“Hello, how are you? I have been promoted to Supervisor at my company”.
We are happy to receive a mail with the good news from Chanrun, one of our students who graduated with a technical degree a couple of years ago.
Chanrun shares his story: “Thanks to Norway House I was able to study 2 years of technical training at Don Bosco. After graduating, I got a job with KDN company and my position was technician. I used to work outside, but on 2nd February 2015 I become a supervisor of TNC (testing and commissioning), and now I work in an office.
My family was very poor. Most of the children cannot study in my village. I think I am a curious boy, because I really want to study. I am the youngest in my family; I have two elder sisters and one elder brother. My sister and brother do not study because my family had no money. They work as farmers. When I saw my brother and sister cannot study I was very sad, because I want to study.
Now I am proud of myself and very happy with my new position as supervisor of team TNC. With the support of Norway House, I am also able to continue my studies at Western University part time. My major is English, and this year I am in year 2.
I am very thankful to Norway House and all the support you give to me and the other kids. I love all of you very much.”
Finally, 3 years after completing your Bachelor in Accounting you got your certificate and official ceremony.
Din says: "Today is special day for my learning, thank you so much Norway House that supported me for 4 years at University."
Din now works as an accountant for our cooperation partner Child Rights Foundation:
"Hi, I'm Din. I used to be a Norway House student. Thanks to your support, I graduated with a degree in accounting after 4 years of study. Now I am working at Child Rights Foundation as an accountant full time. I also continue my studies in English. Please read my letter of thanks."
We are very proud of all our students, who despite difficult circumstances, work hard to reach their goals. Their accomplishment are therefore even more impressive!
Norway House this year supports 13 students with scholarships, school supplies, housing, bikes and food money. They study law, international relations, economics, english, it, tourism, electrity, hair dressing and nail design. Here we are meeting with them and some of the older students, who have already graduated.
Rey Ou was selected to our student sponsoring program in 2013. He had then finished his first year of a 4 year bachelor program at Pannasastra University, majoring in International Relations, but did not have sufficient funds to continue his studies. Norway House awarded Rey a scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to continue his education and get the support he needed. He has just started his third year of studies and continues to do well. Rey's dream is to be able to go abroad to complete a Masters Degree, and to work as a professor or a diplomat. He lives in the student house funded by Norway House, and has proven to be a very valuable addition to the group. Read his story below:
There are seven members in my family. I am the sixth of the members. My family is a big family all of my members in the family they just only got education in the primary school because of the condition of the family. Only me in my family that I have a chance to study in university,
My majoring is International Relations. This may sound so difficult for us to study because it broad subjects many subjects that we need to study and reads to gain our knowledge and understand about this major. I am one of the student from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. Now I am year III term II in this majoring and in summer term. Because I really love this majoring and this is my dreaming majoring since I was a child. Base on my IR majoring I want to be a diplomat and professor in university and my big dreaming in my future is I want to get the master degree to study in abroad.
My English study
I am a countryside person. So it hard for me to study English and study any other language because it located in rural area, also we are in poor family so we cannot spend on the English as a course by course. Fortunately for me I have a chance to study in one organization that so far from me it may 10km from my house. Every day after I leave from study I always go to study English as a part time start from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. It really difficult for me because it far and when we leave class it a dark our home is far and I drive by my bike cycle. In rural areas it has no electricity stand on the road. But only thing that I can do to take me from school to my house is that when I saw I car or motor bike, I always drive so fast as them because they have light to see the road so I must try hard to take faster as them. This is my study life when I was in hometown. I try to improve my English by listening to radio, television, and practice with my friends everyday now I can use my English as a Khmer language I really happy because I can do it.. Event I am a poor peron but I have my chance to study in university and study as all of the students form any kind mix together. I really thank for Norway house that supported me if have no Norway House I may have no today as my university life thankful for Norway House. I promise I will achieve my goal for myself, my family also for Norway House.
Beside studying with my university life I try my best to study in debating team to gain my knowledge in public speaking and also in discussion as a formal. I take my free time at the weekend every Sunday morning start from 8:00AM to 11:00 AM. This help me a lot especially on how to speak and the way to speak in front of many people. I know how to stress our voice up and down and I have a chance to practice my studying with my friend and also in my class when I studying. Base on this study I can apply it when I have presentation and also discussion in class it make me more confident and brave enough to talk and express my ideas.
My free time from studying
Football is my favorite sport. I really like it I always play every weekend in the evening. I help with our health and make our physical more stronger. Especially, when we play sport it can make friendship and change our experience together. I am also one of the player with my team that compete in university league to win the trophy.
We send our heartfelt congratulations to our student Lida, who graduated with an Information System (IT) Bachelor Degree after 4 years of IT studies at Setec University. Determination and hard work always pays off in the end! Best wishes for the future dear Lida!
Lida is very grateful for all the support she has received:
"I would like to express my warm feeling and thanks to you for your support and for the trust you have put into me.Thanks you very much for the extra help you gave me so I really appreciated time you spent with me. You are the kind of human that make me have a great place and learned. If don't have all of you I don't have this day. I LOVE NORWAY HOUSE!"
My name is Din Kong. I used to be a Norway House student. Last year I graduated with a degree in accounting after 4 years of study. I am now working at Child Rights Foundation full time. I also continue studies in English. Please read my letter of thanks:
" The first time I would like to say thanks for orphanage center that give a place to me for living and study 12 or 13 years ago. And the second Thanks to Norway House that gives scholarship and pay for all everything like Food, Accommodation, Study cost and everything that important to me, if I don’t have a scholarship from Norway House I don’t know how is my life today or further? But now my life so better than before and I hope in the further my life will be better and better. The third thanks for Child Rights Foundation organization (CRF) to give a chance to me to do volunteer and especially give opportunity from Volunteer to Full staff, and now I learned and knew a lot of thing from CRF and one more thanks for all of staff in CRF always give advice and share experience to me. I really would like to say thanks and thanks for all of u and love all of u so much. I know it is a short letter but it is really in my heart to say Thanks. Finally I wish all of u have a luckily and successful all everything all time." Din Kong 2014.
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