I WOULD HAVE LOST MY SIGHT IF NOT FOR MR LENG
I will never forget that. Read Trai Vet's ODA story below
BUT FIRST A COVID UPDATE
All level students wear their school uniform each day to ensure they focus as they would at school. Like parents globally, Leng watches over them to help when needed.
COVID UPDATE Lockdown has been lifted for the Pchumb Ben Celebration time but will likely be closed again after that time. Double vaccination levels are very high in Cambodia from 12 years up and now they are beginning to vaccinate 3 to 11 year old’s in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other cities and villages will follow after that is completed. The authorities have staged a very efficient rollout. Like everywhere, Delta is still proving a challenge, but the vaccines seem to be making most infections not quite so serious. Leng still has the residential students in lockdown but as the internet is available there at most times, they are able to study online. Between Khmer studies which cover some 12 subjects, plus ODA English, Art, Computer, and Khmer Culture classes, so they are quite busy. After the study, all students tend the farm learning how to grow food for when they graduate from ODA and need to live an individual and very different life. This gives them physical work and a focus for their study free time so they don’t feel the lockdown too badly.
This photo was taken when I was about to start my Civil Engineering at university
MY LIFE JOURNEY IS SO FAR FROM MY REMOTE VILLAGE
THAT FLOODED EVERY WET SEASON.
That was good for growing rice, but we couldn’t get out again until the end of the rains.
My name is Trai Vet and this is my story of care, education, life, and dream opportunities through Leng and the ODA Residential School. My younger brother Trai Van and I lived with our parents in a small remote village. Life was hard and we worked in fields with our mother and father to grow rice to eat. My village hears about work in Thailand so our parents say they must go search for work there. Other villagers and some youths make plans to go too.
My Father hears about Mr. Leng and ODA so he asks if he can leave my brother and me there for a few months while they go to find work. It was about 2003 and I was 12 and Trai Van was 11.
The first time leaving my family I do feel scared and miss them very much but after Leng talk to me a lot I was then ok, at that time then it seem a lot like my village life. He spent time with us and gave us Art lessons and we learn to paint very well. He is a good kind man and teacher, not just in Art but in how to live your life as a good human. His wife Sry On was also very kind and make us feel like family at home. It is also quite normal in Cambodia to leave the family for education.
Early at ODA, I got a big problem with both my eyes and it look like I would lose my eyesight. I am very grateful to Leng as he take me to the Angkor Hospital for Children many times and they managed to fix it so I never have problems again to this day. This happens to children in Cambodia and they lose one or both eyes, so I remember to this day how kind Leng takes care of me and makes sure my eyes are repaired.