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A Mum Breaking The Cycle

With a smile on her face, So Ra shared: “My parents live in poverty, I live in poverty and my boys have also grown up in poverty, but I hope to see my grandchildren live a better life. Education is the only answer to escaping this cycle. If my boys gets a good education, they will get good jobs and then they will be able to provide for their own family and their children won’t live in poverty like us.”

So-Ra, is a 34- year-old mother who lives with her two sons – Pheak Kdey, who is eight, and his brother who is three – in Kauk Prech Village in the Banteay Meanchey Province.

While her sons were younger, So-Ra and her husband struggled to find work in their village, so they migrated to Thailand where there were more opportunities to earn a living.

When Pheak Kdey turned eight, So-Ra knew that she needed to enrol him in school soon to start him on the path to the brighter future she dreamed about for him. After discussing it with her husband, So Ra moved back to Cambodia with her two boys while he remained in Thailand to continue working and providing.

As soon as So-Ra arrived back in her village, she enrolled Pheak Kdey in Grade 1 at Kauk Prech Primary School, one of the first schools built by Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia.

Being eight, Pheak Kdey was a little bigger than the other children in his class and his learning was a little slower since he had spent so long in Thailand. So-Ra was worried about her son and didn’t know how to help him, until she learned about the Samaritan’s Purse education program running in the school.

She was thrilled to learn that Samaritan’s Purse was supporting the teachers and principals to teach their students well. With new learning tools and trained teachers, Pheak Kdey’s literacy began improving.

One of So-Ra’s favourite parts of the project was the support given to parents, like herself, to learn more about the importance of education and how to help their children at home after school hours.

After she attended her first training session, along with other parents in her village, her heart was deeply touched. “I’m really happy that Samaritan’s Purse came to my village and were willing to help me and other parents learn about how we can help our children at home,” said So-Ra. “My education is very low. While I love my children, I really didn’t know how help them. However, through the many trainings I participate in, I have learned to treat my boys better and to help Pheak Kdey with his homework.”

Since then, she has been helping Pheak Kdey regularly at home with his learning and consistently attends any trainings or parent meetings in her village.

“I am so grateful to Samaritan’s Purse, who always guide us. I commit to be a good mother to my son and help him in his studies until the end. Even though I am poor, I will invest everything into my boy’s learning so he can have a better life in the future.”

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