The fruits of your support – Successful student exchange with Hiroshima University, Japan

If you are supporting one of our university students you might already know, that students who perform well in their main studies, have the opportunity to ask us for additional support. For example, to take part in language or IT classes. The additional money for this either comes from the sponsors themselves or out of our so called “student fund”. This fund consists of donations made directly to our university scholarship project and unrestricted donations. Unrestricted or untied means that the donors have not explicitly stated the purpose of the money at the time of transfer. For us, such unrestricted donations are extremely important because we can use them flexibly in projects where funds are most urgently needed.

Many students ask us for support to attend language classes, because this enables them to acquire internationally recognized certificates, that are needed to pursue further studies or a PHD abroad. High proficiency in a foreign language is also very important to find a well-paid job in Cambodia itself.

The letter and the pictures below are from our student Punreay. He studies dentistry at the renowned University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh. He had asked us for support to study English so he can acquire a so called IELTS certificate. The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

We believe that his story is a great example for how rewarding hard work by providing additional support can lead to great results. If you enjoy reading this and if you feel like this is something that you want to support, please consider donating to our general account.

The following has been written by Punreay himself:

Phnom Penh, 16th December 2019

Thank – you letter

Well, my name is Punreay. I am one of the scholarship students from Kidshelp Kambodscha. This letter is a brief story of my journey in getting an exchange program.

“Never give up. Never lose hope” is one of Khmer​ famous slogans. It was tough and I felt discouraged after I failed to apply for several exchange programs at my dental school because one of the requirements that I was missing- beside good GPA, was that the school requires IELTS test results in order to go to the final selection stage. There are several opportunities about this exchange program at my dental school, ranging from 3 days, 10 days, one year to 4 years. I had been applying for it four times, and I failed. Then I figured out that having no IELTS test result is a main obstacle for me. Fortunately, Kidshelp agreed to sponsor additional English courses at an English school- a school that prepares students to pass the IELTS test. Meanwhile, at the end of term, I successfully passed the IELTS exam and I could apply for the exchange program one more time.

Finally, this time I passed and was accepted for the 10 days exchange program starting from on November- 2019 at Hiroshima University, Japan. This might sound simple to some students but for me this is a thousand dreams.

This scholarship provides students a good opportunity to explore how the dental education in a University of Japan are and how far this country has been developed. The reason why I eagerly wanted to take this chance is I wanted to get to know their dental education system. From this I could compare and learn about their strong points. This is not about learning alone but also for personal development too. I can keep my eyes open wide to learn and develop my confidence and friendship among other participants who came from other Asian countries. Moreover, the country itself taught me that their strict rule and regulation have strengthened their citizens to be valuable and made the country become a top economic country in the region and the world. From their hygiene, roads to Japanese manners and Japanese companies are clearly the evidence. Lastly, this exchange program is a good educational background for me in continuing education in the long run.

I realized that failure is not a fearful dream though a lesson to be learnt and an experience for the future battles. I do encourage other students to work hard for what he/she wants with a clear goal, a proactive mindset and please never give up easily. Like ALBERT EINSTEIN’S quote “I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on 100th time came success.” Only if we are strong, we can help ourselves. Only if we are not a burden of others, we can make a positive impact on others and be a hand for people around us.

Lastly, I would like to thank Kidshelp and my sponsor for their kindness and support that brought me to achieve my dream.

This is a picture of me in front of Hiroshima University building. I have an opptunity to visit their school facilities and University Hospital. Also, I was given the chance to study with Japanese student and visit the radiation effect research centre as well as their historical building- Hiroshima atomic bomb dome.

On the weekend, we were free from our studies so I and some international students went to explore Miyajima Island which is located south of Hiroshima city.

I also went to Hiroshima outlet which is located on top of the mountain by bus and not that far from the city center. I fell in love with this country. Their public transportation is convenient, especially the roads are so clean.