In 2007, a young boy called Kimi was provided full boarding and education support at the Samrong education centre in northwest Cambodia. His family lived too far away to allow him to attend the after-school tuition classes offered at the centre. The support lasted for all three years of high school. He was an “average” student but his motivation allowed him to join a recognized computer science school in Phnom Penh and then continue his studies at the school of agriculture. Our local volunteers recently met him at a dinner in his sister’s “Khmer Barbecue” restaurant in Samrong. He is now 32 years old!
At this dinner, he acknowledged and thanked Martin, the Operations Director of Cambodia, whom he had not seen for 12 years. It was a very touching reunion. Kimi asked us for the contact details of his Child Sponsor at the time because he had lost contact following the end of his studies. He wished to thank her for her support which had enabled him to study and to get a job that he finds fulfilling. Even today, his gratitude to his sponsor is, immense and sincere. 🤗
Kimi told us how proud he is to have an administrative position at the Department of Environment in Samrong today. You can help us reach more children like Kimi if you make a donation to Children of the Mekong.