Tang Khiev | Cambodia

Teacher support

Teacher Support - Tang Khiev - Cambodia
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In progress

Manna4life has been providing education since 2014 to 120 and 160 students per year. Initially, it was with the Mango Tree School (which our partners operated), but it was beyond their means to continue in this fashion. Manna4life partnered with another private Christian school a few kilometers away and transfered all the students to the new school. Initially, the transition went well as the school hired all the teachers from the Mango Tree School.

When the global pandemic hit, many challenges began to arise. The schools were closed and then reopened about 6 times in 2020 with many of the graduates not being able to complete last year's grade levels until the end of December. Each time the schools closed there was a drop in attendance due to a couple of reasons. Some students needed to work for their families as many parents lost their income due to cutbacks at garment factories. Also, some families moved away looking for work, and some students of working-age also dropped out. Mann4life tried to counter this in many ways as they met with families individually and as a group to determine what needs had to be met in order to keep their children in school. This led to a few changes in the way the ministry provided support; they included providing food, offering additional subsidies for children's tuition, and tutoring students who were falling behind because of the school closures.

In 2021 there were 65 students supported almost entirely through donations. Funds go towards students' tuition, transportation, food program, and teacher support.

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God encourages the faithful through his people

It was a joy for Leakhena and Kevin to visit students in Phnom. Ten 10th-grade students attended English Camp for two weeks of training, fun and fellowship. Leakhena and Kevin saw these young students grow in their lives, studies and faith. They will enter grade 11 next school year, and their dreams of attending higher education are in sight.

At the same time, and despite the encouragement at English Camp, Leakhena has felt down because of problems in the village and health situations with her family. Problems with villagers make missionaries wonder if their ministry is making any difference at all. Most would admit to asking God this question, but God often uses others to encourage his people.

Leakhena recently received an encouraging post from Sreynet, a grade 11 student whom Leakhena had invested much time in as she so often wanted to quit school between grade 5 and grade 10. However, she now looks forward to finishing university and living a better life. Sreynet is a believer and is a great example for her sister and cousins.

Sreynet said, "One day I will go back to thank the people who helped me in the past and I will never forget, every action was done from the heart, and true love fell on me. Every time I think about it, it makes me so warm and happy. Thank you, teacher Leakhena, for not giving up on me. I understand now.”  

It was exactly what Leakhena needed to hear the very moment she received it. God is great!

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