18 year old Samnang* is one of more than 1,000 students attending local government schools with the support of our “Back to School Program”. Like all of the students in the program he comes from a poor family.  His father is a fisherman and his stepmother works from home taking care of Samang’s two year old sister.

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.

M’Lop Tapang has been supporting Samnang to attend school for the last 4 years and during that time has always been a good student and receives good grades. He is finishing up Grade 12 now and will take his final results in three more months.

I am hoping I do well enough in the exams to get a scholarship. I really want to study chemistry at the university in Phnom Penh. If I don’t get a scholarship then I will join M’Lop Tapang’s vocational training program to study electrics.”

We are all very proud of Samnang and the others like him who when given the chance for an education work hard are their studies and are committed to building a better life for themselves and their families.

*name changed for confidentiality