Hi, my name is Mouv.

I’m 14 and in 3rd grade.

I go to the Catch Up School.

I like math.

In this community domestic violence is prevalent.

During the week, Mouv rides her blue bicycle from her grandparents' crowded one room apartment, shared by 8 people, to the Asian Hope Catch Up School in the Toul Kork community. 

On her way to school, Mouv passes a brothel that sits across the dirt alley from her home, with nameless faces staring through glass windows. Her strong faith in Jesus gives her hope for a different future.The timid 13-year-old says that one of her favorite classes at school is Bible study. "I know the prayer songs," Mouv says proudly, her mouth stretched into a bright smile. "I know that Jesus died on the cross for us and that Jesus loves kids. He is so gentle and really kind."

Since Mouv joined the Catch Up School four years ago, she has improved academically and has grown spiritually. For this young girl who comes from a broken home, the Catch Up School is a place where she is welcomed by Christian teachers who surround her with kindness and attention. 

Sila Loch, coordinator of the Catch Up School in Toul Kork, explains how the holistic program helps students like Mouv with character and spiritual development. "They love to learn and practice Khmer (Cambodian) and they also want to know Jesus Christ." At the Catch Up Schools, teachers share the love of God with the students and their families. Housed inside a local church building, the Catch Up School keeps children off the streets and away from harm.

"I love how the teachers pray for the students and they really pay attention to Mouv," says her 66-year-old grandmother Nara who cares for six grandchildren. Nara took in Mouv after her parents divorced. "I feel that Asian Hope helps me have hope for my granddaughter."

Toul Kork Catch Up School

  • Opened in 2012

  • 61 students enrolled

  • 40 boys and 21 girls

  • Student-teacher ratio of 15:1 compared to the 46:1 nationwide average.Some of the children in the program are not attending regular school. Many families cannot afford to pay for school expenses such as books, supplies, uniforms, transportation, and informal fees that many teachers demand from their students and children often quit school to work and support their families.

  • Some of the students are repeating the same grade level in regular school because they have not achieved competency in reading, writing and math.

  • Nearly half of the students are behind in their grade level.


  • Role: Toul Kork Catch Up School Coordinator
  • How long have you been with Asian Hope?   Since 2012
  • What do you love about your job?  "We're not just helping them with math and Khmer," Sila says. "We are also helping to build their character through Bible class and learning about Jesus Christ."
  • What do you want for your students’ future?   "My dream is not just for some of the kids," he says. "But that every single one of them will go onto college, and have a good job and that they'll take that faith with them."

Toul Kork

  • Community population - 29,171

  • Number of schools - 1 public primary school
  • Where people work - construction jobs and moto drivers

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