Wandy Long - Activities Centre Leader, Stean Menchey


I grew up on a boat in a fishing family. My father caught the fish and my mother sold it in the market. My family wanted me to go to school and learn but my friend took me to Russian Market to go begging.

I was about 4 or 5 years old when I went begging in the market, while my family thought I was at school. I was so excited when someone gave me $1. It was so much money! From then on I was sometimes at school and sometimes begging. It was easier begging than at school. One time I even stole the beer from a wedding tent so I didn’t have to pay for it.

In Russian Market I made friends with some people from the USA, foreigners, and they asked why I was not at school. These people took me to church and found a family to sponsor me to go to school. I still might have gone begging except they made sure I went.

When I finished high school I didn’t go to University but I got a job teaching Khmer to foreigners. I found this job very stressful and difficult. I got very discouraged so I prayed to God to help me to be a better teacher. I ended up doing this job for seven years.

Now I am married and my wife sells sugar cane. I became a social worker and taught Maths and English at another NGO. But the NGO project was closed so I applied for the job at Flame.