11 year old Chan Mao* is one of the newest children in the “Bridging Program”at our Education Center.
He was born in Kampot province, the youngest of six children. In 2015 after his parents divorced his mother and siblings moved to Sihanoukville to look for work. Chan Mao stayed in Kampot to look after his grandmother. He would go to school in the morning and stay home in the afternoon to take care of his grandmother. Some days he had to miss school entirely. Last year his grandmother passed away and Chan Mao moved to live with his mother in Sihanoukville. After the move he stopped going to school because his mother could not afford to send him to study.
Recently Chan Mao’s mother met one of our Outreach social workers who told her about M’Lop Tapang services. The young boy is now in the Grade 2 classroom at our Education Center. Like for all the other children in classes at our Education Center, the goal is that Chan Mao will be able to catch up with his studies and soon be reintegrated into the local public school system at a grade level suitable for his age.
Learn more about the “Bridging Program” at: http://mloptapang.org/projects/back-to-school/
*name and photo changed for confidentiality