When Chantha returned home, her family realised how much school and social development she had missed missed while at the orphanage. Chantha’s younger sister began tutoring her, helping her to catch up to her peers. CCT provided Chantha and her 2 younger siblings with everything they needed for public school, including school books, school uniforms, shoes, backpacks and bicycles to travel to and from school.
The family’s house was very small. It was one small room with one bed and no door. There was not enough room for the family to sleep and the walls and roof were full of holes. During the rainy season, the house flooded. To ensure Chantha was returning to a safe home environment, CCT built the family a new house which would keep the family safe. “Before when I lived in my old house, it was leaking when it rained. The new house is not leaking anymore so I can have a nice sleep and I have my own bedroom, furniture and I can sleep with my sister, ” said Chantha.
Since Chantha’s reintegration, the family has gone from strength to strength. Sinat’s business has become very successful and he no longer requires support from CCT to send his children to school. Chantha has been attending school everyday and the family have noted how much more confident she is and how her studies have improved since being home. “I’m really happy that I am back living with my family. I can go to school with my siblings and hang out with them and my family is full of happiness,” said Chantha.
Before we closed this case, social workers went to visit Chantha’s family to make sure they had everything they need to ensure their ongoing health and wellbeing. Sinat said, “I am getting better as I now own my own business. If one day CCT ends their assistance, I am strong enough to support my family.”