On most days, Sophy’s family only had enough food for lunch, and they went hungry at night. Sophy grew up in a poor family with her parents and four siblings in the rural province of Battambang, Cambodia. When Sophy was 14, she dropped out of school and moved across the country by herself to work at a factory in order to support her family back home.
At 22 years old, Sophy returned to school. Sophy had to use her sister’s name to enroll because she was too old to attend school, and her sister was only 18 at the time. She began working as a house cleaner for an American missionary, who was also a teacher at Asian Hope’s Logos International School.
Sophy had nearly completed grade 12 when she told the missionary she wanted to become a teacher. The missionary introduced Sophy to Logos where she joined Asian Hope’s Teacher Training Program and worked as a teaching assistant. During this time, she was encouraged by locals and mentors who believed in her and modeled great teaching.
The Teaching Training Program transformed Sophy’s faith and the way she teaches. Through daily staff devotions, Biblical principles learned in the program, and encouragement from other women around her, Sophy was transformed. Her teaching ability grew through her training and the support she received from positive, Christian role models.
After decades of genocide and a large portion of the population living in extreme poverty, Cambodia is in dire need, but the need is greater than materials. One of Cambodia’s greatest needs is implementing qualified teachers in the school system. By educating teachers to better educate their students, we are creating a cycle that empowers both children and teachers to become the leaders Cambodia needs. By providing these programs, we will not only empower the locals in the communities we work in, but they will empower each other as they enter into a mutual relationship that will benefit generations to come.
Last year, Sophy completed Asian Hope’s Teacher Training Program. She is now one of the top educators in the Village Development Program. Sophy is a role model for the other teachers who see her natural talent for engaging students in creative ways. A young girl who had to drop out of school when she was 14 now has hope and a calling for her future, as well as the opportunity to overcome the obstacles from her past.
Lives are changed and hope is given when opportunities are provided for a better future. Sophy’s education and the support she was given has changed the trajectory of her life and allowed her to pursue her passions as a teacher. Every child deserves the same. Join us by supporting 1C1Y to provide an opportunity for one child like Sophy to follow their dreams, and see how a nation is changed.