Chenda is one of 4 young women you are empowering through education.  She is going to study Agriculture and rural development.  She will be part of a new generation that, with a university education, can help remote communities establish better practices to help lift themselves out of poverty.

This is her story in her own words.

“Hello! My name is Mao Chenda. I am a 20 years old girl. I was born in village 8, Kampong Leav Commune, Kampong Leav District, Prey Veng Province. Now I live in Mekhala House.

Before I came to live in Mekhala House my life was so difficult because I have a lot of siblings. My mother did not have the ability to send me to school.

I stopped studying for a year so my brother and I found job to do to earn money to buy rice and food for family.

Then my mother decided to work in Garment Factory in Phnom Penh so my siblings and I moved to live with my grandmother including two other cousins.

It was so hard for my grandmother to support them all. My brother and I helped her but it did not help too much. Some days we did not have rice to eat.

My mother found out about Cambodian Kids Can and asked for me to live in Mekhala House.

Now I have been living here for 7 years. I feel very happy because I can go to school with the other girls. I promise to study hard because I want to get a good job in the future.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who supports me.”