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 wholeheartedly thank the companies which have been welcoming Chhengtay and Kosal for job shadowing experience.
Chhengtay and Kosal have been sponsored for many years. And you, would you like to make a difference?
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.
4th – 10th December
Winter is coming
Last week, Kosal and Chhengtay had the opportunity to start one of their last work shadowing. Chhengtay is at Air France discovering the financial departments and Kosal is at Bouygues shadowing some engineers and discovering the aviation industry.
On Thursday 7th December, Children of the Mekong was the special guest of the Christmas bazar at the Lycée Français. Kosal and Chhengtay were representing the charity and raised £226 by selling christmas items and collecting donations. Congratulations to them!
On Friday 8th December, Children of the Mekong hosted its Christmas party which was also a farewell party for Kosal and Chhengtay who are leaving on Thursday 14th December in the evening. We all had a very good time and the staff was happy to see so many of you!
On Saturday 9th December, Chhengtay and Kosal went to a tap-dancing show with Catherine, Chhengtay’s host mother.
On Sunday 10th December, they were invited for an international dinner during which each guest had to cook a dish from its country. Kosal cooked octopus and Chhengtay cooked fish. The originality of this event made it memorable.
27th November - 3rd December
The last few weeks before departure
On Monday 27 November, Crédit Agricole organised a farewell party for Chhengtay and Kosal after their 4-week shadowing in the bank. All the people they met were there to congratulate them and to hear the story of their adventures in UK. It was a wonderful time!
On Tuesday 28, Kosal started his long-awaited work shadowing at Bouygues construction where he is happy to be able to go on site.
On Wednesday 29, Chhengtay and Kosal met Lakshmi, Nam and Steve who organised for them an « Inspire Day » in Barclays earlier in October. They did a quick London River tour around the London Bridge area and ended up the evening in a very smart and British Pub-Restaurant. Kosal tried steak for the first time and it was the biggest one they all had ever seen!
On Thursday 30, Chhengtay had the fantastic opportunity to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour with Ona, Marco and Virginie from Crédit Agricole. It was for Chhengtay a dream come true as she is a real Potterhead.
Finally on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, Chhengtay was invited for a family weekend at Berangère Bacquey’s place.
20th - 26th November
A very busy week
From Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd they went to Fidelity Investment for a work shadowing. They learned about the various facets of finances services. For Chhengtay the focus was made on asset management and Kosal got to know about financial services in construction.
On Tuesday 21st they had the great opportunity tu be invited by UCL to attend a conference held by Somsook Boonyabancha a specialist on urban poor housing development and slum upgrading in Thailand and other Asian countries.
On Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th our two scholars were invited to work shadow in CFTE (Center for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship) and had a good overview the organisation’s activities with a specific focus on financial technologies and innovation.
The week-end was good fun as they enjoyed a very French crepes party with Chhengtay’s host family on Friday ; went to the National History Museum with family Pfister on Saturday and did not rest on Sunday as they met Anthony (one of the main instigators of the Scholrship) who took them to a café for a typical English Brunch, then to the artsdepot where the watched a performance of Ebenezer Scrooge and finally to a 4D cinema to watch Justice League.