Education – Student Profiles

Brak Bunchantrea 20

Background

Chantrea’s parents both passed away 5 years ago. He has been left to take care of his 2 younger brothers and has been doing an admirable job. When his parents passed away Chantrea moved himself and his brothers to stay with relatives so he could rent out his family’s home so he could continue to send his brothers to school. Chantrea has overcome such adversity already, we believe he truly can do whatever he puts his mind to. He is a dedicated young man who we know will do well for himself.

Department

Spa

Aspirations

He wants to study to be a spa therapist, but also wants to be a manager one day. He would like to own his own spa and restaurant.

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Chan Sreynet 20

Background

Sreynet comes from a very poor family and lives in Pouk District. She graduated high school in 2012 and had been helping her mother and father on the family farm before starting at Shinta Mani. They sell rice to support the family and her father is also a casual brick layer to earn extra money. It’s costing her family a lot of money for her two younger sisters to get an education.

Department

Front Office

Aspirations

When she finishes her training she wants to find a job so she can help her family to build a better house and support herself while she studies at university.

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Eang Sokun 22

Background

Sokun has been a student at the Green Gecko Project since she was 12. Before that she was begging, and selling souvenirs on the streets of Siem Reap. Her mother was never able to get an education and her step father is a landmine victim, both of which were also begging on the streets of Siem Reap. Sokun says she remembers learning how to beg in English but not even understanding the words she was saying. From such a difficult childhood Sokun has come to Shinta Mani with so much confidence and charisma, and she is a pleasure to have around.

Department

Food and Beverage

Aspirations

When she gets a job she wants to be able to help her family and save to open her own business. When she has her own restaurant she wants to be able to cook and donate to poor people and beggars like she once was.

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Lean Him 30

Background

Him comes from Preah Veng, 335km from Siem Reap. She came to live in Siem Reap eight years ago. When she first came to Siem Reap she was selling rice at the market for her family. Since then she has had a series of odd jobs and has spent a lot of time unemployed. Before she started at Shinta Mani she was working in a restaurant for a very low salary, and before that she was working at a gas station.

Department

Food and Beverage

Aspirations

After she graduates from Shinta Mani she wants to continue studying while she works, but this time she wants to study hair dressing. Her dream is to one day own her own salon.

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Nhen Kimya 18

Background

Kimya’s mother and father were farmers but her mother has passed away and her father is now too old to work. At the age of seventy two he stills farms rice for himself to eat. Kimya has two brothers and two sisters that have all gone to Thailand to work and have taken their families. Her father lives over one hour away from Siem Reap so she is staying alone while relatives take care of her father in her hometown. In the evening after school she performs traditional Khmer dance to earn some extra money to help support herself.

Department

Housekeeping.

Aspirations

When she graduates she wants to earn enough money so she can help her father and study management at university. She would like to one day be a housekeeping manager. Kimya is working so hard in the face of adversity and it an inspiration to have at Shinta Mani.

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Nhoung Srey Lai 23

Background

Srey Lai spent the early years of her life begging, collecting cans and, selling books and postcards on the streets of Siem Reap. She lived like this from as young as she can remember until she was taken in by the Green Gecko Project when she was 11. From the beginning Srey Lai has proven herself to be a very independent and competent young woman.

Department

Spa

Aspirations

Srey Lai has a passion for spa therapies. She says she wants to help people feel good. She wants to learn how to cut hair and do make-up as well as spa therapies. She wants to find a good job so she can help her family and send sister to school. She wants to support her family and build them a small house. Her dream is to one day open her own spa and run her own business.

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Peach Koemyen 21

Background

Koemyen’s parents are rice farmers and are able to grow just enough rice to feed the family. While she was studying at high school Koemyen was also working at a restaurant in the evenings to earn a little extra money for her family. Since she graduated she has been helping her family on the farm. She is a very ambitious girl who has dreams of being a front office manager and to one day opening her own souvenir shop. As well as studying Koemyen volunteers on the weekends teaching people about hygiene and using clean water.

Department

Front Office

Aspirations

Koemyen is the only child in her family to finish high school. When she gets a job she wants to help support her 14 year old brother to finish school.

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Rin Sovannida 22

Background

Sovannida (Nida) grew up in Phnom Penh. She found out about training at Shinta Mani through and Aunt that lives in Siem Reap. It’s her first time to live away from Phnom Penh. She is training in our front office department and she really wants to improve her English skills.

Department

Front Office

Aspirations

She is wants to work in reception once she graduates but she has dreams of one day opening her own coffee shop.

Sponsor

Rith Chieb 19

Background

Chieb lives in Pouk District with his sister. To get to Shinta Mani he rides his bicycle two hours every day, and then rides another two hours to get home. His mother passed away when he was six and his father is handicapped at the age of 65 and is unable to move. With this, Chieb has found himself with more responsibility to help take care of his siblings and their families. At the moment he, his sister, and her husband are all living off a fisherman’s salary.

Department

Maintenance and Engineering.

Aspirations

Chieb has an interest in air conditioning and electrical engineering. He wants to get a maintenance and engineering job in a hotel to help support his family, but he would also like to study engineering more in the future.

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Siek Lim 20

Background

Siek Lim is living with his cousin while he studies because his family live three hours from Siem Reap. His father is a rice farmer and his mother stays at home. Siek Lim graduated high school last year and wanted to study something that would give him a skill but also give him an opportunity to get better at using computers.

Department

Human Resources

Aspirations

In the future Siek Lim wants to get a job in a hotel in the Human resources department. He one day wants to teach computing in his home town because he says there are not enough people who know how to use a computer as there is such limited access to them.

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Sorl Vanny 19

Background

Vanny comes from a small village outside Siem Reap. He and another student ride their bikes two hours to and from Shinta Mani every day. He stopped studying in grade 10, three years ago, because his family could not afford to support him anymore. Since then, he has been working on the family farm. He says he felt like Shinta Mani was his only option other than working on the farm.

Department

Maintenance and Engineering.

Aspirations

He wants to study so he can get a job in a hotel. He really wants to be able to afford to build his family a house and get his mother the medical treatment she needs.

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Srey Sichory 19

Background

Sichory comes from a farming family who lives around 65km from Siem Reap. She is staying with a friend that lives in Siem Reap. Her family lives on the Tonle Sap flood plains, so in the dry season they grow rice to eat and sell at the markets and in the rainy season they catch fish to eat and sell.

Department

Housekeeping

Aspirations

Sichory ultimately wants to work in the front office department of a hotel because she loves talking to people. She really wants to work directly with guests. She is training in our housekeeping department this year and plans to work in housekeeping while she continues her English study. Once her English is good enough she will start looking for jobs in front office.

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Ten Soda 24

Background

Soda’s family lives in Kampong Cham. They have a small farm and grow enough rice and vegetables to feed the family. After finishing high school in 2012 Soda helped on the family farm until he came to live with his brother in Siem Reap, late last year. For a long time Soda has wanted to be an electrician. When he heard that he could train in maintenance and engineering at Shinta Mani he was eager to apply.

Department

Maintenance and Engineering.

Aspirations

When he graduates and gets a job he wants to send some money home to his family in Kampong Cham.

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Thorn Sreynoch 19

Background

Sreynoch comes from a farming family. Her mother, father, and older sister work on the family farm to grow enough rice and vegetables to feed themselves.Her family lives in Pouk District and she rides her bicycle a long way to Shinta Mani everyday.

Department

Finance

Aspirations

She wants to be an accountant in a hotel, and hopes that she can work at Shinta Mani one day. Her ultimate goal, however, is to one day be a tour guide for the Angkor Temples. When she starts to earn money she would like to continue her education at university and help her family.

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Von Mean Sorpisey 20

Background

Pisey comes from a small family. She only has one sister and worries about taking care of her parents when they get older. She finished high school last year and wants to get experience in finance and improve her English.

Department

Finance

Aspirations

She either wants to work in a hotel finance department or in a bank. She wants to one day be an English teacher. She would like to be able to earn a good salary so she can take care of her parents.

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Yean Kimyeng 22

Background

Kimyeng is the second oldest of seven siblings, the youngest being just four years old. Her mother is very sick so as well as studying, Kimyeng spends a lot of time helping to take care of her family. Her father and eighteen year old brother both work on the family farm and sell what they grow at the local market.

Department

Food and Beverage.

Aspirations

Kimyeng is very determined to study hard and get a good job so she can support her younger brothers and sisters to finish school.

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Yin Pohouy 20

Background

Pohouy, who likes to be called Lucky, has been working to support himself and help his family since he was 16. He has been doing massage in the Pub Street area for a small salary. He works late and his family lives a long way from Siem Reap Town, so he rents a room and stays by himself. He only completed his first year of high school before dropping out to find work. Since then he has supported his mother and helped her to pay off her mortgage for her small house and land. He has learnt all the English he knows by talking to tourists and customers.

Department

Spa

Aspirations

He wanted to train at Shinta Mani so he can be an excellent all-round spa therapist. He wants to one day open his own spa. When he can, he plans to build his Mother a better house.

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