The new year ushers in a season of change at the She Transition Home. We are thrilled to share wonderful news of one 11-year-old girl who will be reintegrated into Cambodian society within a few days.
This girl had a simple wish: to own and ride a bicycle for the first time. All her life, this wish had been but a dream because the exertion of riding a bicycle was beyond her physical capacity. In September 2011, she traveled to Singapore for major heart surgery. Since then, she has recovered wonderfully and now lives a life full of energy!
We’re pleased to report that our young friend is now the proud owner of a brand-new bicycle, which she was taught to ride by her older house sisters. She can’t wait to take her bicycle home. There it will become her means of transportation to school, markets, and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Her final check-up with a cardiologist in Siem Reap is scheduled in a few days, and all results are expected to be clear and well. Shortly after, she will return home to live with her grandparents. She was elated at the news of her reintegration, jumping and squealing when her counselor announced the date to her. Her family are also thrilled to hear of her successful recovery and upcoming move home. Once settled in with her relatives, she will attend Khmer school. All those who care for her understand the value and importance of a good education and how it will to provide her with the best future possible.
As she prepares for the journey home, she is receiving ongoing counseling support and life-skills training, as well as lessons in personal safety, defense, and health.