Graduation day

This is why we have lived in Cambodia for so many years. This is what makes being so far from home worth it.
This week, after years of studying Bora and Chen finished their degrees and graduated university with flying colours.
They have both come so far since we met them and we couldn't be more proud of their achievements.

When we first met Bora, he was working 14 hours a day with the dream of one day being able to study. You could see the determination in his eyes. He was working as a waiter in a local restaurant,14 hour days, one day off a month for a salary of $50 per month. 

The average university fee is $80 per month making his dream to study finance, an almost impossible task. 5 years on and Bora now has a degree in Business and Finance.

Meeting Chen was something completely different. He had left the monastery where he had been a monk 6 years. Two days later he applied for a job at Sister Srey. Chen had never worked before. He had studied English through the pagoda, but had never worked in hospitality or handled money.
We sat down with Chen to ask what his dreams were. He told us he wanted a degree, he wanted to be the first in his family to go to university and that he wanted to create a good life for his future family.

He has successfully accomplished more than he has ever dreamed of plus having a baby and finding the love of his life a long the way.
Chen now has a degree in English literature
We are in complete awe of their passion and determination. Their work ethic and positivity is something to be admired.
Bora and Chen both had an attendance rate of 98%, meaning in the 4.5 years of study they both only missed one class. One class.

Bora and Chen, congratulations on your dreams coming true. We are so proud of you.

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