Sokha’s mother graduated from the sewing program at Human and Hope Association, after dreaming of a better life for her family. When Sokha turned five, her mother, Sangorb, was quick to enrol her in Human and Hope Association’s preschool program. Sangorb wanted Sokha to have access to education she never did, and to learn to read and write, which Sangorb, at 28 years of age, still didn’t know how to do.
One in four Cambodian women over the age of 15 are illiterateUNDP 2018
At first, Sokha was withdrawn, and didn’t like to interact with other children. However, Sokha’s parents, having been involved with Human and Hope Association for a few years, understood the importance of education. They attended meetings and parenting workshops, and learnt how to educate Sokha at home. They worked collaboratively with the Human and Hope Association team to track Sokha’ s improvement.
After joining the preschool program for one year, Sokha graduated and progressed to the Khmer language class, then English class, whilst also studying at public school.
Only 22% of Cambodian children are enrolled in pre-primary school educationUNESCO 2017
Sokha’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour has improved dramatically. She came top of her class at public school, and second in her English class at HHA. In just two short years, Sokha has come out of her shell and matured. She is talkative and plays with her friends. She can read Khmer children’s books very well, and spends her spare time reading books with her friends in the Human and Hope Association library.
“I was very sorry that I didn’t have the opportunity to study, so I couldn’t help my daughter with her reading and writing. When I joined the workshops at Human and Hope Association, I learnt how to help Sokha at home despite my illiteracy. I always asked her about her studies and my husband teaches her at home. I am very proud of Sokha because she received a good grade for her studies, she respects me and helps me with some of my housework as well.” – Sangorb, Sokha’s mother
This April, we are walking to Cambodia for children like Sokha. So that they can receive education from Cambodian role models, and have opportunities that their parents never did. With only one week left until Walk to Cambodia begins, we encourage you to invite your family, friends and colleagues to register so we can get active, be social and raise crucial funds for children like Sokha!