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About Children

You can learn about our children and the projects by visiting the photo gallery or continue reading and hear the stories of their lives.

 01. Chakriya, 10 years old, was born in the village of Taksen. Her dad spent all his money on prostitutes and so the family never had any money for food. Eventually, her dad died of HIV. Chakriya worked hard to help her mother, and together with her mother and sister she went out to look for bottles and leftover foods every day. Her mom had been infected with HIV by her late husband. Her last wish was to find a good place for her children to live after her death. A friend of Sok working at a hotel told him Chakriya’s story, and Chakriya came to live in the orphanage. She is very keen to create a good future for herself and would like to work as a chef in the hotel and restaurant industry.

02. Kok, 8 years old, was born in the very poor village of Kektom. He grew up living with relatives in the village because his mom and dad left the country to look for work in Thailand. Kok never went to school; instead he worked with the grown-ups in the rice fields in order to bring back food for his relatives at home. He never had time to play with his friends. He is a very good boy. An orphanage staff member heard Kok’s story and Sok went to speak to his relatives about him living at the orphanage. In the future he would like to work as a tour guide like Sok.


03. Sok tear, 6 years old, was born at the village of Sandan. Her story is one of the worst ever witnessed at the orphanage. Her dad left the village in order to look for work in Siem Reap but he spent all his earnings on rice wine and prostitutes, and he was eventually infected with HIV. He then infected the mom as well and they both died. Sok tear went to live with some relatives but they never gave her any food, nor did they let her go to school. She was often beaten. Her relatives gave her to another family, who worked at the Thailand border. Sok tear made a bit of money on the town market and with tourists crossing the border, but when she fell ill, the new family sent her back to Siem Reap where she was admitted to hospital. The hospital contacted the orphanage. That saved her life and although it was not easy in the beginning, she is now happy living here with the other children. In the future, she would like to work as a chef in a hotel or restaurant. I really hope that somebody out there will help her in the future.


04. Chenda, 9 years old, was born in the village of Krolan. Chenda’s dad died of malaria working as a police man by the border. He was a good man, who worked hard for his family and country but when he fell ill, he got no support from the government. Her mom was hoping to get some support from the rich people but she received no help, and Chenda’s dad died. Chenda is the youngest of five children. None of them ever went to school because they had to work along the roads and on the market looking for bottles and leftover foods to help their mom caring for the family. Sok found Chenda by the road when she was looking for bottles. Sok spoke to her mom, and Chenda was then brought to the orphanage. In the future she wants to work in a hotel or in a nice restaurant. I hope that our supporters like her story.


05. Jeva, 10 years old, was born in Ronkang Thbong. Java’s parents left her long time ago to look for work in Thailand but they had great difficulties. Jeva did not see her parents for several years. She lived with her grandparents in their village, but they were very old and had no way of making enough money to support Jeva going to public school. Some days, she had food to eat, some days she had none. All she had to eat was whatever people around the village market would give to her. One of the staff members at the orphanage knew Jeva and arranged for her to come live at the orphanage. Jeva is a good girl, who studies and behaves very well, and who is a good teacher. In the future, she wants to work in a hotel.


06. Roth, 8 years old, was born in the village of Tropengreusey. She is from a very poor family who lived in extremely poor conditions and had no roof over their heads. If you would go visit her home, you would agree that nobody should live like that. It is like a chicken shed. Roth and her older sister lived alone because her mom and dad left Siem Reap to look for work. If Roth had not come to live in the orphanage, who knows what would have happened to her. In the future Roth wants to work in a hotel.


07. Ratana, 10 years old, lived in the village of Salakanseng with his mom. His mom did not like him because he was not behaving. He did not go to school. He looked like a crazy boy, made a lot of bad friends and never listened to his mother. He would steal money from the neighbors in order to buy food, and when his mom gave him money for school, he would spend it on cigarettes for himself and his friends. At night time he worked in the streets and on the market, and he slept over at his friends'. His mom was unable to control him. At night he walked the streets to make money for drugs. He could easily have died, as he was sleeping by the road close to town without needed medication. His mom brought Sok to her house for Sok to talk to Ratana, who then moved to the orphanage. He wants to become a police man.


08. Reakna, 6 years old, was born in the village of Keak Tom. She does not remember her dad, who died with 25 in a motorbike accident when she was 3. Her mom did not have the money to have him treated in hospital after the accident, and so he died. Before Reakna came to live with us, she lived with her mother, who worked very hard to take of her children. Reakna's young brother had a disease that caused his arm to swell immensely. Their mother tried to find a hospital where they had the expertise to treat her son's special disease, and in the meantime she wanted to leave Reakna with some relatives. The relatives had a lot of children of their own and had no way of caring for Reakna. Then her mom tried to get help in Siem Reap (NGO) but nobody helped her. In the end she found our place, and Reakna moved in. At that time, she had never eaten fish or meat before; she had only ever had rice with salt for lunch and dinner. I am very happy to be able to help her because her story is very touching. When she came to our place, she cried of happiness. In the future she would like to work in a hotel.


09. Nan, 4 years old, was born in the village of Angkrong. Nan’s parents are still alive but her mom is unable to make enough money to feed Nan and her five older siblings, who have also left the village and live with relatives by the border to Thailand. Nan's dad drank rice wine every day. When he had work, he never brought home any money but spent it all on rice wine. He hit his wife and children – even Nan although she was very young. He did not like her. At some point, Nan's mom went to the police, who helped her through the divorce. Nan’s dad left Cambodia. Her mom tried to find work in town but it was very difficult. She asked us to let Nan live in the orphanage. Nan is now a good and happy girl.


10. Sokphol, 11 years old, was born close to the Angkor Wat temple complex by Siem Reap. Sokphol’s parents are still alive; however, they both spend their time gambling and drinking rice wine with their friends. They never treated Sokphol well, and they rarely made sure that he had something to eat. At some point, he was sent to live with some relatives. He was a very intelligent boy, who studied well, learned well and was well-behaved, but because he wanted to make money by selling postcards to temple visitors in order to support his family and earn money for his relatives as told, he did not attend school regularly. Sok met him when he brought some tourists to the temple area, and shortly after, his family agreed for him to move to the orphanage. In the future, he wants to become a tour guide like Sok. 


11. Kakada, 15 years old, was born in the village of Leng Dai. He lived a good and peaceful life until his father was infected with malaria, ran a high fever and died. Kakada's mother was very upset and began suffering from frequent headaches. She did find herself another husband, but he only wanted money from her to be able to buy rice wine. Kakada's mother worked hard on the local market, but her husband took all the money she earned, and so she had no money left for food. Kakada's relatives brought him to the orphanage. He is interested in painting and he would like to become a tour guide like Sok.


12. Kakthai, 11 years old, was born in the village of Phnom Krom. She was brought up by her mother only because her father left the family for another woman when Kakthai was very young. She had to work hard from a very young age, taking care of her brother and sister, baking and selling cakes on the local market, and collecting fire wood. She was never able to go to school regularly because she was so busy helping her mother. She never had time to play with her friends. Leaving behind her family to move to the orphanage was very difficult for her, but her mother is happy that she is able to live with the other children and be taken good care of. In the future, she would like to work in a hotel or restaurant.


13. Bopea, 8 years old, was born at the village of Phnom Krom. Both her parents left her to go look for work in Thailand when she was very young, and they never returned. They might be dead. Nobody has been able to track them down. Before coming to the orphanage, she lived with a relative in the village; however, this relative did not feed her, so she always went to the most popular tourist spots to look for leftover foods. Sok often saw her during his visits to the Tunlesap Lake, and he decided to ask her relative for permission to take her along to the orphanage. Now she is very happy because she has everything she needs. In the future she would like to work in a hotel.

 

14. Srous, 10 years old, was born in the very poor village of Tropeng Thom.  When her father fell ill, her mother sold all their land and belongings in order to make enough money to pay the hospital bills. Sadly, she did not succeed, and Srous’ father died. Srous’ mother worked hard to support the big family, and in the end she went to Thailand to look for work. Srous then lived with her grandparents, but they were unable to take care of her because they were both very old, and there were a lot of other children living with them. Srous went to school but she also worked hard in order to help her grandparents. Some days, they had food, other day, they had nothing to eat. At times they were given a bit of food by other villagers. Everybody was sad about Srous' story; they love and miss her. Srous is very happy to have come to the orphanage. She does not yet know what she wants to do when she grows up.

15. Sros, 9 years old, was born at the very poor village of Wat Takam. He lived in a very small house without electricity. The drinking water was of a poor quality, and the market was far away. The only work available in this area is rice farming. Sros grew up in a large family as the youngest of seven children. The parents tried to find somebody to help them out with food and medicine but nobody helped them. One of our staff members knew Sros, and so he came to live in the orphanage. In the future, he would like to become a tour guide. 


16. Phon, 7 years old, was born in the village of Tropengsek. Phon was born with serious disabilities on his legs and eyes. At the age of 2, he was unable to do anything buy lie in bed. His parents did not like him because of that, and so they left him with his grandparents. His grandmother often took Phon to hospital to ask for assistance, but there was never enough money to pay for the treatments needed and in the end, the burden became too much for her. She left Phon in hospital, and one of Sok’s friends working there asked Sok whether Phon would be able to live at the orphanage. Nobody else in Cambodia had been willing to take on the responsibility of caring for him. It is a lot of work but Sok is happy to have saved Phon’s life.


17. Vanna, 15 years old, was born in the village of Samsrong. He had to get up very early and walk almost 13km to and from school every day because his family had no way of providing him with transportation. His father had died, and his mother was very old. She worked very hard to take care of the family. When Vanna was young, he lost one of his legs due to a malaria infection. He did not receive any medical treatment. It made him extremely sad not to be able to play and run around with his friends anymore, but he did his best to help his mother look after his younger brother and take care of the pigs, chickens and the vegetable garden. When Vanna’s mother heard of the Siem Reap hospital’s department for disabilities, she took Vanna there. Vanna got a leg support, which made him able to walk again; however, his leg got infected and his mother had to leave him behind in order to go back home to work. One of the doctors called the orphanage, and once Vanna's leg was better, he moved there. In the future, he would like to become an IT teacher.


18. Tha, 10 years old, was born in the poor village of Tropengreusey. His parents were very poor and had no education. They worked the rice fields during the 6-months season and did nothing for the rest of the year. With 9 children, they had great difficulties supporting their family financially and so they sent some of the children to live with some relatives. The relatives, who put up Tha, did not allow him to go to school. Instead, they told him to watch the cows and buffalos. When one of the relatives heard about the orphanage, it was arranged for Tha to move there. Now Tha is a much happier boy, and in the future he would like to become a tour guide like Sok. 


19. Daro, 11 years old, comes from the province of Kampong. Once, when Daro was working in the jungle, he stepped on a landmine. One of his legs had to be amputated. His parents were very poor and did not have enough money to be able to care for Daro, who needed special treatments because of the amputation. They left him in a hospital close to Siem Reap. One of Sok's friends, who worked at that hospital, arranged for Daro to move to the orphanage. Daro is a very good boy, and he studies hard. He is very happy living with Sok and the other children at the orphanage.


20. Saveng, 15 years old, was born in the village of Tropengreusey. His father left the family when Saveng was five years old so Saveng's mother had to work very hard to support the family. When she fell sick with fever, there was no money to pay for medical treatment and she was very close to passing away. One of our staff members heard of Saveng’s story and brought him to live at the orphanage. In the meantime, Saveng’s mother is a lot better, and we try to support her with medicine as much as we can. In the future, he wants to work as a tour guide like Sok.


21. Jes, 15 years old, was born in the village of Tropengreusey. His parents split up when he was very young and he lived with his father and younger brother. His father used to go out drinking and would not return for days. The two brothers rarely had any food, so Jes had to work to make at least a little bit of money. The family had no farming land as it had already been sold off. Jes never went to school because he was always busy working for his family. Eventually, his father passed away. Sok met Jes when he visited his village, and he was very sad to see the state of Jes' living conditions. He took Jes along to the orphanage. In the future, Jes would like to work as a tour guide like Sok.


22. Thia, 11 years old, was born in the village of Donhong. Both his parents died of HIV 3 years ago, and after that he lived with his older sister. She did not really want to take care of him, and when she moved to Siem Reap to look for work, she left Thia behind and never sent him any money. Thia then lived with some relatives. He turned out to be a very bad boy. He played risky games and stole money from strangers and his friends. He rarely went to school and when he did, he refused to listen to his teacher, and he hit the other children. His relatives were very upset and tried to find somebody to help them with Thia. In the end, he came to live at the orphanage. In the future, he wants to work as a tour guide like Sok.


23. Som, 7 years old, was born in the village of Keak Tom. Both her parents died when she was a baby, so she used to live with her grandparents and siblings. The grandparents were very old and they had great difficulties taking care of the children and the household. Once her grandmother had shown her how to do a variety of tasks around the house, Som started to help out at home when she was 4 years old. She cooked rice for her grandmother every day. She had to collect fire wood. She did the washing on her own. Som wanted to go to school but her grandparents did not have the money to buy her any school supplies. Som met one of the orphanage staff members and then came to live at the orphanage. She is a really good girl, and everybody at the orphanage loves her. In the future she wants to become a teacher in order to help the children in her village.


24. Two, 7 years old, was born in the village of Donhong. When he lived with his parents, his father used to drink a lot and hit Two's mother. Eventually, she died. Two's father married another woman, who did not care about his children but only wanted Two’s father to sell his land and give her the money. After one year of marriage, Two's stepmother left Two's father and took whatever money he had along. Two’s father gave up on life and started drinking a lot again. He did want, however, to find a better place for Two to live, and one of Two's relatives contacted the orphanage. In the future, Two wants to become a tour guide like Sok.


25. Chem, 10 years old, was born in the village of Thom in a very remote area. Her house was made of palm trees and bamboo sticks. Both Chem’s parents left Cambodia many years ago to look for work, and so she lived with her grandmother, who tried to make some money at the nearest market selling rice and home-grown vegetables. The market was far from Chem’s home, and the grandmother would arrive home very late every day. Chem had to provide herself with food, and she used to look for fruit trees or try to catch fish in the nearby lake in order to be able to eat. Sok went to Chem’s place 4 times, and as the conditions never improved, he arranged for her to move to the orphanage. In the future, she would like to work in a hotel or restaurant.


26. Bora, 15 years old, grew up in the village of Phom Krom. Both his parents died when he was young, and so he lived with his grandmother. Bora turned out to be a very bad boy. He was dirty, he did not listen and he was lazy. He did not want to go school, and he used to hit his friends. He spent his time wandering from place to place, looking for something to eat by bus stops, on parking lots and in public bins. At some point, he started working as a boat driver, and that is when Sok met him. After speaking to Bora’s relatives, Sok took him along to the orphanage. In the future, he would like to work as a tour guide like Sok. 


27. Reakhmey, 10 years old, was born in the village of Leng Dai. Her father passed away many years ago, and her mother was very sad and upset for a long time. Eventually, she married again, but Reakhmey’s stepfather did not like her; he only paid attention to his own children. Reakhmey was sent to the market to sell cakes. Whenever she would make good money, her mom and stepfather would be happy with her, but if she did not, they would give her nothing to eat. In the end, they left Reakhmey to live with her grandmother, but the grandmother was too old to be able to take care of a child. Sok met Reakhmey when he visited her village and saw her living in a tiny house with her old grandmother. He arranged for Reakhmey to move to the orphanage. In the future, she would like to work as a chef in a hotel or restaurant. 


28. Van, 15 years old, was born in the poor and remote village of Rel. Van’s parents spent all day drinking rice wine. They rarely fed Van, but they hit him. In the end, he ran away from home. Some days, he was given a bit of food by some relatives living in the village, other days he had nothing to eat at all. Before coming to live at the orphanage, Van had never been to school. He is a really good boy who studies hard and behaves very well. In the future, he wants to become a tour guide like Sok.

Website last updated: December 2013

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