LOUN

LOUN’S STORY

I’m 18 years old. I had a happy childhood growing up on my family’s small farm with my 3 siblings. My parents grow rice and raise some pigs, cows, pumpkins, and long beans for market. I left high school by choice in the 10th grade as the school was far from my home and my family had no money to pay for school fees.

I’d begun studying Khmer dance from a traditional teacher in my village and my school would not give me time off for dance performances.

I’ve been studying dance intensively for 4 years now. I can earn $10 in one night dancing but we perform only rarely. I was hired to dance every night at a new theatre restaurant in Kampot but the restaurant didn’t draw customers and the job did not work out. I’m so grateful to Banteay Srey that I can have time off when I have opportunities to perform.

I love working as a team with all the staff and trainees at the spa. I love learning so many new skills and getting education and experience at Banteay Srey. Before I came here I didn’t even know how to cook. I’ve learned that I love cooking and I hope one day I can work at Deva cafe as well as in the spa. I’m proud that I can earn an income at the spa and help my brother go to school by paying his school fees.

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He’s 13 years old and I would like him to have a better education to find a good job.

My dream is to become a dance teacher one day. Banteay Srey has given me the opportunity to get teaching experience. I teach a little bit of dance to the other trainees. It is good experience for me to teach when I am this young. Everyone loves our dance classes and I learn so much by teaching.

I love working as a team with all the staff and trainees at the spa. I love learning so many new skills and getting education and experience at Banteay Srey. Before I came here I didn’t even know how to cook. I’ve learned that I love cooking and I hope one day I can work at Deva cafe as well as in the spa.

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