Children of the Mekong Scholarship
About the Scholarship
The Scholarship is an extension of Children of the Mekong’s core purpose of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. It is a first of its kind for Enfants du Mekong.
This is a life-changing experience for outstanding students who are showing above average leadership potential.
Chhengtay and Kosal have been selected using the excellence criteria and their ability and motivation to experience such an adventure.
This is their first international experience and the focus of their stay is on English language skills and a job observation opportunity with our corporate partner providing them with their first exposure to international business.
We are currently looking for more job shadowing opporutities in the sector of audit and construction. Get involved in this unique initiative and welcome Chhengtay and/or Kosal for few days in your company!
Chhengtay is 23 years old, and has been sponsored by Enfants du Mekong since 2011. She is a 4th year student in Finance and Banking, at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh and has presented with success her final thesis. She comes from a family of 5 children in the province of Beantey Manchey, where her parents are small-scale farmers.
She loves spending time with her friends, reading and Harry Potter.
Kosal is 24 years old, and has been sponsored by Enfants du Mekong since 2012. He a recent graduate in rural engineering at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia in Phnom Penh after 5 years of studies.
He comes from a family of 5 children in the province of Beantey Manchey, where his parents are farmers.
He is a huge fan of football, loves theater and wish to create his own construction business.
9th - 15th October
Kosal and Chhengtay 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.
2nd - 8th October
One Autumn in United Kingdom
Chhengtay and Kosal are acclimating progressively to being in UK, but they are noT acclimating to... climate yet!
They will continue to go to their intensive English courses where they made a lot of friends. Kosal has even met his classmates for an afterwork at The Chapel bar in Paddington area.
On Wednesday, October the 4th, they met our friend and sponsor Ludovic De Beaucorps and his family for a dinner. Kosal and Chhengtay are actually very good with kids.
Last Saturday they got involved in The Greenshoots' fundraising event in Clapham Common Park and tasted the delicious and organic vegetables grown in the garden. Then they have been invited by Katherine and Benjamin De Gaullier to go to the British Museum
On Sunday the 8th, they met family Felzines.
- Kosal and Chhengtay have also written the first testimony of their stay in London. To be published soon... -
25 September - 1st October
First week of intensive English course
Chhengtay and Kosal started their first week of intensive English courses at Edgware Academy in Edgware Road, London. They are in the "upper-intermediate" class with students from South America, South Europe and Asia.
During the weekend, they spent time with families in Clapham and Richmond Park.