From Grief to Giving: The Story of a Father’s Legacy
Synopsis: At 17 years old I became the family leader, as my father had passed away in 1997. Leaving me to look after my mother and 6 siblings. Before my father died my parents were assigned by state government to take care of a community with more than a 1,000 community members between 1979 and 1985. At that time, Cambodians leftover from khmer Rogue regime is about 6,000,000 persons only. When I was a child and at school, civil war remained in my community and people were being killed and injured. One day a former government soldier was going to die and he held my hand and asked me to promise to take care of his children. He then died next to me. I was so young, I asked myself why was I given this job. To this day I continue to dedicate my life’s work to supporting these communities by improving the livelihoods of families and the social infrastructure of these communities and prevent youth from falling victim to sex traffickers.
Submitted by: Vichetr Uon
Story Type: Short Portray
Story Location(s): Cambodia
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10 comments on “From Grief to Giving: The Story of a Father’s Legacy”
Hi Vichetr – I cannot wait to see your story shared with the world. You have always been an inspiration to me and I have such incredible memories of my time visiting you so many years ago.
Hi Vichet! This is awesome. Thank for your commitment and dedication to support the communities so they can change their life for good. Please continue your journey and I hope to see more from you in the near future.
I never knew your story although I’ve admired your selflessness and dedication over the 15 years or so that I’ve known you. Now I know and understand your WHY. It is your WHY that keeps us going even in the toughest of times, giving us the strength to overcone all adversity.
Hi Brother, your mission is our community’s vision. Please continue your activities to build our local resource capability. With your commitment sooner we will have strong community system.
To me Uncle Vichetr is one the of the role model. He is kind, hard-work and fully committed to his work. I am sure he has many inspirations and motivations to share.
Vichetr is an honorable business colleague and one that I call a friend. I’m very grateful for our business discussions and general conversations on family and life!
When taking on a project, Vichetr looks for those that will create a better society and living conditions for those in need and the citizens as a whole within in his country. I think of him as an upcoming leader in Cambodia and one that will help his country strive for the many years ahead.
A difficult yet important story of tremendous sacrifice and commitment to what should matter most in life – family! Vichetr is the epitome of a sacrificial man, father, husband and leader focused on what is ultimately important in life. I admire this inspirational man and the efforts he continues to make improving the lives of the underprivileged throughout Cambodia.
Thank you for all you’re doing to keep the community safe. The lives you touch are special to someone through you cannot see it because they cannot reach you directly to say thank you. While others work their way toward being different, you strive toward making a difference with your kind touch to the needy community. Your dedication, commitment, and energy are unparalleled, and I respect your spirit of volunteerism immensely. The community will be extremely grateful to have your help. Thank you for being so selfless with the needy children and the many in whose lives you have made a tangible and unforgettable difference to them. You are indeed a remarkable human being with a big heart of many great causes for others. I am honoured to have a friend like you who is making this world a better place. Thank you for all your handwork.
Looking forward to hearing your heroic story. How brave you must be to have survived so much and still be giving.
Thanks for sharing your life with us
Hello Brother Vichetr , This is Awesome, Thank for your dedication and Sacrifices of life for the communities.
I salute you.
When I was meet you first time in Cambodia before 3 years . We discussed about community organic farming for to support livelihood. Then many times we was talked on phone about to support the farmers community to help for technical organic farming,
I respect your sprit of volunteerism immensely.
The community will be extremely grateful to have your help . I am so lucky to have brother like you . My best wishes always with you for all your hard work and pray to God for fulfill your all dreams true very soon.
Thanks for sharing your story.