Ny*, 19, is one of our top students at Sandan and soon will be graduating from the training program. Like all of the students learning at the restaurant, Ny comes from a disadvantaged background. We sat down recently with Ny to ask him how studying at Sandan has impacted his life.
“I stopped going to school in grade 9. Soon after the social worker for Sandan asked my mom if I would like to study cooking and hospitality at Sandan.
I spent the first 6 months learning in the canteen at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center and then I came to study at Sandan. I have been here 1 ½ years.
Since I started studying at Sandan I feel that I have a better attitude, before I would fight with my family a lot but I understand them now and do not feel angry all the time. I also can now read and speak some English; this will help me in the future.
After I finish Sandan I plan to find a job in a nice restaurant or hotel in Sihanoukville.”
*name changed for confidentiality