By Kyle Daley
Growing up in poverty in Cambodia, during the Vietnam War, Muoy You recalls living in a squatters’ shack where she turned to books and studying as a means of escape. In the early 70’s, You won a scholarship to study in France. During her time in Europe, You’s parents and siblings were among the 2 million victims in the Pol Pot’s killing fields.
Over the next 20 years, You focused on raising a family and serving as a teacher in Africa and in the Middle East.
Now back in her native Cambodia, You established the Seametrey Children’s Village, a private initiative focused on providing the children of her homeland the same educational opportunities she was given.
In order to achieve this, You mortgaged her home, bought a small plot of land, and transformed a run-down shack into a classroom where she could inspire future generations of Cambodians.
You keeps the opportunity of a great education open to everyone — students and their families pay only what they could afford. Cambodia, a country with a rigid class system, You treats all of her students the same, and expects her students to do the same as well. The result is a school where the sons and daughters of the wealthy elite and poor underclass have the opportunity to become the best of friends.
If you would like to help with educational programs in Cambodia:
- Provide needed low-cost technologies to teachers in the poorest neighborhoods.
- Help feed a class of 10 students for an entire school year.
- Assist Room-to-Read partner with villages to build much needed schools.
For more ways to help, visit UniversalGiving.org.