Barclays' Event: 5 more sponsorships!
On the 11th of October, the team of Children of the Mekong, with Kosal and Chhengtay (our two sponsored students) met the team at Barclays'. The purpose of the day was to give to Chhengtay & Kosal the opportunity to discover Barclays' offices and to shadow in different departments of the bank. They could discover a financial and corporate environment. Plus, it was an excellent opportunity for them to give a testimony of their lives in Cambodia. They made an opening speech about their experience as sponsored students in front of a large audience. Barclays’ employees were amazed by Kosal & Chhengtay’s life paths and academic progress. They managed to pursue higher education instead of their poor family background.
Kosal and Chhengtay are living proof that education is the most powerful weapon in our world. They stand for countless children and young adults going to school in our education centres (Centre Mérieux, Samrong education centre). Our education centre in Samrong (Cambodia) provided support to 170 students, of which 91% were from farmers’ families, and 97% had a monthly income of less than $40.
Without the support of our volunteers, sponsors and donors, we would not have been able to fund those projects.
At Barclays’ event, 5 more children found a sponsor. Thanks to their support, 5 more children can attend school every day and no longer need to work in the paddy fields or other harsh environments. In addition, their sponsorship will have a direct impact on the living condition of their sponsored child and his or her family's.
It is our main objective to make sure that every sponsored child is schooled, fed and clothed. It is about a donation that gives freedom and comes with responsibilities, because we believe that the development of children is core to the successful future of their countries.
Do you believe that school can change a life ? Do you believe that street is no place for a child to call home ? There are many more children awaiting to be sponsored : become a child’s superhero with Children of the Mekong just by clicking here !
Some news from our two Scholars Kosal and Chhengtay!
They finished their third week of intensive English courses where they could make friends and of course improve their English. On Friday, October 11th, Kosal and Chhengtay were invited to the Barclays office in Canary Wharf where they spent the whole day shadowing in different departments of the bank. They met the audit team as Chhengtay is a recent graduate in Banking and Finance ; she is particularly interested in audit. They ended the day by giving an open-to-all speech about their stories (life in Cambodia, experience as a sponsored student by Children of the Mekong, experience in London). It was a big challenge for them to talk in front of an unknown audience but they managed it very well and everyone congratulated them. The event was a great opportunity for Children of the Mekong to engage Barclays employees in new sponsorships.
On Friday, October 13th, our two scholars met our Chairman Jean-Marc Debricon for a Muay Thai boxing session. They really enjoyed the moment and Kosal was particularly good and energic!
Finally Kosal was invited this weekend to family Pfister’s house while Chhengtay could have her first full week-end with her host family.
If you wish to learn more about the scholarship, please click here !
BNP Paribas VOLUNTEERS!
We are really happy and proud to welcome one-day volunteers from BNP Paribas on the 16th and 17th of October ! They will be involved in our Charity Shop and Office. Chris will join us on Monday 16th and will live a typical day at Children of the Mekong ! First, enjoying coffee while getting to know more about Children of the Mekong and its impact in South East Asia. Then, helping in the sorting room by sorting and pricing donations. Plus, Chris will help in the office working on projects after a lunch break ! At the end of the day, Chris will enjoy being at the shop and learn how we raise funds thanks to the shop.
Why don’t you come by and say hello to them? If you wish to live a meaningful experience while being part of a friendly team click here!