Sopheap Suy, 28
Por, Siem Riep, Cambodia
At Suy’s village, most parents leave early morning on long commutes to go work in the city. Some of these parents leave their children with her and she takes care of them in a wooden shack without walls. On regular days, Suy looks after 7 kids. On rainy days she has much less children, as parents prefer taking their children along with them to work. Leaving them with Suy would mean exposing them to the wind and rain and possibly catch a cold.
Suy’s babysitting service is affordable for local parents who are also grateful for having a place where their children socialize and are never bored. One parent told us she loved how her girl, who is 4 years old, told stories about the games she played at Suy’s. The games are usually simple yet creative inventions by Suy and the children learn to use sticks to create figures and areas for jumping competitions.
The playfulness Suy employs while caring for children matches with the IMPCT Playcare approach. Despite being only 28, she has taken care of children for over 4 years and the community has great trust in her. With an improved facility and the Playcare training, she will honor that trust and provide quality early learning opportunities to children of the Por village.