Through Plan, Samuon is accessing her right to food – and learning a few culinary skills along the way.
She turns the vegetables over and inspects each one carefully before plucking it from the stem. “We have to pay close attention to how ripe they are,” she explains.
Samuon is one of thousands of children accessing her right to food through Plan. Her family receives 10kg of rice every month, and she’s learning how to plant and grow vegetables at school, and apply these skills at home.
She washes, peels and chops each vegetable – first the giant cucumber and then the leafy greens, followed by the fragrant herbs. Everything is fried up in a pan over open flames, set up outside the basic wood hut where she lives with her father and younger brother.
This is a daily ritual for Samuon, who at 13 years old bears the responsibility of feeding her family every single night. She carries this not as a burden, but as the duty of an obedient and serious girl whose mother is deceased, whose father is gravely ill, and whose little brother is still too young to take on much responsibility himself.
Although Samuon works hard to support her father, the skills she’s learning through Plan's School Feeding Program in Cambodia are setting her up for life.
Samuon, 13, grows and learns about nutritious food at her school in Siem Reap, Cambodia.