Meet Mr. Chhlien Ram
My name´s Ram Chhlien. I was born in 1990 in a poor farming family at remote area of Kampong Thom province, approximately 3 hours away from Siem Reap. I am the seventh of eight siblings.
Living with the warmness and happiness no longer, my father had become very sick. Because no money, my mother was forced to sell some cows and land for paying doctors, but unfortunately we could not help him from the death, so in 1998 he passed away.
After my father passed away, my mother had been a thousand handed woman who worked very hard to support her children. She plowed the field and made the farm like a man for many years, but nowadays she is 71-year-old, so she can´t do like that anymore. She just stay home and go to the pagoda twice a month, bringing some food to offer to the monks.
Among eight siblings, I am the only one that had an opportunity to study until finished high school. Some of my brothers and sisters have never been to school. I started primary school in 2000 when I was 11 years old. In my class, I was the biggest student. I always went to school with empty pocket, but i usually got some cakes from my friends because they all liked me. Moreover, I got some study materials such as books, pens, pencils, and others from school every year because we were so poor. In 2011, it is my best memory ever, for I completely graduated high school.
After I graduated high school, I had two big decisions, helping family or going to University. Finally I decided to help my family first because I want to see my family get better than before. Later, I came to Siem Reap in late 2011 and lived with two other friends in a rented room. I could speak English a little bit then, so I tried to apply for waiter in many restaurants and hotels. Finally a restaurant at Pub Street accepted me to work there as a waiter and bartender. I worked for two years and then I changed to work in the hotel as a receptionist until I grew up my position to be a supervisor. During those years I worked hard to earn money and sent to my mother all the time.
My dream job is a teacher of English because I want to share all experience and knowledge to my next generations or all Cambodian people who want to learn. When I was working, even though I hadn´t been to University yet, I always went to study in the pagoda an hour a day and study myself at home. Early year of 2016, I decided to go to Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC). There required me to study the IEAP English program course first before starting bachelor degree. I started studying IEAP program on April 20, 2016, and it finished on November 07, 2017. I never give up my dream of University, so I worked during the day and studied at night.
During learning IEAP at PUC, I also tried to find the job as a teacher. Fortunately, my friend who´s working at Feeding Dream Cambodia told me the school is seeking a teacher. When I heard that I tried to apply and I have been accepted by director. I was so glad when I passed the interview and also I commited trying all my best to work here.
Ram is a very warm hearted and selfless young man. He is 26 years old and spent his life helping others.