Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Dream Another Dream

My relatives usually said that in the future I will become a farmer for sure simply because I have two black spots lying on my right shoulder. The spots can be translated that I will use my shoulder to carry water for agricultural purposes. The saying implies that I don’t need high education because anyhow I will become a farmer. I was very disappointed because I wanted to be an English teacher, not a farmer. To pursue my dream I studied English with an English teacher in a Buddhist temple in my village.

As my village school has only up to grade six, it was disadvantaged for me to pursue higher education. Fortunately, my family moved to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia where there are many private English schools. It was a lot more painful for me because my family could not afford. Hence, I studied English with some organizations where they provide free English lessons.

After a few years, my mother had some money to afford my part time English class where I could study proper English with a good teacher. It was a little expensive for me, but I have improved a lot within a short time. Then I applied for a scholarship in a newly international university “Asian University for Women”. One of the reasons that I applied for the scholarship was all the things about the university was written in perfect English which most of the words require me to check dictionary in order to get a sense what it means.

More than lucky, I got a phone call from my country coordinator telling me in English that I was selected for the scholarship. At that time I was in class, but I was so excited with the news so I ran home telling my mother, “I was selected and I am going to study abroad with many students from all over Asia. Especially, I will study in English from high standard university.”

My future dream will no longer unreachable, instead it gives me a chance to have a bigger dream. And that dream is to go back to Cambodia and help the government to improve our education system.


Sarvina's picture

Hi Kimsru, Congrats for your

Hi Kimsru,

Congrats for your achievement! I am happy for you, you will be a good rolde model for our country. I am sure you will bring a change to hometown. Your piece have touched my heart and I feel that you will become a shiny star for all of us Cambodian. Keep up your good work, you will get what you want in the future. I wish you all the best...!



Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

duth.kimsru's picture


Hi Sarvina,

It is hard for me to bring a change, but together we will bring change. I always encourage my friends through online network as well as face to face to be the strong force for the future of Cambodia. It is very inspiring to get support from you and some of my other friends. I strongly believe in networking and hight commitment.



rgdaoud's picture

Thus, girls

Dear you are successful at the entrance of your story where your relatives mentioned that you predict your future based on the fairy tale legacy .. I like your insistence on achieving your dream and your efforts in the creation of covalent and non-reality of you to be a farmer cultivate salute you ... and you Tnadili for science and learning ... certainly Like you are live up by women

duth.kimsru's picture

Hope for a better future

Dear sister,

I think it is time for elder to change their perspectives on how the next generation is going to live. Because of the achievement that I have gone through most of my relatives are more opened to listen to their children and grand children. I really want to hear this kind of story for every corner of the world. Hopefully in the future, children will be shaped in differently from what that our mother and grandmother were raised up.



Dear Kimsru,
I loved reading your story, it really warmed my heart. I am very proud of you for sticking up for your dream and trying your hardest to accomplish it. And I know this is just the beginning of a long and amazing journey for you! So I hope you will keep us informed of your progress while at the University! I can't wait to hear about your experiences!

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

Linda M. Ando's picture

Best kind of Farmer...

Dear Kimsru,

Hello! Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to so many young girls & boys who dream to be more than what others may think possible for them. It is so important to BELIEVE in the impossible as POSSIBLE.

As your relatives predicted, you will be a farmer but what kind of farmer? What will you grow? You are a Farmer who plants seeds of hope, knowledge and takes good care to nurture them to grow their mind, spirit and future.

Your hard work, dedication and passion to study English with the vision to empower Khmer youth to be citizens of the world is admirable and achievable. Please keep up the good work and believe in your dream.

I am touched to know that you and your Khmer sister, Sarvina are working hard to educate and inspire Khmer girls and boys to realize their dreams.

Thank you!

With gratitude and respect,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

olakitike's picture

You are the miracle

I truly admire you faith in yourself, you determination to dream another dream and your refusal to allow society's expectations to tie you down. You are the miracle

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Face to Face with the U.S. Special Envoy to DRC

Face to Face with the U.S. Special Envoy to DRC

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Highlights of the 2014 World Pulse LIVE Tour

Highlights of the 2014 World Pulse LIVE Tour

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative