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Project Compassion - Vannak (Cambodia)
Week 4: Cambodia
Andong, Cambodia15km from the capital city, Phnom Penh
The people of Andong used to live in the capital city. Somewealthy people wanted to use their land so they were forced tomove to this small town.
In Andong the people do not have:• Safe housing• Clean water• Sanitation• Healthcare
Many parents are unable to pay for their children to go to school.Many children have to work. They often end up in gangs andbecome involved in bad things.
Vannak17 year old Vannak isdifferent.He is in Year 9. He is also avery good silk screenprinter.This is his story of howCaritas Australia’s partner,Youth for Peace, helped him.
When he was 15, Vannak’s parents were both sick. Vannak leftschool and found work to help support his family.
“I worked as a construction worker andearned around 12,000 Riels ($3) per day.Most of the money I earned I gave to my parents to help them pay off their debts.”
Some of Vannak’s friends told him about the Youth EmpowermentProject. He went along because he thought that he would havesomething to eat and have fun with his friends.
He soon found that the project offered much more than that.He learnt how to do silk screen printing, and found he was verygood at it!
“I started to love my work because I could use the money to pay for my study and the remainder tosupport my family. Now I am a team leader of Silk Screen Printing at YEP with six members.”
1 in 2 children drop out of school in Cambodia. Vannak says theproject helped him be really thankful for education.
“I wish I could help them all. I used to be without hope when I dropped out of school. I would like to tell other young people how education is so valuable for me.”
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