Children’s Voices

Voices of Cambodia


This is the story of Dora.

10 year old Dora from Som Roung Village is a student in one of the ABC beginner classes at SCAO II. Dora is one of the most active students and always eager to learn new things. Dora says she likes coming to SCAO because she can learn how to write and speak in English.

In her free time she loves dancing and some day she would like to become a doctor.

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Voices of India


This is the story of Priya.

Priya was born in the slum in Samne Ghat to an unwed mother and became one of the Jeevan’s schools first hostel children.  She is now in class 10.  Despite having arranged marriages set up for her, she has fought and remained on track to be one of the first students to complete her studies in the next couple of years, and provide a better future for herself and her family.

“Priya is a very thoughtful and well behaved girl”, says Daniel, a volunteer in the Jeevan School. “She is studious,
inquisitive and has a zippy sense of humour. Priya plans to be a teacher after graduating from college as a result of her positive experiences in the class room.”

In her free time she loves dancing and some day she would like to become a doctor.

This is the story of Maya.

We first met Maya when she was about four years old. She and her mother lived in a tent on the side of the road in Samne Ghat. Mother was begging to feed her daughter. The husband was long gone before Maya was born. It’s been a very long, hard road for Maya. There has been a lot of pressure from her mother and her entire family to do the usual thing; get married quickly! Convincing her family to allow her to continue studying has been a huge challenge. If a girl waits too long before marrying she will be considered too old. In a culture where most don’t understand the importance of education this can be a real struggle.

Last year Maya became our first child to graduate from high school. Since she comes from a tribe of displaced aboriginals, she is the first girl, first anyone from her tribe to graduate from high school- or even to attend high school. This year Maya finished her first year of teachers’ college; she plans to become a teacher and one day open a chapter of Jeevan School in her home village, where there is no good education to be found. Maya’s is our first true success story.

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