Small Scholarships for Big Chances
There is hardly enough time in one Cambodian day for our young teacher Sovann when facing his biggest trial. One week of final exams lay ahead, a week that would direct his future and hopefully meet the high expectations of his parents in their only son. I’ve never seen somebody study with such drive. 20 hours a day, being kept up only by the strength of his will. But then the discovery! The School’s mobile phone has an alarm! One who sets it to ‘3:30 am’ will reliably be woken before dawn and can learn formulas in the light of the oil-lamp, before the first rooster crows. For Sovann this was a great technological advancement. He used to sleep outside to be woken by the bites of the mosquitoes. The biggest step, however, was one that he took after he successfully passed the final exams... With a Mithona Scholarship, Sovann is now studying Business Administration in Phnom Penh.
Hendrik Heinze, Berlin
A university degree in Cambodia takes four years or more to complete. The costs, including the course fees, study books and living costs, are around $60 US (50€) per month. By sponsoring a student, you are empowering a very talented and ambitious young Cambodian to tap into their own well of strength in the area they are most passionate about. This can have an extraordinary impact on the richness of the life of the student, and also their families. It is very important for Cambodia that an honest and well educated generation can emerge, one that will be empowered to fight the ripe corruption in this country. We believe that your money is very well invested.
Mithona means ‘June’ in Khmer. In June 2004, we began the Mithona Project. Every June students are preparing for their final exams and young Cambodians are feeling excited about the prospects of the coming years. At this same time each year, it is our goal to have found supporters for two more high achievers to instil further hope in their flourishing futures.