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A Village Breaks New Ground

Sambat’s goal in life was to open a school in his home village. Now he’s done it—and so much more.

Sambat Choan’s favorite song is “Imagine,” by John Lennon: You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.

Imagine by John Lennon – an iconic song story of working together to make the world better. It is a song deep in my heart as I pause for a breath and reflect on what working for GFC means to me.

Nicky Wynne Managing Director of Global Fund for Children

A dreamer by nature, Sambat has ambitious goals for Kro Bei Riel, the rural Cambodian community where he lives. And as director of Self Help Community Centre (SHCC), he works tirelessly to make those dreams come true.

Like many children in Cambodia, Sambat grew up in poverty. His parents, who were farmers, struggled to support their six children, so Sambat worked to pay for his school fees and supplies. As a young adult, he often held three or four jobs at a time.

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