Dear PEPY’s Friends and Community,
We hope you have been doing well since our last update! Over the past three months, we have selected new participants and started our classes, and made fantastic progress on our projects that we would love to share with you. Through your generosity, this year, we are able to support over 1000 youth!
Some recent highlights include:
Please see our recent quarterly report (linked below) for even more exciting news!
Sereyvuth’s story: Before we go, we recently received a community story that really lifted our spirits. We hope you enjoy reading it and can get inspired with us!
Sereyvuth is a 2021 scholar from Taing Kork District, Kampong Thom Province. He is the youngest child in a family of eight and his parents are farmers. His parents were unable to support most of his siblings through high school. In fact, Sereyvuth and his fifth sister are the only members of the family to finish high school and continue to higher education. He was an outstanding student in high school so he received scholarship offers from a few organizations to continue his studies, but he chose the PEPY scholarship and moved to live and study in Siem Reap Province.
He is now pursuing a Bachelor’s in Information Technology at the University of South-East Asia (USEA), and he is a sophomore. After graduating from the PEPY Learning Center, he received a six-month internship from German International Cooperation called GIZ based in Siem Reap Province. He has been working for two months now. He said “I am happy with my internship here and I work as a general support in the office and organizing events. I have learned a lot from my job as a staff here are friendly to share and help me grow my professional experience.”
In the future, he aims to become a professional web developer in the next five years and hopes to run his own company related to web development in the next ten years!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update! If you have any questions or would like to learn more please feel free to reach out to us anytime!
Kathryn | email@example.com
Dear PEPY friends and family,
Wow, what a year! Over the last few weeks, we have been celebrating our youth participants' graduations as well as their personal and professional successes. Each and every youth that has had the opportunity to develop themselves and improve their livelihood is because of your generosity and kindness. In this report, we would love to highlight what we have accomplished this past year with your support.
We are proud to share that we have supported over 900 youth through our Dream Management, Scholarship, Learning Center, and YISI Programs.
Please see our recent quarterly report (linked below) for more detailed information!
Before we go, we wanted to share a student story that really stood out to us and reminded us why our work is so important:
Deva Rorm is a 20-year-old scholar from Srei Snam District. He was born and raised by a single mother in Srei Snam District, Siem Reap Province. He has 3 siblings and he is the last child in his family. His father died when he was only 4 years old. Deva and his siblings had a tough childhood since his father passed away because his mother had to migrate illegally to Thailand to earn money. He shared, “It was so difficult for us when my mum went to Thailand and left us [here] living with my grandmother. I was so small and I didn’t have a chance to stay with her often.”
Deva decided to stay in school and now, he is the only person in his family to graduate from high school and continue on to higher education. He was also the only male student from Srei Snam District to receive the PEPY scholarship in 2020. Deva realized that he has a great talent for drawing and designing, so after receiving the scholarship, he decided to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture at Build Bright University, Siem Reap Campus. He is now a junior at university. “Since my family is very poor, I never imagine[d] that I would have an opportunity to continue my studies after high school, but the PEPY scholarship made it possible for me so I could shape my talent and follow my dream,” said Deva.
Deva is a hard-working student and always earns a high GPA. He is also working as a full-time Graphic Designer at Eyso Creative, and he has been working there for almost a year now! Since he is doing what he loves, Deva is proud of his work and will keep pursuing his goal to become an architect. We are so proud of incredible youth like Deva, who are dedicated to their studies and contributing to their community. We cannot wait to see his first architecture project come to life!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our updates. None of this would be possible without your generosity and we are very grateful that you are part of our community. We wish you a wonderful new year and hope you are just as excited as we are to see what the future holds!
Dear PEPY community and friends,
I hope you are doing well and having a great week so far! Through your support of PEPY and our scholars, we have been able to make some progress in recent months. Our team has made great efforts to increase our skills. Our Executive Director and Finance and Admin Manager took a multi-day training in partnerships and fundraising in Phnom Pehn. While our Learning Center, YISI, HR, and Partnerships and Development teams have had the pleasure of working with Team4Tech and Zendesk, helping us build our capacities in our respective departments. We are looking forward to operating at our best so that our community gets the best tools and resources to succeed!
In the Scholarship for Higher Education Project:
Some top highlights from each program include:
We also have attached our general Quarterly Report and our Scholarship for Higher Education Project report in case you would like to read more details about the progress of our programs and read our stories of impact!
Thank you again for all your support of our work and our students, helping them reach their potential and achieve their goals both personally and professionally. We look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming months and hope to have your support on this year's upcoming Giving Tuesday on November 29th. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns after reading our reports, please feel free to Contact us.
The PEPY team
Hello PEPY friends and community,
We hope you are doing well and having a wonderful week so far! First and foremost, thank you so much for your continued support and dedication to Siem Reap youth. Your generosity enables us to run our projects and initiatives that give youth the opportunity to realize their potential, and this last quarter was certainly no exception! We are very excited to share some updates from our team and students with you!
General PEPY Updates:
Dream Management Project: Sen Sok High School conducted its first-ever Sharing Event with 300 participants! Kralanh High School also held a Sharing Event this quarter with 400 participants. A Sharing Event is where key speakers and leaders come to our partner high schools to share inspiring stories and lessons learned through adversity. They help youth identify role models in Cambodia that encourage them to stay in school and pursue their dreams.
Scholarship Project: We held our first Scholarship Graduation Recognition Ceremony for all 113 former scholarship students who successfully graduated from their chosen university or vocational institution. Pha Phon, a 2017 scholarship student and event speaker highlighted the importance of this event, sharing, “I am the only person in my family and one of the very few in my community to have the opportunity to continue higher education, so the scholarship means a lot to me. I can become the person I am today because of PEPY, and without PEPY, I would probably migrate to work in Thailand or somewhere else to earn money just like my siblings.”
In addition, 91% of eligible scholars have found employment!
Learning Center Program: The Learning Center team had some exciting developments this quarter with the return of our Cambodia Ireland Exchange Program! The Learning Center Program Manager, Channa, traveled to Ireland for 3 weeks with two former students and PEPY’s Dream Officer, Mara. While in Ireland, they visited schools and organizations to share Cambodia’s culture with the Irish community as well as share updates about PEPY and our work. This is the first exchange since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks so everyone was thrilled that we were able to finally make it happen! We are looking forward to Irish teachers coming to Siem Reap in July for conclude the 2022 exchange and share their culture and lessons with our Learning Center students.
Youth Innovators' Space and Incubator (YISI) Program: Since adding the additional online course and short-term professionals’ course, the YISI Program has expanded quickly with 39 regular participants! In addition to the courses, the YISI events are becoming more popular and well known in the community. On March 26th, 2022, the team conducted the first We Business Talk in 2022 on the topic of “Role Model Leaders in Business’’ by Mr. Ieng Sotheara. Mr. Sotheara is a very successful businessman and is the founder of several local businesses. He offered advice, experiences, and recommendations in starting and operating a business to the 56 participants. The event was so well received it was extended for an additional hour so the participants could continue asking him questions. We look forward to providing another successful We Business Talk soon!
We hope you enjoyed reading some quick updates from our team and youth! None of these activities/achievements would have been possible without you, so, again, thank you so much!
If you would like to know more about our projects or have some questions after reading this update, feel free to reach out to us anytime!
Kathryn McDaniel | Partnerships and Development Manager
Hello PEPY friends and community,
Cambodia has officially reopened and our PEPY scholars and team are breathing a sigh of relief to see youth returning to schools and tourism reinvigorating the Siem Reap community. Now that the town is more lively, scholars are finding work opportunities in schools and in local businesses and our unemployment rate has shrunk to just 11%! In the coming months, we predict that our scholars will achieve an employment rate above 90%, the highest it has been since the first COVID outbreaks.
As we begin to feel more optimistic in 2022, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our scholars and our team, in a time when crises after crises were and continue to impact communities around the world. Without you, our scholars would have had to drop out of school and move back into their hometowns, as they would have been unable to afford their living expenses, while their family members were facing food insecurity. By funding PEPY and our Scholarship for Higher Education project, students and their families were provided food and extra support, enabling our scholars to continue their studies and their job searches within the city. If the scholars were forced to give up on their dreams and drop out, they would likely be doing construction work or farming to try to help their families and very few of them would have returned to school. Thank you, for helping us end the cycle of poverty in our communities!
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Kathryn, PEPY's Partnerships and Development Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
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