Here are real life stories by Cambodian children who have been orphans, abandoned, stolen, sold, or with HIV positive.  They are lucky to have been rescued, protected and raised at the Geraldine Cox's orphanage called the Sunrise Children's Villages.

These stories have been organised in this page in no particular order, and the children's names have been eliminated for privacy protection. It is the Sunrise policy not to reveal personal and private information about the children. These are Children with HIV, abandoned or sold by their poor, addicted or divorce parents have been brought to Sunrise Children's Villages, where they are given new life and opportunity to live comfortably, study and thrive.

My father died of HIV positive. My mother and I are HIV positive. I was brought to live in Sunrise by my mother when I was one year old. At that time, I was very skinny due to serious health problem caused by HIV positive. My mother then remarried and got one son but they got divorced last year. Currently, I am studying in grade 1 at Sovanna Phumi School. I enjoy with English class, computer class and dancing class in the afternoon at the centre. I like watching TV when I have a free time.

I have two younger brothers and one sister. My parents didn't look after me and my siblings. They went to work in Thailand for long time ago. I and my siblings stayed with our relatives. Then, we were brought to Sunrise. I am very happy when I am living in Sunrise because I have been offered many chances including going to dance in Australia last year. Nowadays, I am studying in grade 6 at Sovanna Phumi School. I also study English, computer and dancing in the afternoon at Centre. I like reading Khmer story books when I have a free time. I want to be a doctor.

I am studying in grade 4. I have only one sister. She is 10 years old and studying in grade 3. My father is a retired and disabled soldier and he can earn very little from his pension. My mother is a housewife and she does not have a permanent job. We were brought to Sunrise in 2007 due to poorness and not enough food to eat. I also like reading books and riding bicycle and my sister likes reading book. I and my sister want to be doctors.

I have two older sisters, one younger sister and one younger brother. My father often drank alcohol. He sold our land and house. My mother was very angry with my father. Then, she went to work in Thailand. After that, I with two of my sisters and a brother came to Sunrise when I was 8 years old. I am very happy to live with my siblings at Sunrise. Currently, I am studying in grade 10. I enjoy with English class, computer class and dancing class at the centre. I also get a good chance to show my talent and dancing skills when there are sponsors/visitors come to visit Sunrise.  I like reading story books when I have free time. I want to be a business woman in the future.

I have two older sisters. One of them is a disable person. My parents got divorced when I was young. I have lived in Sunrise since I was 5 years old. Nowadays, I am studying in grade 6 in Sovannaphumi School. I have a chance to study English, computer and dancing too. I went to Australia to show my talent in an international performance and I felt very excited. Thank you Sunrise give me a chance to know another country and their cultures. I like reading books and newspaper when I have a free time. I want to be singing instructor in the future.

I have 3 older sisters and one younger brother. Only my oldest sister is living with my parents at province but the rests are living with me at Sunrise. My father likes to drink. He didn't have a job and he sold all of our property including the land and the house. My family standard living was very difficult so that my mother had to go to work in Thailand. I, my sisters and my younger brother were brought to Sunrise in 2004. Currently, I am studying in grade 6. I also enjoy English class, computer class and dancing class. In my free time, I like watching cartoon and comedy movies. I want to be a doctor in the future.

I have a younger brother and a younger sister who are living in Sunrise. My mother ran away from my father because he always drank and had argument with my mother. Sometimes, he hit my mother. Then, we were brought to Sunrise when I was 9 years old. This year, I am studying in grade 12. I also study English, computer and dancing in the afternoon at the Centre. I like reading book and listening music when I have a free time. I want to be a hotel manager in the future.

I have an older brother and a younger sister who are living in Sunrise with me. My mother died when I was young. My father didn't care for us and he worked far away from us too. I lived with my grandfather before I came to Sunrise. Last year, I had chance to go to Australia to perform dancing in a festival. Nowadays, I am studying in grade 7. I also join in English class, computer class and dancing class. I like reading story books when I have a free time. I want to be an accountant in the future.

I have two older brothers, three younger brothers and one younger sister. I came to Sunrise when I was 4 years old. My family became very poor after my parents got divorced. My mum needed to support all kids alone. She did not have enough food for us so that she requested Sunrise to help us. I am very happy when I live in Sunrise because I get more comfortable life.  Currently, I am studying in grade 1. I also enjoy with English class and Computer class. I like playing with toys with my friends when I have a free time. I want to be a fruit seller.

I have three younger sisters. Two of them were sold by my mother. I have lived in Sunrise since I was 6 years old. I had never met my mother since she brought me to Sunrise. Fortunately, I met my mum last year and I felt very excited. Nowadays, I am studying in grade 4. I am very happy that I study English and computer.  I like playing with toys with my friends when I have a free time. I want to be Motor Mechanic in the future.

I have 3 older brothers who are also supported by Sunrise. I was brought in Sunrise when I was 3 months because my mother died. Currently, I am studying in grade 3. I have tried to study hard; as a result, I got high score. I also study English and computer. I like playing with toys with my friends when I have a free time. I want to be a secondary school teacher in the future.

I am studying in grade 3. I have four older brothers and three older sisters. My parents have divorced and have no ability to care for me. She also had her own illness. Then I was brought to Sunrise. I like playing soccer and playing with doll in my free time. I like studying Khmer, English and computer. I want to work in the office in the future.

I am studying at grade 1. I have one older sister. My parents have separated. I have to travel with my mother more often, finding the job and I can’t go to school. I was sold by my mother. Luckily my uncle referred me to Sunrise. My personal favorite is doll, blue pillow, blue bag, small ball. In my free time, I like shopping, playing with my sister and other friends. I love to live in the city, like Phnom Penh and also visit temples. I like studying English and computer. I want to work with computer and also want to be a clothes seller.

I have one older sister and one younger sister who are living in Sunrise too. My parents were divorced when I was very young. My father liked drinking and he used to hit my mother. When I was 6 years old, my mother then brought me and my sisters to Sunrise. Currently, I am studying in grade 10. I really enjoy with English class at ACE. It helps my English well. I like playing football when I have free time. I want to be an accountant in the future.

I don’t know any of my siblings and parent. I was brought to be sold to Malaysia but was arrested by Police in Thailand while I was about 7 month old. Then I was referred to Sunrise facilitated by the Government. When In my free time, I like drawing, playing with ball, toy car and seeing the dog.

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