April 2011

Work on Purpose

by socheata on April 29, 2011

I’m so happy to announce the release of Echoing Green’s latest book Work on Purpose, a slim volume which I’m so proud to be profiled in. The book is intended to inspire a new generation of high school and college age students to pursue values-based careers. I am honored to be featured along with Cheryl Dorsey of Echoing Green, Marnie Oakes of Hallmark Community Solutions, Mark Hanis of the Save Darfur Coalition, and Andrew Youn of the One Acre Fund.

A few weeks ago was the book launch party where Mark and I spoke. I’ve said this many times because it’s so true — Echoing Green Fellows are the most courageous group of people that I know. Thank you God they’re around to encourage me to dream bigger and reach higher.

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Columbus Academy

by socheata on April 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, I spoke at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH. I loved speaking there. The students were extraordinary, inquisitive and compassionate. I talked to them about how learning about genocide gives us an opportunity to examine our own conscience. My favorite student is named Maya Little, a Columbus senior who spent last summer in Cambodia observing the Khmer Rouge tribunals and learning about the media there. I feel more hopeful about America’s future!

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Letters from PCVs

by socheata on April 1, 2011

My husband Charles was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia so when we were in Cambodia this past August and met some PCVs at an Embassy function he enthusiastically donated copies of New Year Baby to their office. We didn’t know where they would end up, but we hoped that we could seed the countryside with this story. I just recently began getting word from from a few PCVs who have show the film in their classrooms.

“This topic is extremely difficult to approach, but because of the movie, my students were able to learn about their country’s history. So thank you for making the bridge that I have been seeking.” — Kealan Waldron, PCV

“I sat at the back of the English Lab classroom, attempting unobtrusiveness as these young Khmer teacher trainees viewed the film. From their body language and comments to each other, I noted that they vacillated between laughter and tears, surprise and disbelief!” – Darlene Grant, PCV

The PCVs also shared responses from the students in their elementary English. Many students expressed real shock about the depiction of killing in the film. Though they may have some references to the Khmer Rouge times from their parents, they have never been presented with a coherent history. Many were deeply touched by the film.

I’m so proud New Year Baby is still getting out there!

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