Often helping a child get an education involves more than just getting them to school. It sometimes means being able to provide appropriate support when there is an unexpected problem.
16 year old Dara* is one of the students attending public school with the support of M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School” program. Although public school is officially free for all Cambodian children, families are still required to pay for school uniforms, books and supplies. For many of the poorest families even these costs prevent them from sending their children for an education. M’Lop Tapang’s “Back to School Program” supports local families with the costs so that they can send their children to public schools.
Earlier this year when Dara was going to school he was in a motorcycle accident and broke his leg quite badly. His mother, a single parent raising three children on a very limited income, phoned our Outreach Team that has been working with the family for help. She knew she could not afford the costs if she took her son to one of the local private clinics in town and was hesitant to take him to the government hospital. The Outreach team worked with our Medical team to assess Dara and arranged for him to be sent to a hospital in Phnom Penh that offers free surgical care to children from poor families. He had to stay in Phnom Penh for almost two months for treatment of his leg.
A couple of weeks ago Dara returned to Sihanoukville, his leg injury having healed. He is back in school and studying hard for his final exams which will be held in next few months. He and his mother are very happy that he could return to school this year and are hoping he will pass his exams. We all wish him the best of luck!
*name changed for confidentiality