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Shaping Young Minds: Rourn Naren

Rourn Naren was not always the high performing student that she is now. Growing up in Banteay Meanchey, a remote Cambodian village, Naren and her friends never enjoyed attending school or learning. That was until Samaritan’s Purse implemented the We Can Read, We Can Write program in her school.

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“There is a big difference in the lessons from our teachers now,” said Naren. “They teach us very well on how to use toolkits and tablets. Classes are exciting, and they challenge us to go to the library and continue to study.”

Through the program, Samaritan’s Purse provided the teachers at Naren’s school with teaching materials, revised curriculums and technology resources, all of which contributed to an increase in attendance and literacy among students.

Each student also received a tablet, loaded with apps for reading and numeracy toolkits – enabling Naren to study at home in her own language.

“I’m really proud of my daughter,” said Naren’s mother. “I am thankful to all her teachers and the work of Samaritan’s Purse. Naren’s goal is to become the best in her class and eventually a teacher.”

Rourn Naren is just one of many students who has experienced significant improvement through Samaritan’s Purse working in Cambodia. The We Can Read, We Can Write program is recognised by the local Banteay Meanchey government as a transformative intervention for underprivileged schools in remote villages.

“Providing young people with a quality education gives them hope. Hope for a better life and a brighter future,” said Jodie Reid, Samaritan’s Purse Australia and New Zealand. “Educating just one child empowers their families and entire communities.”

As Samaritan’s Purse continues to provide students in rural villages with the chance to take control of their education and step towards a hopeful future, please pray for the schools in Cambodia.

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