Concealed in a dismissed ghetto zone close Boeung Kak Lake, a youthful hopeful football mentor is bridling the intensity of game for social strengthening and to improve the lives of a portion of the country’s least fortunate kids through his altruistic venture Play To Progress.
Play To Progress is the brainchild of Tith Sovannara, a 23-year-old Cambodian who grew up with little instruction and few prospects in one of Phnom Penh’s ghettos.
As a kid from a devastated foundation, Sovannara himself has been skilled open doors he could never have normally delighted in because of the excellent game.
Today, through the help of a few NGOs, he has figured out how to gain his Asia Football Confederation ‘C’ training testament – the initial phase in the long street to turning into an expert football mentor.
Seeing the positive effect football has had on his life, early a year ago Sovannara set off on his year-long mission to give youthful youngsters from underestimated networks crosswise over eight Cambodian regions the opportunity to likewise encounter the transformative intensity of football.
“I have worked with networks in eight regions – including Kampong Spur, Kampot, Takeo, Svay Rieng, Kandal, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.”
“I’ve made a trip to Kampong Spur area all the more regularly in light of the fact that it isn’t a long way from home and I can go alone motorbike.”
“With the more drawn out rides, I have to get a transport and a motodop just to achieve the region, and now and then I even need to lease a tuk-tuk to convey my football hardware and gifts of note pads, pens and sacks for the youngsters, which are given by companions and NGOs,” he says.
Sovannara ordinarily ventures alone, and most as of late he went to the Banteay Meanchey territory’s Sophie Primary School to mentor in excess of 200 youngsters.
“I utilize numerous way to spread instructive issues through game. For instance, before I go to a network, I research to discover what issues they are confronting. I at that point raise these issues with the kids and examine it with them,” he says.
Sovannara included that he presently reserves the venture through his own pocket, yet wants to build up his very own NGO in the extremely not so distant future to make his work increasingly feasible and expandable.
“I intend to get to poor networks in twelve territories as my objective and afterward I will begin raising support to begin my own NGO,” he says, adding that he would like to have built up the association inside four months.
Sovannara follows his motivation for establishing Play To Progress to March 2012, when the then 17-year-old initially met giver Sean Landau, who might visit the neighborhood ghetto he lived instructing a bunch of players with one ball and sticks for objectives in the sandy survives from what used to be Boeung Kak Lake.
At around a similar time, Sovannara got support from Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) who helped him with education and numeracy, just as enabling him to learn English.
“Since youth I’ve adored football. My folks got separated from when I was 11-years of age; my mom was a tailor and my dad was a policeman. They didn’t enable me to play sport since they said it was an exercise in futility and requested that I rather work for cash by gathering plastic,” he says.
Attempting to adapt to a fierce home life and uninvolved in school, Sovannara says that it was EYC and football that turned his life around.
“I would not like to study and I nearly dropped out of school in evaluation five. Be that as it may, at that point I experienced EYC and I played football through them. In any case, their one condition was that I needed to keep contemplating on the off chance that I needed to play football, so I chose to return to class,” he says.
In 2018, Sovannara’s work drove him to be assigned for a Beyond Sport Global Award, which praises, supports and gives financing to wearing activities around the world that decidedly add to making the UN Global Goals for manageable advancement a reality.
He was the main Cambodian competitor among 400 individuals from 33 nations at the tenth Beyond Sport Foundation grants function in New York, the US in September a year ago.
To discover increasingly about Play To Progress and bolster Sovannara’s beneficent endeavors, you can visit his site (www.playtoprogress.org) or his Facebook page (@playtoprogress).