Changing lives through preschool education in Cambodia

Changing lives through preschool education in Cambodia

Last month, ten students graduated from the preschool class at Human and Hope Association. When I first met these students in October last year, none of them had ever brushed their teeth. Some were quite naughty. Others cried and didn’t want to come to class.

A student accepting his school starter pack
A student accepting his school starter pack

Nowadays, however, they come to class early and wait outside the classroom while doing their homework. They not only brush their teeth at school, they also do so at home. They wear shoes to school. They listen to their teacher. They are very respectful. They know how to read and write in their native language (and they know basic English from listening in to other classes). They are all enrolled in public school. In just one year, the preschool program steered them on the right path in their educated life.

A preschool student with his mother, who is a sewing graduate.
A preschool student with his mother, who is a sewing graduate.

This program is incredibly important, as these students come from challenging backgrounds. They are living in poverty, and have to face the challenges that are often associated with poverty; domestic violence, illnesses, malnutrition, lack of hygiene, and more. By educating them for two hours a day, these preschool students develop good habits. They mature under the guidance of a responsible role model. They learn how to be respectful of others and interact appropriately with others. And more importantly, they understand and appreciate the importance of education.

Enjoying some snacks after the graduation ceremony.
Enjoying some snacks after the graduation ceremony.

Now we REALLY need your help to provide the same education and support to a new class of five-year-olds.

For $15AUD a month you can become a Preschool Champion and support a marginalised child to begin their journey to reaching their full potential. That includes two hours of classes a day, clean drinking water, hygiene materials, study materials, and a school starter pack when they graduate.

We need 10 Preschool Champions for these children. Are you one of them?

https://www.humanandhopeassociation.org/champions/