35% of Cambodians live in poverty. We have the power to change these statistics.

On Sunday 11 November, we will be hosting an organised group walk from Spit Bridge to Manly to raise much-needed funds to go towards the Human and Hope Association education program for local Cambodian children.

Every $30 entry fee will provide 60 hours of education, clean drinking water and library access for a Cambodian child living in poverty, such as Clay.

Eight-year-old *Clay began studying in the preschool program at Human and Hope Association in 2015. Her father is a builder who would work far away from home to support Clay’s family. Her mother, a housewife, would often collect rattan to make baskets that she could sell for a few cents each. It was a challenge to keep her in the program; not only was Clay younger than the other students, but she was also a lot smaller having been born prematurely.

Clay would cry every day when her mother brought her to school, and would often refuse to go to class. With persistence from her teacher and dedication from her mother who wasn’t afforded an education herself, Clay’s behaviour eventually started to change. She would respect the teacher in class, brush her teeth at school (even though she had never done so in her four years on earth) and made friends. Although her learning was slow, it eventually improved, and Clay graduated from preschool in 2017 and made the transition to public school.

Clay graduated from grade one at public school in 2018. Her grades are good, and she still attends Human and Hope Association daily for Khmer language classes, English phonics and to read in the library. Her younger sister is now a preschool student herself.

When you Walk for Education on November 11th, you are walking for Clay and other Cambodian children who deserve the basic right of education.