Our Success Stories
Here are three students who want to share their stories with you about their experience at Santepheap:
Srey Roth came to Santepheap in November, 2008 at age 16. She is from a very poor village and has three brothers and a sister. Her parents are famers. Her dreams came true when she was able to get an education with the support she received at Santepheap. Upon completing high school, she entered Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in TESOL and is now in the third year. Also she has a good job as an English teacher at Australia Pacific International School (API).
She says that she earned helpful experience by communicating with foreign visitors and learning English. She had good results during high school because she didn’t need to worry about shelter, food and money. The best thing was getting to know her brothers and sisters at Santepheap and all the support that Santepheap gave her to make her dream come true.
Bi Bon came to Santepheap when he was 13 years old and in 4th grade. His parents brought him to Santepheap because they were poor farmers with five children and his school was too far from their house.
Bon graduated from Santepheap in January 2015 with an opportunity for training in motorbike mechanics at KKO (Khmer for Khmer Organization) in Siem Reap. Now, Bon is working for KKO full time, and is able to earn money to support his daily expenses by himself.
Bon is thankful to Santepheap for providing him shelter, food, clothes, education and especially his moral development. Bon emphasizes this a lot, because he honestly admits that before he came to live in Santepheap he was a temperamental child. However, after his time at Santepheap he feels that his character has changed with a positive morality, respect for elders, working very hard and knowing what is right and wrong, that Santepheap helped him to be a new guy and a proper citizen.
Ram Lina came to Santepheap as a 13 year old, when her grandmother brought her after her parents divorced and moved away from Siem Reap. Her parents are farmers with five other children in a poor village.
She graduated from Santepheap in January 2015 with a scholarship for vocational training in hospitality at Paul Dubrule for one year in Bakery and Pastry. Now she is working at Apsara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap and her income supports her living expenses and she sends the remaining money to her family every month.
She is very happy and grateful because Santepheap gave her education, shelter, food, security, welfare and English skills. She feels so happy that she spent her time with her brothers and sisters at Santepheap and that was an unforgettable moment.
Vanna came to stay at Santepheap on 16 November 2008 when she was 14 years old, because her family were poor farmers with three brothers and four sisters and her school was so far from her house.
She graduated from Santepheap on 14 January 2015 with a scholarship for vocational training in hospitality at Paul Dubrule for one year in Bakery and Pastry in Siem Reap.
In the beginning of 2016 she completed her vocational training successfully and now she’s working as Bakery and Pastry at Phum Baitang Resort.
Ny came to stay at Santepheap on 16 November 2008, because his family were poor farmers and he has six brothers and sisters and his school was so far from his house.
He left Santepheap at the beginning of 2015 when he had an opportunity to apply to train at SOS Vocational Training Center, Angkor, Siem Reap for skills training in carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrician, computer and English. SOS school provides tuition, room and board to their students like Santepheap as well.
In November 2015 he completed his vocational training successfully. Now he gets a decent job as a maintenance engineer at the SOS school that is located in Kampot province. This was after he received many positive recommendations from the director of SOS VTC in Siem Reap province. Being an International NGO, and as a staff member, Ny got a great salary, free accommodation and lunch as well, so this is a great chance for him. Now he has a full capacity workload and he is working very hard and earning more money to support his daily expenses by himself.
Kmao came to stay at Santepheap on 16 November 2008 when he was 11 years old, because his family were very poor farmers with three sisters and one brother and his school was so far from his house.
On 4 January 2016 after he completed his grade 9 he decided to leave Santepheap at the age of 19 years old when he had an opportunity to apply for a cook vocational training at HAVEN Training Restaurant. On 27 August 2016 he graduated his training at HAVEN and then he was recommended to do 3 months cook internship at the Navutu Dreams Resort in Siem Reap.
Now he has passed his internship and become the full time staff as chef assistant. He got a two years contract. This is a great opportunity for him to gain more experience in his field and get the salary to support his living.
Nang came to stay at Santepheap on 16 November 2008 when he was 11 years old, because his family were very poor farmers with three brothers and one sister and his school was so far from his house.
Last year, after he completed his grade 12 he decided to leave Santepheap when he had an opportunity to apply to train at SOS Vocational Training Center, Angkor, Siem Reap, for skills training in carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrician, computer and English. SOS school provides tuition, room and board to their students like Santepheap as well.
On 30 November 2016 he completed his vocational training successfully and he finished in the 3rd rank among the 24 students. Now he has a job as a maintenance engineer at La Niche D'Angkor Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap with a good salary.
Now in its ninth year, Santepheap continues to provide food, clothing, education, health care and personal and moral development.
All of this has been made possible by Friends such as you. Without the donations of money, supplies and volunteer hours, none of this would have been possible. This is also the case for the future of Santepheap.
As you no doubt understand, an NGO such as Santepheap functions from month to month, year to year on a budget for essentials required to provide for the children. Like most NGO’s, it is often difficult, and sometimes critical, to meet that budget. The safety and welfare of the children depend on a sustainable, predictable funding source, like every family.
Please make a donation via Hopsie site https://santepheap.giv.sh/38e2. Thank you!