Class of 2025
Sokvy will be attending University of Portland in the fall of 2021 . She is passionate about supporting underprivileged people to have a better life through development programs and policy. Sokvy grew up in Kompong Speu Province with her family of six, but her parents split up when she was very young. Before becoming a SHE-CAN scholar, Sokvy earned a scholarship from Cambodia’s Future Foundation (CFF) to continue her studies in Phnom Penh. With CFF, she and two friends successfully implemented a community health project to improve sanitation in a local village. Her team convinced villagers to invest in a toilet – the community agreed to pay half of the price to build a toilet and the other half was funded with support from CFF. In 2 years, Sokvy and her friends built 10 toilets for the villagers.
Because of her outstanding work with CFF, Sokvy was selected to visit a school in Singapore where the CFF Founder worked. It was an eye-opening trip for Sokvy - she saw how far behind Cambodia’s development is, and she was inspired to make changes in her country. Sokvy has realized the power of education to improve people’s livelihoods. She dreams of improving the quality of education in Cambodia, especially for those lacking opportunity, because education is one of the most important tools for lifting people out of poverty and improving human rights for all.