I wish to thank all of our donors for their continued support. Cambodia is having some success now in vaccinating individuals, and I can report that conditions are improving in both the local villages we work in as well as in Phnom Penh where our Chelly Scholars are hoping to return to in-person classes at area universities soon. School is not back to normal yet, but there is hope on the horizon. In particular, in and around Chum Kiri primary school and high school children have returned to classes. And some of our university scholars who were in Chum Kiri have returned to Phnom Penh to resume their studies.
Last Fall, thanks to our donors including those at GlobalGiving, eight Chelly Scholars obtained degrees at local universities, seven of whom were young women. Two additional students are expected to graduate by the end of this year, and after that there are a remaining thirteen Chelly Scholars (twelve young women) currently in our program. We will certainly be inviting other young women to receive scholarships in the future, providing that we receive the donations to do so.
I wish to take a moment here to have everyone read letters recently received from two of our recent graduating scholars, Srey Pich and Srey Nich (family names withheld). The letters show the kind of remarkable success we have achieved in transforming the lives of young women from a very poor part of Cambodia. It is a testament to your generosity on the GlobalGiving platform and elsewhere that we have been able to change the lives of these women for the better.
Letter from Srey Pich:
Dear The Chelly Foundation board of directors and donors,
My name is Srey Pich. I am from Kampot Province. I am from a poor family, and there are four members in my family. My mother is a farmer. I received the Chelly Scholarship in 2016. I was very happy that I got this scholarship. This program provided me 4-year scholarship at a university in Phnom Penh. I studied for a bachelor degree at Asia Euro university. My major was Finance and Banking. I graduated in 2020.
I would like to tell you how The Chelly Foundation helps to success in my life. First of all,when I finish my bachelor degree I got a good job at a company in Phnom Penh. I can help my Family. I am really so happy that I can help my family.
Now I am working at Pheng Huoth construction. My position is Cost Accounting. I like my job because in my job I can get a decent salary. I can meet other people and I can work with them to get new ideas.
My Mom is very happy to see my life has been changed and that I can look forward to a bright future.
Finally, I would like to say thank you so much to The Chelly Foundation board of directors and all donors for providing me this scholarship. Especially thank you to Mr. Jason, teacher Ess, teacher Samorn, and sister Nan. They are always pay attention to my studies and give good advice to me. I wish all good health. Thanks for reading.
Letter from Srey Nich:
Dear Chelly Foundation,
My name is Srey Nich, I was born in Chres village, Chres commune, Chumkiri district, Kampot province. Today, I work at AEON bank in Phnom Penh. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from Asia Europe university in 2020. I received a scholarship from The Chelly Foundation. The Chelly Foundation changed my life. I have come from having a poor family life to becoming a socially recognized child who had a good job and was able to earn on her own. I was a person who was afraid of not daring to face many people, but after I came to study in Phnom Penh, I dared to confront with many people, and dared to apply for jobs interview on my own. You have changed my life from a little girl in a poor family to becoming what I am today.
Finally, I would like to say thank you so much to The Chelly Foundation for providing me with this scholarship. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Thanks and have a great day.
Again, thanks to all who have contribued to our continuing scholarship program aimed at providing a select number of graduating seniors from Chum Kiri high school with the chance to receive a university degree, leading to a better life for them and for their families.