Meet Mr. Khen Sinang
Sinang is a very quiet and gentle young man.
His siblings are illiterate as his family is very poor and could barely put food on the table. Only Sinang, who was the youngest in the family had an opportunity to study until he graduated from high school.
Sinang’s father had been very sick for many years. The family could not afford medication, doctors fees or hospitalization. He passed away from an unknown illness. His mother was then a nun at a pagoda in his homeland and was being looking after by Sinang’s sibling. She is now 62 years old and is too old to do hard work. All of Sinang’s siblings are working as farmers, and can only earn a small amount of money. Agriculture in Cambodia still uses the ancient traditional methods.
While Sinang was at school, he was an outstanding student but failed in grade 12 because in Cambodia, when student start high school, they need a lot more money to pay the teachers for extra lessons such as math, literature, chemistry, biology. Sinang wasn’t able to pay for extra classes and he failed. However, Sinang never gave up and he was encouraged to continue his study by his family as he is the youngest child and everyone wanted him to have a good future. Sinang struggled to repeat Grade 12, and graduated from high school in 2012. It was such wonderful news for his whole family when he passed his national examination result (grade 12).
Kampong Chhnang province is a small town and doesn’t have a university for Sinang to pursue his study so he moved from his hometown to Battambang province. It was fortunate that Sinang could speak a little English so he found work as receptionist at a hotel. Sinang then saved very hard to pay and start his first year at university. Universities in Cambodia sometimes promote a special starting price or scholarship prior to starting. Sinang earned a scholarship 50% from Panasastra University in Battambang province. The full cost was $590 for the foundation year, but with the sponsorship he only paid $295 to start his year first year.
When he was working and also studying at university, his mother who was at home fell very sick so Sinang was forced to give his savings from work to the family to get medication for his mother. After his first academic year at university, he had to suspend his study.
Sinang then moved to Siem Reap, where there is local tourism in hope of finding a better job in order to continue his dream. He wanted to be a good English teacher one day in the future. At the beginning of 2013, Sinang applied his application for a job through a private job agency in Siem Reap, and was introduced to Feeding Dreams Cambodia. After an interview at Feeding Dreams Cambodia organization he was accepted as an English teacher and Sinang was so excited to join the FDC team.
Sinang said his dreams became true and he enjoys sharing his knowledge to our poor children very much. Sinang pays for his rented room with a friend, and daily food, and sends some money to his mother each month.
After 3 years of teaching our children, Sinang has now moved into the position of Social Worker in our Community Support Dept. He works closely with families living in dire circumstances, and monitors rehabilitation programs ran by Feeding Dreams. He has a true heart to help the poor.