Meet Mr. Moun Chet
My name is Moun Chet. I’m 23 years old. I was born in the countryside and my family are farmers. I am one of eight children, 6 boys and 2 girls. My dad died five years ago, and my mum Soeng, is a farmer, and became leader of the family when my father died. My mum had no formal education, but she works very hard on planting crops, and raising some chickens. One thing she purposely focused on was feeding her children well and making them happy.
Of my two sisters, one is working as a housekeeper in Siem Reap, and one younger has just finished at high school. Of my brothers, three elder are married, and they living separately, and the other is working as a labourer on building sites. The last of my brothers did 3 years ago.
I graduated high school in 2014 which was a very hard and difficult year for examinations, as this was the first year the Education Dept implemented an international level of testing, even though the level of education and teaching we received had been at a much lower level. However, I tried so hard and passed it.
Then I started to find a job and earn money so I could help my family, and also start saving to attend a college. I decided to move to the city of Siem Reap. My mother was very concerned about me leaving, and talked to me about caring for myself and staying safe.
I began work as a waiter in a restaurant, even though my English was very little at that time. After work each day I went to study English lessons at Prom Roth Pagoda in order to improve my english. The following year I moved to work in the hotel as a waiter, because I needed more experiences to upgrade myself. I worked hard and learned from other staffs, and after two years of sending money home for my family, I had paid enough fees to begin college.
I am now a student in early third year at University of South East Asia, and I’ve been working as a teacher of English at Feeding Dreams Cambodia. This organization provides free English education, school meal, and also helps a lot of Cambodian children living in poor families or in slum locations that they are lack of Education, food and housing. I really love this position because I love teaching children, sharing, creating joy and fun.