Sophea captured our hearts in the award winning documentary, Sophea's Dream, by UK film director Ross Harrison.
It has been two years since the short film, Sophea's Dream, was released.
Since 2015, Sophea says her family moved into a new home and her living conditions are much better now. She feels like she has more time to concentrate on her studies because her mum is encouraging her to spend less time helping with the family business and more time on her education.
Like any teenage girl, Sophea says that her passion has changed from two years ago when she wanted to be a tour guide.
"Opportunities at AusCam and my personal life experiences have inspired me to want to be a social worker. Seeing poverty and tough living situations surrounding me in my country make me want to be a social worker so that I can help girls and people in Cambodia."
Sophea is a natural leader and is a phenomenal example of a girl who has really taken all of the opportunities given to her and used them to the fullest. She is one of the leaders of AusCam's Girls Club. She chose to be a leader so that she could gain leadership experience, teaching and choosing topics for the discussions. Being a leader in Girls Club at AusCam has built her confidence to feel ready to take on more leadership roles.
Through AusCam's referral, Sophea was encouraged to join Skateistan, an international non-profit organisation that uses skateboarding and education for youth empowerment (https://www.skateistan.org/). She is currently a leader there and won "Citizen of the Month Award" with them. She enjoys helping younger kids there by teaching them Art and Skating. AusCam Freedom Project exists to open doors and create meaningful opportunities like this for young women in Cambodia.
"My favourite experience at AusCam Freedom Project was the Scholarship Workshop Day! I was very inspired by Thavry Thul, (a young Cambodian author), when she spoke about how she applied for scholarships to study abroad and was able to study at a University in Europe.
Thavry told us that if we are going to have a dream we should DREAM BIG. My dreams right now are to graduate from grade 12, volunteer at AusCam, study in University and then study abroad in Japan. I want to then come back to Cambodia and develop my country!"
Sophea says she feels very happy to have a Sponsor who cares for her. Having a sponsor allows her to not feel stressed about where she will be able to find the money for her school supplies, uniforms and a bicycle. She also can feel at ease to know that her family is also receiving help through AusCam's Rice Support Program.
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Sophea's story is just 1 of many powerful testimonies at AusCam. Opportunities and people she has encountered through AusCam have inspired Sophea to stay in school and dream BIG so that she can in return help her country. Sponsorship is a profound investment with a substantial profit! There are many girls at AusCam like Sophea with BIG dreams in their hearts waiting to burst out.
It is an exciting time at AusCam Freedom Project
and we want you to be a part of it.
Are you ready to DREAM BIG with us?
By Jenna Comontofski
AusCam Communications & Marketing Coordinator
PROTECTION & EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION, MENTORING & LIFE SKILLS
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