At the tender age of 11, Pisey is already studying the Khmer language and learning to write in its formal, more difficult form. But she doesn’t stop there; she also draws pictures to accompany her writing. So it was surprising when Pisey’s mom, Dai Vanneth, observed that something was amiss with Pisey’s eyes; they watered while she slept.
Dai Vanneth wasted no time getting Pisey to the Seva-supported Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), where Pisey was diagnosed as nearsighted and set up with a pair of glasses. Before that, Pisey had to sit in the front of the class to see the chalkboard; if she was assigned a table towards the back, she missed out on some of the lessons. Now she’s comfortable reading from a distance and can take in everything being taught.
Pisey’s talents don’t end at writing and drawing. Inspired by seeing birthday cakes with candles on TikTok, she has a business idea: owning a bakery that sells birthday cakes, since it would be a first for her area. Pisey is a smart girl with big ideas, and she’s already a budding entrepreneur!