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Sophany Chhoun

I am 20 years old, and I was born in Preah Vihear province. I am a child of farmers. In my family, there are 8 siblings– five sisters, and three brothers. I am the youngest child in the family. My parents farm to support my family in our small village. My family supports me $80 per month for daily spendings such as study materials, rental room and daily food for living in Phnom Penh city. I am currently a second-year student in the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities majoring in Public Management in National Institute of Social Affairs. 

Even though I am busy with my studies at University, I still spend time getting involved with some extra-curricular activities including training courses and social volunteerism. Firstly, I attended the training course with World Vision Organization about Creation of Youth Community Group; it is about money saving in order to conduct training courses in various communities. Through participating in this training, I have learned a lot of things, particularly the processes of group working. Secondly, I also took part with YRDP to join the discussion on the topic “Is oil drilling a benefit?” There were four groups attending this discussion. It was conducted at YRDP office. This program was a good platform for challenging ideas on a particular issue with different people and for find ing reasonable solutions to problems. I improved my public speaking as well. Thirdly, I joined a very important workshop on the topic “Good Governance and Extractive Industries (offshore and gas)’’. I have gained a lot of knowledge regarding relations between the government law and extractive industries. The oil industry needs to be conducted legally an by transparent means. Fourth, I took part to volunteer work with YRDP on a committee to create a forum about “Treasure Resources” that was held at the National Institute for Education (NIE). Last but not least, I have participated in a training course called “Youth Development Program”. This program taught me a lot of things. I gained a lot of knowledge from many innovative people who are from different professional backgrounds. Additionally, I learned the fundamentals of public speaking, communication, debating, and presenting. This helped me to build my confidence and self-esteem, and I have left the program with knowledge, skills, and practical experience.

Presently, I have observed that I am really passionate about social volunteerism as I have been developing my personality so far. I committed to joining the social work opportunities and volunteer work opportunities that the Advanced Centre offers. I now have the chance to gain practical experience in social work and communication skills. Moreover, ACE has supported me to cut down the daily spending through my daily life. Last but not least, I am grateful that this scholarship will help me achieve my goal to graduate my bachelor degree and have a proper job in the future.

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