Sokteang was a student at Anjali House for more than ten years and is now part of our team of volunteer teachers. Sharing his knowledge with the current students as a volunteer is his way to give back to Anjali House and the community. This is his story.

“My name is Preab Sokteang and I am 20 years old. Before 2004 I lived with my family in the Prev Vihear Province, but then my parents divorced and separated so my two sisters and I had to stick together. Around that time, I also heard about Anjali House for the first time, from one of my friends who is a student here as well. Eventually my older sister found a job in Siem Reap and we moved over. With the help of Anjali House, I was then able to go to school and receive an education. The three of us have lived together ever since.

By now I am in the last year of high school while attending continuing education classes at the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) in Siem Reap. My favourite subject has always been English, which is partly why I started volunteering as an English teacher at Anjali House around one and a half years ago. It’s also really rewarding to support my community and give back to the organization that helped me so much in the past. At the same time, I can improve my own skill set for the future.

I have many great memories here at Anjali House like our trip to Battambang all together or when we won the football championship with our local team. It was great growing up here with all my friends around. That’s what I wish for the students here as well, so I’m glad I can be part of that.

My studies are going well right now. I have not missed a single day of classes and both my Homework and Class participation were graded “Excellent”. Next year I would like to start attending Build Bright University. I want to study either Business Administration or Management. My ambition is to find a job at the airport, so I would like to keep improving my English. I want to be a role model for the students here at Anjali House, so I study hard. I’ll receive my final grades soon and I hope they will be as good as last term.”

With your regular donations we were able to have an impact on Sokteang’s life. It is through consistent and long-lasting support that we are able to help our students develop into healthy, well-adjusted young adults, just like Sokteang, who are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in their future endeavors. If you want to help him and other students attend university, you can contribute to our continuing education fund with a monthly donation. $50 a month can help one of our scholarship students to attend University for an entire year.

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