Reach Says Thank You

Reach is a 2020 graduate of CGI’s Imprint Project. Recently, she reached out to our staff in Phnom Penh to ask if she could share a video to express her thanks for the training and love she received during her time in the program. Reach asked that we share her story because she wants her life to be an encouragement to future students and to CGI’s supporters.

Click here to watch Reach’s video. Most of her video is done in Cambodian Sign Language (CSL), though parts of it are done in American Sign Language (ASL). Below is a written version of her video:

Dear Everyone,

My name is Reach.*

I’m 31-years-old. I live with my family in Kratie province and I have a small tailor shop in my village. I am a deaf person and I was selected to participate in one of Center for Global Impact’s vocational training programs.

I was a student in the Imprint Project and graduated in July 2020.

First of all, I would like to say “thank you!” to CGI’s teachers, and to all the leadership team and donors who supported me and allowed me to complete the sewing training.

I’m so grateful for all the ways you have blessed me, especially by providing me with good sewing skills. CGI has changed my life and made me a better person.

Through your help, I believe strongly that this training I have gained will support me for the rest of my life.

CGI has shown a big heart of blessing toward me even though I was looked down upon by many people and was treated like I had no value.

CGI has given me a new hope, love, care, and specific skills for my life.

It’s not just me, but during my time in the Imprint Project, I could see that Center for Global Impact has been a blessing for many deaf students and others who had broken lives.

I’m so appreciative that CGI blessed my life with sewing training, life skills, and other subjects during the year of training.

CGI also supported me after graduation with a financial package that allowed me to start my tailor shop in Kratie.

My life is getting much better, and I cannot forget all of this goodness that Center for Global Impact’s teachers and leadership team have blessed me with.

Your support changed my life and has made me the person I am today.

My wish and prayer to God is that He will bless Center for Global Impact with health and the ability to expand your work more and more to make a difference in other people’s lives as you have done in mine.

Thank you so much.

Reach* Sreyngao

*Name changed for privacy. Reach is a Cambodian name that means “Beautiful.”