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Fronline Journal-Draft Assignment

Dear all,

I have done my draft assignment and I am waiting more idea on my work. I am happy to get all your comments! Please help me to improve my work...Thanks so much!!!

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Cambodia is being rapidly developed as noticed but some poor rural areas are still affected with some impacts of enrolling school and getting high education and lacking of employment. Many street children are asking money on the street, their families are so poor. Most of them are from the rural areas of Cambodia and they force their children drop out of their school to work over the fields or to work as housemates.

Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. For the social and economic are scars. Many millions of land mines were sowed throughout the country side, where millions still lie, hidden and unexploded. Many Cambodian who live in this areas, and they are an obstacle to agricultural development.

Many people are moving from the more densely populated province into the city and some of them have flied to work for other neighbor countries such as Thai, Malaysia and Korea. Cambodia's poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood, but at least 12 per cent of poor people are landless. Small-scale farmers practice agriculture at the subsistence level, using traditional methods and productivity is low.

Two thirds of the country's 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 30 per cent of household expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid.

Poor Residence Areas Block, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 02 January 2011 – Fourteen years old Oung Srey Leak had to drop out of her school for over one year now when her father died and mother has a breast cancer so Leak has to work to raise her younger siblings and earns money to cure her mother. For this little girl, she needs to go to school to study but unfortunately she has to work as a housemate in order to earn money to support her family. “I used to cry when I saw other young girls around my ages on their way to school while I was walking to buy food at the market for my house owner,” Srey Leak says.

It’s really sad when I interviewed her, her family moved to live in Phnom Penh in 2009 and her house is near my new house at Cambodia International Airport block. My parents always give some little money to her and her mother or sometimes we gives them rice. Luckily her mother has been offered a treatment from Sihanouk Hospital for her Breast Cancer, due to her diagnose is still be cured so she has a free treatment from the hospital. Anyways, Leak has to work more and more to help her siblings but she really wants to study and I have helped her by finding some NGOs to offer her for studying or training skill, anyways I and she are still waiting the result that I have contacted a few NGOs in Cambodia.

My Childhood:

I was born in 1987 in a low class family from Korki Thom Village, Kandal Province where no one is educated. I don't have any siblings but I do love my cousins as my siblings. Without education, my parents have met many obstacles to help our lives. My parents moved to Phnom Penh City when I was 3 years old in order to earn more money to support my family and send me to school. Before my father was a worker and mother was a seller, both of them earned money so hard to raise and send me to school. The poverty became the biggest barrier all the times for me, thus I had tried to overcome all those barriers to get education. I do remember my parents said "Education is more precious than diamond", he added, "Try to study hard daughter, it’s a real wealth that you need to find and none can steal it from you. So all these things have been kept in my mind and heart forever!

Living in a poor family is not an easy thing to get higher education even we are clever and out standing from the nature, thus we have to try and try to over come those obstacles so our future will be bright. Only one thing that I could do and try in that time was “Never Be Hopeless” as I always think and say I am living in a dream so a dream is my Hope and Hope is my Dream. Poverty is the main reason that keeps me easy being out of school but I also need to overcome other obstacles including the traditional perception that girls don’t need higher education beyond Grade 6 or 9.

According to World Bank’s statement, most Cambodian children attend some schooling, but a large share complete only a few grades-with 85 percent of 15 to 19 year olds completing grade 1, while only 27 percent complete grade 7. There are also disparities in education participation rates by different regions, income groups and gender. Inefficiency and poor quality in education service delivery at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, weak local management capacity and a lack of reliability in education finance disbursement are other major challenges in the sector.

I remember when I was a child, in secondary school, most of my classmates looked down on me and they didn’t even talk or listen to me but I always encouraged myself to be strong to stand and to study hard. My nightmare of my life was to lost scholarship because of my family was poor, they scorned me that the poor people should go to sell vegetable or ask money from the rich at the market or on the road. All of these scorning words have been kept in my brain forever.
In high school, I had met many obstacles to study since my father earned money less and less and my mother became get an illness so I had to share some of my study to help them to sell ice. 3 years in High School, I always got the lowest score in school due to the school’s corruption; most teachers forced students to study overtime and if the students didn’t study then they would fail the students who didn’t pay for them. It was a heartbreaking that the poor students weren’t easy to attend class regularly.

In 2005, I was lucky as I could finish my Grade 12 with the medium grade. On the other hand, I felt so disappointed because I lose a scholarship or just because I didn’t have money to give them when I sit and wrote my paper test. I really felt beyond for what I had thought; I made my parents hopeless with the government scholarship as I already lose it. Been lucky again as I had a half scholarship from a Private University, Norton University for my 4 years study in Arts – English Literature.

My Life Today:

I graduated from Norton University in 2009, on the field of English Literature and yes I am now pursuing Master Program on the field of Development Management at Norton University. I do love this skill as it will help me more to achieve what I am doing and hoping. I have learned how to communicate in multicultural environment. Beyond this, I have been working for the bank FISB as an Administrator and also volunteering for Soroptimist International Phnom Penh as a Fundraising Officer. I do love all of my work, it doesn't give me own benefit but to the whole of my family, community, country and the world. And yes I can say my family is better than before even we are not so rich but we can afford our living and can support some of our relatives to study.

Life as a Soroptimist:

I became a part of Soroptimists on June 2010, even my club has just been begun but we all have tried so hard to make our project processed. Our first project is Breast Cancer Awareness, we all are happy to volunteer and be soroptimists. My life has been moved after I involved with the Soroptimist work. Soroptimists around the world are working so hard to empower women and girls to help their lives better and brighter. Many women and girls in Cambodia died because of this decease; a diagnosis of breast cancer is scary for any woman. But imagine being a woman in Cambodia, where the number of physicians is estimated at a dismal 16 for every 100,000 citizens, and where the cost of even basic medication is beyond the reach of most people.
Breast Cancer is ranged Number 2 in Cambodia due to women who are having a breast cancer is 80% late to be cured and most of them are from part of poor rural areas in Cambodia, the World Bank states that 35% of Cambodia's population of around 15 million exists on less than $.50 USD per day; moreover, an alarming number of Cambodian women die every year due to a lack of public awareness, limited cancer screening opportunities and the high cost of treatment. Offering the rural poor population of Cambodia free services is critical because the exorbitant cost of cancer care often prevents cancer patients from seeking treatment.

Life with PulseWire & Correspondent:

I have involved with WP since July 2010, yes only a short time with this platform, my life has been changed. I started to be confident, stronger, and braver; I have learned from others people & my own mistake. Moreover, I always get wonderful ideas and encouragement from many PulseWire sisters and staff. I have built more capacity - build up my personal and professional development. Finally, I will have a network with World Pulse allies that can be helpful for problem solving.

I am so proud of myself to be selected as one of 30 women among of 600 candidates from 87 countries for 2010 Voices of Our Future Correspondent Training. Being a correspondent makes me more confident and yes I can know who I am, where I am standing, what I am doing and who I will be. It’s a half success in my life to bring my hope and dream goes forward.

One day I got email from Rachael introducing me to 10x10 Act Project – Educate Girl Change the World. It was seem just a dream for me to sit in front of 10x10 Staff and told about my life. I felt happy and excited to talk to her, Yasmina Guerda, at my home. I can say that it’s my first time that someone asked and interviewed about my life’s journey. We met and interviewed around 2 hours about everything I have met and succeeded, especially, my education that I have earned from the poor family.

I have jointed some projects to help women everywhere; I have currently collaborated with Patty Kean, a Director and President for Helpwomenheal organization, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of raising awareness about health conditions for most Afghan women and children, including refugees by hosting events to raise some donations from Cambodia or such as other countries if possible.

My Vision and Dream:

Many poorer countries such as Cambodia suffer from an inadequate education system. This has the effect of keeping people poor, as without literacy and economically viable skills, they don’t have any way of improving their situation. In Cambodia, NGOs play quite a big role in helping to provide education for the children who are most in need, but education in the country overall still needs much more money being spent on it. Otherwise, Cambodia’s huge numbers of young people won’t be able to get the education and skills they’ll need to contribute meaningfully to the economy.

I will be happy and peaceable if I can see many poor children, especially, girls are sent to school to get education and have good lives in the society. I want to learn more and more and make people aware of the dangers we are facing so that my village can develop like those in other countries and stop all the problems like security, trafficking and the degradation of the environment. I just wished that all girls in poor families could study like me.

I have a dream, and yes I am living on my dream. Living in a dream is the best courage to enforce me to get my goal. I would love to set up an NGO that will work to promote about human right, education and poverty. Let's see how far I can achieve my dream.

Comments

warona's picture

Thats Sarvina!

Dear Sarvina,

I know you are looking forward to hearing from us dear, but as for me now,i want to say congradulations gal. You have done it.Your piece says it all.I believe you ve touched all the areas of your life,there is nothing left for us to judge or comment,well done!

Congratulations Sarvina

Your Sister

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Sarvina's picture

Dear sister Warona, Thanks so

Dear sister Warona,

Thanks so much for your comment and encouragement! I am waiting to read yours too:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Wow Sarvina!

You see you've made it! This is such an interesting piece. You tackle common problems encountered in third world countries like yours and mine. I'm really sure many of our sisters can relate very well with these issues.... All the best ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister Emie, Yeah I have

Hi sister Emie,

Yeah I have made it because I have had you who always help me how to start it too. Really thanks to you sister!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Emie Zozobrado's picture

We are sisters!

I have you, too, Sarvina! So many times you have always reminded me of things I have missed ... and I appreciate that very much! All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Sarvina's picture

Yeah we always help each

Yeah we always help each other coz we are sisters.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

HARMONY's picture

How far can you achieve your

How far can you achieve your dream? I will tell you that if you can dream it the you can achieve it!

You tried hard and got it. Congrats! I will read again and see If I have some question to help with your piece.

Your avice to yourself is graet:"Never be Hopeless" I like it.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Sarvina's picture

Hi Harmony, Thanks so much

Hi Harmony,

Thanks so much for your encouragement! Yeah we shouldn't give up our dream so one day we will achieve it. Thanks again for taking time on my piece. I am waiting more corrections from you dear, of course Never Be Hopeless so we will get our goal. Smile smile and Hope Hope, success will come!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

nilima's picture

lovely sarvina

as i read your piece of writing yesterday night i felt so proud of having a friend like you. I salute your self motivation. And i am so much impressed that how you have included the pulse wire experience in your life. After different hurdles, difficulties , success, and your life experiences , you have made it to your destiny. you have a clear dream and it is said that only those people get success in life who have a clear dream and i can see that in you.

It is such a wonderful thing that you are still connected to those people who are in need though you have come across the same situation and have achieved a good standard life. What i believe is that people should never forget what and where are they from in life before , it encourages and motivates to go ahead in life.

And i like the entire piece of your forntline, you have wrote it perfectly and structured it in a nice way in my understanding. only thing i felt to change in this if you like is, you can put the introduction of Cambodia after your story, and then again about your life, And your involvements. Just a thought, as you know i am too lil confuse about the front line structure!

My best wishes to you my friend:)

Sarvina's picture

Hi Nilima! Million thanks for

Hi Nilima! Million thanks for your sweet words, encouragement and always stay by my sides. I am proud of haing a friend like you. I have learned from you and others how to improve myself. And yeah I can say after joining worldpulse and until I become a correspondent I seem become a new person in here.

Of course I have never forgotten where I am from and ever been, so I must help them if I can. Sure dear your suggestion is so important for me to help my assignment and I am so happy to get it from you. It can help me to have a better frontline journal for my last one.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

nilima's picture

:)

:)

Farona's picture

Patriotism and passion !

Sarvina ! my dear :- ) enjoyed reading your post …proud to have you as my VOF mate !
Our countries may be miles apart, but I could relate to a lot of your struggles ,e.g. making sure I get good education, university fees, scholarship etc !

My country ‘s top killer disease for women is breast cancer ! the main reason is unhealthy diet, lack of activity – what’s the main cause in Cambodia ? may be digging deeper into the causes will help raise awareness about preventing breast cancer in the first place. I have been involved in several breast cancer campaigns, I learned a lot !

I feel your passion! Keep writing ! – not sure if my suggestion are apt or even right – but I guess as a reader I would have preferred to have the subheadings to be a bit more exciting ? not sure if ‘exciting’ is the correct word..Hmm..may be instead of writing “childhood years” you can substitute another sentence that indicates you’re writing about childhood years ?

Sarvina's picture

Hi Farona,Thanks so much for

Hi Farona,

Thanks so much for taking time to read my draft and writing me a wonderful encouragement! I am so appreciated with your suggestion and yes It helps me alot to improve my frontline writing. Yeah the main cause for breast cancer in my country is lacking of health care system - unhealthy diet too. Most of them are poor so they have never cared about this disease until they get it. Yeh it also kills many women in my country.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Well done for completing it. It is an emotional journey and it is written well Sarvina. Thank you for sharing.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

Sarvina's picture

Thanks so much Rudzanimbilu

Thanks so much Rudzanimbilu for taking time to read my draft and writing me an encouragement! I hope i can read yours soon:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

vivian's picture

finally, you made it

Hi Sarvina,

Am so happy you finally made it. The journey of one million miles begins with a step. You are done and this is good, well composed. At least, I know more about you now and about your country cambodia. Notwithstanding, I will say that apart from some grammar error which am sure your editorial will correct and lines like " For the social and economic are scars" Which I do not clearly understand and think should be removed or readdress. You have done a tough job that came out well and am proud of you. well done

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Sarvina's picture

Hi Vivian, Yeh I am happy coz

Hi Vivian,

Yeh I am happy coz I have finally posted my draft anyways I am still needing feedback from you all. I feel it's a big work for me to write and yes I have tried it. Of course many thanks for your feedback, I will correct it before I send my midwife again. Really really thanks dear sister. I am waiting to read yours too:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Dear sister

You are honored to overcome the hardships and reached to these developments . We have in common to face these similar issues ans I hope we can defeat the challenges soon.

Kind Regards

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister NI NI, Really

Hi sister NI NI,

Really thanks for your encouragement! I have been moved because of knowing you and other sisters here. Yeah I also hope we can defeat it. Try try....!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Sarvina, What a

Dearest Sarvina,

What a wonderful piece you wrote! i really enjoyed reading it.

I don't have any suggestions to add but let me just say Congratulations for a well done piece of writing.

Cheers.
RA

Sarvina's picture

Dearest Ruun, Really thanks

Dearest Ruun,

Really thanks for your encouragement! I am so happy to get your comment. It helps me moved. I am waiting to read yours too:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

usha kc's picture

Sarvina Baini( younger sister

Sarvina Baini( younger sister in Nepali),
I really appriciate yoour writtings. When I was reading I could not stop my eyes to rain that you mentioned about the attitude to-wards the gir's higher education same is here at my society too.
The way you walked and keep walking is praise worthy you are the true kid of your parents.
Reading your writtings help me to know more in details about you and your country.

umm,, about feed back as I am poor in english I could not but the line ...socio and economic is scare.." is somw how confusing as Vivian already mentioned it.

keep writting.

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister Usha, Baini, really

Hi sister Usha,

Baini, really beautiful word. I can know one Nepali word from you. Hey thank you so much for taking time to read my draft and encouraging me! I am happy to hear you know more detail about me and my country through my article. Yeah our countries Nepal and Cambodia - our cultures are bit the same where girls and poor people are still limited in education. But we have to fight those obstacles for our better lives.

Of course your English is good - all times I read your article I have learned from your English writing. I am appreciated with your feedback and really thanks for your comment. I will make it edited in the final one.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

usha kc's picture

So sweet words you wrote

So sweet words you wrote about me,,, thank u dear.
when started to write my finger got hurry u for typing Baini,,, so did not delete it and you are so younger than me so that saying "Baini" is good as I feel.
oh, I am making my nose flatter hearing that you have learned form my english,,,,,,, though I it's not possible!!!! but sure I read your every artical thoroughly and learned a lot .

ok be in touch and make me feel nearer.

Sarvina's picture

Yeah I do love this word

Yeah I do love this word Baini. Sure I have learned English from your writing, comments coz I think your English is well. We can learn English from many people here. I am so happy to know you sister! You are so sweet:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

usha kc's picture

Sure dear,, we learn form

Sure dear,, we learn form each other,,, cheers!

Mei Li's picture

Sarvina!

I do miss your voice the most. I have not read posts as diligently as I hoped to starting this experience. I have missed your words and perspective immensely. The only suggestion I have may be paired with something another sister said above. I remember on the conference call and through the materials it suggested to start with a strong narrative lead. When I read this sentence that you wrote, I thought it may even be a helpful introduction to your passion behind education and your own struggles and success. It seems to be this simple idea planted in your head by your parents that has stuck, even through hardship:

"Education is more precious than diamond", he added, "Try to study hard daughter, it’s a real wealth that you need to find and none can steal it from you. So all these things have been kept in my mind and heart forever!"

Today in class my professor asked why I was there and I told her I decided to take all classes this semester that pleased me.

Women in Global Society
Literature and the American Experience
Int. Fiction
Contemporary Women Writers
and....so my hands stay busy and my breath content - ceramics.

I have spent the past 7 years encouraging women to embrace education and they came from backgrounds that never set them up for success or provided resources and options to break the cycles of poverty they had been born into. It is a gift to encourage others to work through the barriers, and your parents are right - education is far more precious than a diamond.

I hope to be more in touch and in tune after this draft and submission. I'm looking forward to reading your final piece!

"...our compassion is the practice of unconditioning." Jakusho Kwong Roshi

Sarvina's picture

Hi Mei Li, Yeah really thanks

Hi Mei Li,

Yeah really thanks for your comment! I am so happy to get all these feedbacks - I am now reworking on it and hope I can summit it on time. You are an amazing lady in my eyes who always help the others. Hope you have a great time and fun there!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Mursal Hamraz's picture

Heart Touching,

Dear Sarvina,

Your piece of writing is the first that I have just read and it is really well-written. in fact, child labour is very common everywhere. Even in my country, many and many children are working outside for the whole day to only earn the amount of money to buy a piece of bread as a source of survival, but they are not able to touch a book or pen and try to use it for a bright future. Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice, truthful, and heart touching piece with us. It is perfect!

Best of luck for you,

With love,

Mursal

Sarvina's picture

Dear Mursal, Many thanks for

Dear Mursal,

Many thanks for taking time to read and writing me such as an inspiring comment! I feel so moved after reading your comment dear. We try to struggle for our success!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

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