Cambodia Trip 2017 was a success!
This past April, Mateo Brady returned to Cambodia to reconnect with Project Leader, Chan Minea. Together they delivered 200 freshly printed copies of "A New Hope" to the village of Prey Veng. Having been in the works since November 2015, local Headmaster Socheat was more than eager to receive the books and get them into the hands of his staff. The books center on the story of Sokleng, a young girl from Prey Veng village. With the help of her school mates, Sokleng helps to educate the local children and villagers about the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation. All characters and locations in the book are based on the very people whom Mateo has gotten to know over the past three years. The local children were amazed to see their names, their school, their families, and their story represented in a professionally crafted book that they helped to create.
As further plans to print more books are underway, the first 200 hundred books were distributed by Socheat among five village schools within his district of Puok. The books were printed in both Khmer and English and will be used as both a handy guidebook to proper hygiene as well as translation materials for English acquisition. Project Leader, Chan Minea, explained it as such:
"Growing up in a Cambodian village leaves many kids without proper access to up-to-date educational material, so for these kids to have their story laid to paper is both exciting and rewarding for all involved. With the English translation available - they can also use this as a tool to improve their foreign language ability, something that is of growing importance within Cambodia."
Mateo plans to return to Cambodia in 2018 to further evaluate the status and success of the project in person. Stay tuned as Project CREED plans to print and send more books to other schools in Cambodia!