NFC Student Cheat Hun, see in the photo, is one of the eight students being trained as a clinician at All Ears Cambodia! This is an except from the full article:
“AEC opened a school last August to train Cambodians in ear healthcare and audiology. A high school education is required, along with a commitment and unwavering passion to help people. It follows the World Health Organisation-approved methodology for addressing hearing loss in the developing world.
“There is a desperate need for more professionals,” Chroston said. “We’ve taken on eight students and we’re trying to move toward a fully accredited course so that we can take in a larger pool of students, but as a two-year course, it takes a little time.”
The two-year course is a way to build human resources in Cambodia and is meant to equip the students (future clinicians) with the ability to deliver audiology services and primary ear healthcare to those who need it in the country.”
Dang Kosal (24 years old) came to NFC at the age of 15 years in 2004 after surviving on the streets of Phnom Penh by shining shoes and selling newspapers while also taking care of his younger brother. Besides attending school at NFC he also worked at a cultural center and gained first knowledge about theatre production. After graduating from high school, Kosal left NFC and was sponsored as an intern at Khmer Mekong Films (KMF), a film and TV production company. He was quickly promoted from an intern to a paid employee because of his dedication, hard work and natural skills. While at KMF he worked in the roles of cameraman, film editor, director, script writer and co-host of a Cambodian TV program. After 2 years at KMF he was hired by BBC Media Action as casting and location manager for the BBC program Loy9. Kosal also has an impressive record as a rap artist, writing and performing a large number of hip-hop songs making social statements about life in Cambodia.
Yem Nan (23 years old) came to NFC at the age of 13 years in 2003, as his extremely poor family was unable to afford his education. At NFC he attended school for six years. After having finished grade 9 he began to study baking and pastries at PSE. He graduated three years later as the top student in his class. Now he works as a baking and pastries chef at the 5-star Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh and teaches baking courses at an local NGO.
Lang Sokheng (15 years old) came to NFC at the age of 7 in 2005. Having lost both parents, she had lived in the slums of Phnom Penh because her few living relatives could not afford to take care of her. At NFC Sokheng started attending school. Being a highly motivated and talented student she skipped grade two. Now she achieves brilliant results in grade 9 at the Westline (private) School; she has been the top student in her class every month since December 2012!