When Sochin was 9, she was working on a construction site in Battambang. She needed the money to feed her family, but she knew that there was a brighter future through education. Sochin had a dream of becoming a lawyer. With Children’s Future’s support, Sochin was able to get back into school and up to speed. For a while, she was thriving.
But one day Sochin went missing. Our teachers and social workers noticed her absence and contacted her family. They found out that Sochin had signed up to work with a maid agency in Malaysia.
Cambodia faces an epidemic in human trafficking, especially of young girls. Girls often travel to Malaysia and Thailand on the promise of profitable work, only to be subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Fortunately, Children’s Future stepped in before Sochin left, and convinced her family to keep her in school.
Sochin excelled in high school, and was admitted to one of Cambodia’s top universities. She is now studying to become a lawyer.
In the fall of 2015, Sochin reached out to Children’s Future to say that she was confident she could make it on her own, and no longer needed our support.
At home, Sochin is a role -model for her younger siblings and other students in the community. She is proof that education pays off if students like her stick with it.