My name is Theary. I am 15 years old now. I grew up in a family of four kids and I’m the oldest one. My father died when I was 8 years old. Most days, my family and I didn’t have enough food. That made it very difficult for me to learn or concentrate at school.
One day I got an invitation to go to a One-eighty Celebration on Saturday night. Because I enjoyed ICF very much and started making a lot of new friendships, I was allowed to do volunteer work on weekends. A few months later, my leader came to me and asked me if I wanted to apply for the ICF Education Program. So, I decided to apply and was very happy to have this opportunity.
I know I can’t support my family financially right now, but I have a chance to go to a good school. The ICF Internship offers me the opportunity to talk to my supervisor and other students about the school. I learn a lot more than just sitting on the school bench. I can also develop personally and learn practical things at school.
I want to thank you for sponsoring me through the ICF Education Sponsorship Program. It is making a real difference in my life!

My name is Srey Mech, and I am 14 years old. Due to a moto accident my father had some years ago, my family situation worsened a lot. He has psychological problems and is not able to take care of the family. My mother is the only one in the family with an income. At the beginning of this year, I decided to quit school to work and support my mother who was providing for the family. A caseworker at ICF talked to my mother and encouraged her to let me apply for the ICF Education Program. After I joined, the way I saw education really changed. My education leader helped me see the possibilities for my future better by completing my studies. Now I’m much more motivated to finish school. Thank you so much for your support.