Phnom Sorsir’s children willing to learn


The children of Phnom Sorsir with Mr. Chin Sokkea of the Children Care organization from Phnom Penh (center). Don Bosco young volunteer Bin Pich up.

Kep City – The children of Phnom Sorsir had a special Sunday. The small program conducted by Cambodian volunteers of Don Bosco Vocational Center Kep in the region, got today a great motivation from Mr. Chin Sokkea and his organization Komphea Koma (Care for Children.)

The literacy program of Don Bosco Kep consisted in sending volunteer students to different villages of the Kep Province area during weekends to meet children. Mr. Bin Pich of the hotel management school, Seng Narong and Em Phorn of the social communication department chose Phnom Sorsir, a beautiful hill with a pagoda at its top, inside the Kep Province territory, not far from the sea.

I chose the Phnom Sorsir because it is a very nice place and there were many tourists, so I noticed there are too many children in the area and most of them need a better education to be ready in life. Children can learn English and maybe in the future they will lead and care for the place,’ says Bin Pich, an expert in front office and English teaching.

These children live very far from schools and they find difficult to attend studies, so we looked for places where children have difficulties and we dedicate some time for them. It is not only teaching English, but also formation in good values in society too,’ says Seng Narong, student of journalism.

We have been very welcome by the local authorities like the police, the monks and the families. So we are so happy to be involved in this small project of informal and free courses of English and other good things for the children,’ concludes Em Phorn, student of journalism.

In a Sunday early February Mr. Chin Sokkea visited Phnom Sorsir and saw Narong teaching the children under a tree at the entrance of the pagoda. He got interest in the activity and contacted Narong at the end of the month to announce him some support for the development of the activity consisting in tables, chairs, notebooks, books, white boards, pencils, pens and educative material to the benefit of children.

This Sunday Pich, Narong and Porn prepared a ceremony to receive the donation from Komphea Koma organization at the side of Mr. Phalla, tourist police officer at Phnom Sorsir and the Venerable Master of the pagoda and the community.

The area is already a scheduled tourist spot to visit the Bat and White Elephant caves at the top of the hill, in a silent place inviting to the most deep Buddhist meditation. As in many Cambodian tourist spots, children are around when visitors come. To guarantee that children are out of any risk, education is the best way to prevent.

If it happens that you want to visit Phnom Sorsir, don’t give money to children. Let it with the monks or look for the Don Bosco Kep volunteers in order to support the development of this informal literacy school at the feet of the pagoda.

Phnom Sorsir children on March 3 2013 a

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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