Bunthoeun Picharana

Curriculum Vitae

Hello, my name is Bunthoeun Picharana. I am 21 years old. I live in Champouk Eak village, Chbar Ampov district, Phnom Penh. I have 4 siblings, 3 brothers and 1 sister. I am the second child. My mother passed away four years ago. And because he had cancer of the stomach, he underwent surgery but failed. My father was a fireman, he was away from home, he worked hard, he never stopped, he rarely stayed at home. One  grandmother also had a cardiovascular disease, she cared for everyone in the house after her mother died.

I studied at Hun Sen Crow Beak Primary School from Kindergarten to 6th grade. After that, I continued my studies at Prek Thmey High School from 7th grade to 12th grade. During the 12th grade in 2019 and 2020, my mom started to get sick, so I didn’t focus much. In addition to the 19 outbreaks of Covit, the school temporarily suspended classes with online classes on the subjects to be tested. Soon the exam day came, but the epidemic was still there and intensified, so the government automatically announced the 12th graders nationwide. But before this announcement happened, my mom passed away on August 23, 2020.

After my mom died, I learned how to help underprivileged students continue their education. Because my neighbor has a husband who knows a doctor and Dr. Long Sophea, he also introduced me to Dr. Long Sophea. Mr. Sophea received ginger and helped to fund the study, so I had to stay where he arranged for the students at the efficiency clinic. I went to stay before the other students because I was the closest, so I had to stay with a doctor named Oum Chhun Ean, who also helped me find a school, but I only stayed with him. He moved away for a while, so I was alone. I am currently studying at the National University of Management, majoring in
Marketing, this year is the fourth year. I enrolled in 2021, at the same time as Covit-19. When I first started school, there was no spread in the school, but after two weeks, there was a lot of infection until the class was closed in some areas, including the area, I was the same. During the school closure, online classes will be introduced so as not to endanger health. At that time, I had some difficulties with being detained for a long time, but at that time I was also lucky that I was regularly fed by the doctors in the hostel and had regular health check-ups. After a long closure, some areas reopened and I was able to return home to my hometown.

In early 2022, I returned to live with EPYC-assisted students. EPYC has a pagoda that teaches us how to live in a group and teaches us how to take care of the environment. EPYC also has a community engagement on March 8, Women’s Rights Day, and so do we. Nowadays, studying at university also has some difficulties due to the many research points and group studies. I will soon graduate. I currently have a real job yet.

Thank you