Mothers are on our mind this week so we're highlighting one of the many strong and inspiring women and mothers who make our cycle of positive change possible.
Meet Noeun Chork
Noeun is one of the seamstresses who not only hand-sews the school uniforms we donate, but she also goes to the schools to take the measurements of the children to ensure each of their uniforms is a good fit.Her family is among the poorest in her village outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. When her husband passed away, she was left with 4 children to take care of on her own. She worked odd jobs such as selling firewood to try to make ends meet, but she was unable to earn enough money to feed her children.
"My house was in ruins and when I looked at the roof at night I could see the stars. When the rainy season began I was unable to find a place to sleep in my house. I was forced to wait until the rain stopped.”
Noeun's dream was to become a seamstress. Her village had only one sewing machine and not enough people with the skills to make school uniforms for the children there.
During an adult literacy class in Siem Reap, she told our partner NGO hosting the class about her dream and they helped her get training and a sewing machine to get started.
Since pursuing her new path, Noeun has trained 2 other seamstresses in her village and plays an essential role in ensuring the children that krama wheel supports receive high-quality uniforms in time to start school. With a more steady income she has significantly improved her family's standard of living and can now finally afford to put her own children in school.