Urgent Educational Aid for Orphans

Urgent Educational Aid for Orphans

From Arrianna Stuckey

Most of us approach our final year in school with a sense of anticipation, of the coming end. Some with fear, some with relief but always with the prospect of an achievement after all the years of toiling.

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Most of us approach our final year in school with a sense of anticipation, of the coming end. Some with fear, some with relief but always with the prospect of an achievement after all the years of toiling. But for these orphans, Sothy and his two younger brothers, all their hopes for a new beginning were recently dashed when they realised they will no longer have money for school fees.

Sothy comes from a very poor family. He has an elder sister and two younger brothers. Their parents died when Sothy was 11 years old, leaving behind four orphans. As the oldest brother, Sothy assumed responsibility for his siblings and picked rubbish every day to find food for the family. Eventually, they were picked by an organisation that sent them to HAGAR for help. All four siblings were placed in a foster family and given the opportunity to go to school. The boys excelled in their studies. Sothy went into medical school, while his younger brothers Thou and Sothea are now pursuing a degree in law and in mechanical engineering respectively at the IU International University in Cambodia. Their eldest sister got married recently and is fully independent.

HAGAR has been supporting this entire family with accommodation, education, and their basic needs over the last decade. Some days ago, we received news from donors who had to terminate their funding to Sothy and his brothers' education due to personal financial challenges. The boys were devastated to learn that they could not continue studying and that all their toiling would count for naught because they would not be able to finish the course and graduate. Sothy would have just one more year to go before he gets his medical degree while his brothers have 2-3 more years to completing their degrees.

Outside of school, Sothy and his brothers volunteer their time, assisting Dr Rithy (a former HAGAR beneficiary) in his medical work in the slum communities. Having lived a life of extreme poverty, the 3 brothers want to give of themselves to serve the poorest of the poor in their country. Their tender-heartedness makes us all very proud of them.

To help Sothy and his brothers complete their university studies, we need about $12,580 . If we raise more, we can provide them with a small monthly sum to buy meat and vegetables . Currently, they are receiving help from another NGO that gives them rice. Excess funds will also be used to provide scholarships to other existing HAGAR beneficiaries who do not have money for school fees.

We will have to raise at least $7,000 by 1 April to help Sothy pay for his final year school fees and provide food for his family. Your giving will help turn this this family's broken dreams into new beginnings. Thank you for your generous giving.

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