couldn’t do it without the scholarship, we are still sacrificing an income so that Sopea can be well educated, and have a better life than I did.”
With her new bike from Lotus Outreach, Sopea has one less hurdle between her and a whole new life. “I am now determined to finish grade 12, and get a job doing secretarial and office work,” she says. For a 14 year-old girl living in a swamp, achieving something so modest will be nothing short of a dream come true.
Thank you - your donation has given an extra hand to a Cambodian girl with big dreams. Watch the video below to see Sopea at home with her mother.
At the bicycle giveaway
Sopea, her mother and little brother