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A good news story.

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:30 am

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By Kristian Silva
Sat 6th July

Cambodian girl escapes life of poverty to land scholarship at University of Melbourne

"Sophy Ron spent eight years of her childhood surrounded by garbage and toxic fumes while living in a notorious Cambodian rubbish dump nicknamed "Smoky Mountain".

"Her former home, the Steng Meanchey landfill in Phnom Penh, has long been a symbol of the country's poverty."

"Her life changed after a chance meeting at the dump with Scott Neeson, the founder of the Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF).

"He asked me whether I wanted to study English, and at that time I had no idea what English was," Ms Ron said."

"Ms Ron said she vividly remembered her first day of school, aged 11, when for the first time she saw groups of children laughing and playing."

"Through CCF, Ms Ron was able to secure a scholarship to complete a foundation year of study at the University of Melbourne's Trinity College.

"She graduated in June, paving the way for her to start a Bachelor of Arts degree when the new semester begins this month."

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:45 pm

Good move. And a bit of promotion for the good works of the CCF.

BBIN charitable arm helps needy kids in Cambodia
March 2, 2020

TGB Charity, a charity brand of BBIN, has partnered with Cambodian Children’s Fund this year and donated US$40,000 to charitable causes in Cambodia.
Donations will be used by CCF to pay for children’s school fees, stationery supplies, various school subjects, and maintenance of school facilities.

The igaming supplier has contributed to several charitable causes in recent years, including in South East Asia.

Cambodian Children’s Fund is a local non-profit organisation in Cambodia. Founded in 2004 it specialises in providing a variety of essential healthcare and education services to needy children.

Since its establishment, CCF has provided care to more than 2,000 vulnerable children; it has also expanded its provision of services to include community services, healthcare, childcare, and vocational training.

In addition to the children’s education support, CCF also works with local government in establishing child protection units.

The charity also works with World Housing, a non-profit organisation to provide better living environments for families in poverty.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:36 pm

We all need more good news like this.


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Re: A good news story.

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:49 pm

A chinese gambling operation funding this ^^^ great work.
That's a challenging concept.
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especially for us CEOers
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Re: A good news story.

Post by Phnom Poon » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:47 pm

SternAAlbifrons wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:49 pm
A chinese gambling operation funding this ^^^ great work.
That's a challenging concept.
yes a difficult one

of course it's fantastic to see poor women in poor countries being given a shot at well-paid jobs
but will those jobs still be well-paid when they can be performed by poor women in poor countries?

i suspect chinese casinos are on the 'create a cheap labor pool' side rather than the 'human flourishing' side
though the current students will probably benefit at least

as always, cui bono?

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Re: A good news story.

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:06 pm

Phnom Poon wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:47 pm
SternAAlbifrons wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:49 pm
A chinese gambling operation funding this ^^^ great work.
That's a challenging concept.
yes a difficult one

of course it's fantastic to see poor women in poor countries being given a shot at well-paid jobs
but will those jobs still be well-paid when they can be performed by poor women in poor countries?

i suspect chinese casinos are on the 'create a cheap labor pool' side rather than the 'human flourishing' side
as always, cui bono?
Yes maybe PP.
My cynical side tends to "whitewashing the company image"

but i am also very wary of automatically being cynical about motivations for charity
we have to encourage the bastards, not call them out when they occasionally do the "right thing"
Also, some crims/capitalists actually do have one or two decent bones in their bodies
and even if it is from a guilty conscience, that is no bad thing.

The worst kind of cynical whitewashing should be called out tho', same as "greenwashing" by Exon etc.
It is usually a fine line, and always a slippery one.
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Re: A good news story.

Post by Phnom Poon » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:17 pm

you are right, a good deed is good, regardless of motivation

though if it's likely to lead to a questionable big-picture outcome
perhaps it's not really a good deed

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:38 pm

An inspiring story.

From Poverty to Scholarship: One Woman’s Journey to an Australian University
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With the help of Cambodian Children’s Fund, Som Vannita has risen from a dumpsite in Phnom Penh to the University of Melbourne.

PHNOM PENH--Studying abroad might be a dream for many young Cambodians and not everyone can make this dream a reality, but one young woman from an underprivileged family in Phnom Penh has made her way to a world-class university in Australia.

Growing up in an impoverished family in a low-income community in in Stung Meanchey District, Phnom Penh, 20-year-old Som Vannita won praise for her determination to overcome both financial and social hardships to fulfill her dream of studying abroad.

Speaking with Cambodianess, Vannita recalled that her family encountered a range of difficulties when she was young and she had not even dared to dream of attaining a higher education, let alone studying abroad. She had expected to forgo a university education so as to avoid burdening her family with the financial consequences.

“Back then, my parents could earn around three dollars a day—a very small amount which hardly met the enormous demands of my family,” she explained. “I would say it was the hardest time in my life, to see my parents work that hard while I could do nothing to help them.”

She went on to explain how her family’s fate was later changed with the support from local NGO, Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)—an organization which works with and to support young people particularly children in Stung Meanchey dumpsite.

The organization, she said, provided her with the various levels of support, ranging from school tuition to other basic needs. She went on to say the generous support from the organization has emboldened her to study hard to create her own future.

“Instead of giving up on my dream, I have been working so hard since I was in primary school, because deep down I know I cannot choose where I was born, but I possibly can set myself to where I want to go in the future,” Vannita said, adding that she always holds a Khmer old saying in mind: “If we work hard, we will get what we strive for.”

All the sacrifices, commitments and hard work Vannita has made have paid off as she was awarded a scholarship to study in Australia. Currently, she is a first-year​​​ student majoring in Economic and Digital Marketing at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

“I am so excited that I could have this kind of opportunity,” explained Vannita. “Since being a girl raised in a poor family in a city slum, it is sometimes difficult to have a dream in getting a higher education, especially to earn a degree abroad.”

The founder of Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF), Scott Neeson, said among the first group of 200 children whom he has helped out of the Stung Meanchey garbage dump in 2004, around 134 have gone to university. Most importantly, he continued, five of them—three women, including Vannita—are currently pursuing their studies in Australia on scholarships.

According to Scott, Vannita became a member of the organization since she was 10 years old, as her family could not even support the daily expenses of her family.

“Despite her family status, this brave young girl is eager to learn as well as willing to give herself to try the new experiences in the new life condition,” he said.

The struggle is not over yet though as Vannita conceded she is struggling to deal with many challenges, especially what she called an inadequate knowledge in language and culture. Nonetheless, she emphasized these kinds of struggles won’t inhibit her from achieving her goal.

She continued that she is determined to improve herself with a strong belief that the hard times she has endured will soon be overcome.

“After graduation, I will be back to Cambodia in which I can start up my own business,” she mused. “And hopefully I can help young people who are in need and inspire them to believe in themselves when life hits them hard.”
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