Dear children, friends, supporters and partners,
I am very proud to announce you that I have been nominated to the World’s Children’s Prize 2015. It is an honor to be chosen for the “Children’s Nobel Prize” as I share their vision of “a world where the rights of the child are universally respected and where every new generation grows up as humane global citizens”.
All my life I have been fighting for the rights of he children of Cambodia but I truly believe every single child in the World should have the chance to go to school. Meeting some street children in 2002 inspired me to do something and help them to get an education. I quit my job, took everything I had and built a classroom on the infamous garbage dump site of Stung Mean Chey in Phnom Penh where families and children were working and living on hectares of garbage. Thirteen years later, there are still many garbage pickers in the capital of my country but I managed to open three schools in the area that serve over 1300 children a day with education, uniforms, school material, nutritious meals, healthcare and clean water. We have classes from nursery to Grade 6 and we assist the students from Grade 7 until they finish university as well as providing vocational training programs. PIO built a shelter in 2009 for 75 children and provides them with three meals a day, clothes, hygiene products, healthcare and above all, a safe environment.
I want to thank every one of you for being there and supporting PIO’s mission and actions. Thanks to your support, PIO continues to help the children of Cambodian, their families and their communities. I hope my work inspires others to help children in the World reach their full potential.
From today, children from all over the World will be able to vote for their Child’s Rights Hero. In October 2015, the World’s Children’s Prize will be awarded in Sweden. Details can be found on the website worldschildrensprize.
With your ongoing support, we can make the World a better place.
Thank you all,