Born into a poor family in Tapor village, Svay Rieng province, a man to be featured in this week’s Behind the Success has struggled in his life to make his dream come true. Sok Sidon, whose parents are farmers, is now working as a reporter for the Cambodia Daily newspaper. He is also a founding executive of an organization known as Youth Partner in Development and Peace (YPDP).
Sidon is the second child among eight siblings. When he was in primary school, he had to get up around 4am to walk to school about 10 kilometers from his house. Due to the long distance, he was usually not able to attend the class on time.
“When I was in grade 5, I decided to leave my family to stay in a pagoda because the school was very far from my house, my family has financial problem, and there is no enough food for all members in the family,” he said.
He returned home after spending three years living in pagoda. He did not know about English until he was in grade 8. He became interested in the language, so he decided to take a private class after school. He tried to practice what he had learned as much as possible. “Whenever I saw foreigners visit my hometown, I really wanted to have conversations with them,” he said. “I always be the first to ask them using what I had learned in class because if they asked me first, I would not be able to understand and know how to respond,” Sidon reminded his past with laugh. Continue reading