Changing Lives One Family at a Time!

Supporters like you, and Rotarians from around the world, are working through Sustainable Cambodia and Sustainable Cambodia Australia to help village families and children continually improve their quality of life, with healthy water, nutritious food, health care, education and sustainable income generation. With your help, more than 330 wells are providing safe water, more than 3,000 students are currently enrolled in Sustainable Cambodia schools, and nearly 24,000 Cambodians have been able to change their lives for the better. None of this would be happening without supporters like you! 

In this edition of the Cambodia Update, you'll read about the huge impact you have on the lives of families and children, through the story of one family you have touched. We thank you all for your help with this work. 

Read below to discover more... 
To help the children of these families with education: 

A Change in Their Lives!

Morm Samon became a widow more than 15 years ago, while she was pregnant with her son Poch, and has been struggling as a farmer in Svay Art village ever since.

Life was extremely challenging after her husband passed away, and she was left with no home. Each year, she could barely make enough to support herself and Poch. When Poch was 12 years old, he dropped out of school to help her do the housework and work in the rice field.

But everything has changed since Samon joined in the Sustainable Cambodia projects. She joined one of SC's Self-Help Groups, and has worked with the group for more than three years. She has earned pass-on chickens and a buffalo, has passed on animals to other families, has clean water from a bio-sand water filter, has built a latrine, has participated in digging a large community well and pond, has been trained in agriculture and received vegetable seeds, and finally has a micro-loan and crop loan, with agricultural tools and trainings.

Just as importantly, SC teachers have worked with the state school teachers to allow her son Poch to go back to school, and he is now attending school regularly. 

With SC supplemental classes, Poch studies Khmer, Math, English, Computers, and Social Skills classes, and participates in school tutoring with the other students, which has enabled him to get good grades at both state school and at SC school. Now, after re-enrolling in 7th grade in Pursat Secondary School, Poch has just successfully passed his grade 7 final exam and he is going to study in grade 8 beginning Fall of 2012. 

We interviewed Poch in Khmer, and he said: "I love SC School so much. Thank you SC, for helping my village and my family. I will try to study hard and become a good teacher in the future. I will come to teach children in my community when I graduate."    

 His mother Samon said (in Khmer): "Thank you, everyone, for everything you have done for my community and for my family. With your help I now make a better living, and my son can study regularly. I am very happy to know that my son can even get an SC scholarship to attend university when he finishes high school."


  1. This movement is so appreciated by me and the people you are helping. I love helping other communities that you can see their determination for progress. Adding up water filter systems on their community brings spirit to their livelihood.


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