*Vanna’s sister studied in the preschool program at the Human and Hope Association in 2017. Despite being eager to study in the program with her sister, when Vanna’s time came to join in 2019 she refused to attend class. For almost two months her mother would sit with her every day in class, as Vanna wouldn’t stop crying.
Vanna’s teacher tried to comfort her and encourage her to join the class by playing with toys, preparing art activities, telling funny stories and singing to children’s songs. The efforts were in vain as Vanna still cried in class, ignored her teacher and wouldn’t engage in her learning.
Vanna’s teacher eventually found out that she likes to dance. Her teacher played music in the class and encouraged all the students to dance each day. After a few days, Vanna started to dance with her new classmates.
Vanna’s mother, upon seeing her daughter happy and interacting in class, burst into laughter, relieved that she didn’t need to sit with her daughter every day.
Vanna now attends class without her mother and is actively involved in class with her friends. After receiving school supplies from the Human and Hope Association, Vanna has been trying hard to study and her mother has supported her to review the lessons and to do homework.
It’s thanks to the dedication of Vanna’s mother and her teacher, and the support of our Walk to Cambodia participants that Vanna is now thriving.“I want my children to be educated. I don’t want them to be ignorant like me. That’s why I have been sending them to school and I am saving money for their further education.”Vanna’s mother
*Name changed for privacy purposes