Vy Sambath, 13, is one of the Out of School Children that has been benefiting from the CCOSC project that provides vulnerable children with access to school. The scholarship program in particular, strongly engages the community in supporting education as the project has exceeded its enrolment target. Through this scholarship, children have received a small package of school materials, including notebooks, pencils, rulers, a Math learning toolkit, two sets of school uniforms and flip-flops.
Sambath’s father died from complications caused by diabetes and a stroke. His mother passed away the following year for similar causes when he was just 2 years-old. Every day he leaves home at 6:00 am on his old bicycle, or he makes the 4 km journey by foot across the rubber tree plantation fields when his bicycle is broken. Without this scholarship support, Sambath would not be able to get his education. Sambath was included in the scholarship program by SSC members through school the mapping activities which KAPE-EAC project began implementing in his community last year.
Even if it is difficult for Sambath, to attend school every day, the KAPE-EAC project interventions like life skills and especially scholarships, have encouraged Sambath and other children as well. They feel excited and inspired to study hard and they are glad to have been supported by the project. The Chhloung 2 primary school teacher said Sambath regularly and punctually comes to school after he was supported by the project. The teacher said, “Sambath had been very vulnerable because his parents had died but he is much happier since the project intervention started”.
With a pale facial expression due to a vitamin deficiency, Sambath said, “I want to study so much and become a doctor.” Sambath has requested for a new bicycle, but his auntie (who he lives with) does not have enough money. The project staff will try to obtain a bicycle through a local charity or include one in next year’s budget.
Mr. Karn Sophean, the school director of Chhlong School said, “Sambeth has a good opportunity to study regularly in school. He is now involved in many activities with his friends. I feel proud that, through our activities with EAC, we can encourage him and keep him in school. I expect that now he will be able to complete his primary education”.
The scholarship program in particular strongly engages the community in supporting education and the project has exceeded its enrolment target. It was very good if the project still support and through sustained support, this program will continue to help poor children like Sambath in rural areas like Memot district. These children, who are very vulnerable and at risk, now have a better chance of getting an education and having more choices in their lives.