In July 2016 Sopheap graduated from Sanker High School. She ranked 3rd overall in her 12th grade class (out of 48 students) and 1st in philosophy, physics and math. Her family situation is very difficult. Her father lost a leg in the war and can’t find a good job. Her mother works in the rice fields and on a chicken farm. Sopheap’s 4 older sisters dropped out of school in the 3rd or 4th grade. Her parents are starting a business repairing bikes and motorbikes, but often bring home as little as $1.25 per day. Sopheap is motivated to get a college education so she can help her family, but also “help poor children and improve my country.” She was offered a partial scholarship from the University of Management and Economics in Battambang, but did not have money for room, board, books and uniforms until the Cambodian Village Fund offered to help.
Sopheap-University of Management and Economics, Nov. 2016