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<p> <strong>Butterflies, cameras, children, a puppy, and a lot of joy. Spare two minutes of from your d</strong><strong>aily routine to catch a small glimpse into the world of the Anjali Photo Workshops.&nbsp;</strong></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <div class="embed"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="405" src=";feature=oembed" width="540"></iframe></div> </div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A crucial part of the Anjali Photo Workshops are our team of amazing volunteer tutors!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We are deeply grateful and appreciative to all the photographers who have volunteered their time and expertise to volunteer at the Anjali Photo Workshops. Many, like the workshop coordinator Sohrab Hura, have returned again and again to be a part of this initative. We asked some of them to share with us their reflections on the experience, and we hope their words will shed some light on the value of the Anjali Photo Workshops.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Thank you, Tutors!</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="Anjali-0185" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>For me, the biggest takeaway for the children from the workshop apart from the practical side of things such as learning to communicate in English and so on, is the opportunity for them to find a way of expressing themselves and their daily realities through the language of photography. Their warmth and innocence is often reflected brilliantly in the photographs. They can be <strong>more genuine and earnest in their pursuit of photography</strong> than most of us.</em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Sean Lee, Singapore</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="Anjali-0230" src="" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>What I remember from my first time with the children of Anjali is when I brought them to the temples in Angkor complex. They are so pure and honest. They just shoot what they want to shoot; people, nature, temples and so on. What impressed me with Daney for example is when she walked into the group of crowded tourists, she simply took action, smiled at them, was with them and she could capture things.</em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Kim Hak, Cambodia</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="Anjali-0182" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>Engaging with the Anjali children over the past two years, I have attempted to provide them the condition to explore their sense of wonder. I shared their curiosity, their love of nature and <strong>by watching their concentration in finding something new, I have been reminded to accept what is, instead of what I want.</strong></em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Paolo Patrizi, Italy</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="20111123_img_7494" src="" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>Working with the Anjali kids for the past three years has been a continuous source of inspiration. Their <strong>enthusiasm, sensitivity, and humor towards photographing the world around them brings joy</strong> not only for myself and the other tutors working with them, but f<strong>or everyone who sees the pictures</strong>.</em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Sheila Zhao, US&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="24halim_berbar_sipa_press" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>Working at the Anjali workshops with the kids has been an incredible adventure and <strong>a great reminder of what photography is: a way to discover the world and to share one&#39;s own vision with simplicity and honesty</strong>. Their enthusiasm, curiosity and straightforwardness have been a wonderful shock to me and, as I came with the will to teach, I left as a student!</em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Dorian Francois, France</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="Rakzphotography_lr_4281" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;<em>What struck me the most about the children at Anjali House is their warmth, openness, curiosity, love and above all else, how well-behaved they are! Each day was a new journey as we walked together through the beautiful Cambodian countryside, taking in all the sights and sounds, laughing, playing, and chatting. It was <strong>a</strong> <strong>great moment of pride for me to see the children display their work on the final day</strong>, they did so well!</em>&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>Aparna Jayakumar, India</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="20111123_img_7378" src="" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>It&rsquo;s the final push. Help us to meet our goal, and support the Anjali Photo Workshops!&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div>
<p> <img alt="01_pheaktra_09_0014" src="" /></p> <div> <em>Heading off on an excursion during the Anjali Photo Workshops!&nbsp;Photo by Pheaktra.&nbsp;</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <em><strong>&ldquo;Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.&quot;</strong></em><strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Pablo Picasso</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At the Anjali Photo Workshops for the kids of Anjali House, we seek to nurture the artist in each and every child.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Indeed, the workshop aims to use photography as a tool to foster creativity &ndash; an important part of education and a key tool in encouraging self-confidence, social interaction and educational development.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Says Sheila Zhao, who has been returning as a workshop tutor: &ldquo;<strong><em>For the kids, I believe this opportunity gives them a sense of accomplishment and allows them to explore their creativity in a safe, nurturing, and meaningful manner.</em></strong>&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> <img alt="02_anjali-0217" src="" /></p> <p> <em>Sheila Zhao with her group in 2011.</em></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The workshops complement the ultimate goal of Anjali House - to help the children develop into healthy, well-adjusted young adults, equipped with the skills and support to be successful in their future endeavors.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Let&rsquo;s take a peek at what goes on during the workshops!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Around 50 children from Anjali House are selected by Sam Flint, director of Anjali House, to participate in the workshops. The children are then divided into different groups, each headed by a tutor. All our tutors are professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of the workshops.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="03_sheila_img_3118" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> During the 10 days of the workshops, the tutors bring their groups to new and different places in Siem Reap on excursion trips. The older children also get to bring home their digital cameras to photograph their home environments, friends and families.&nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to outdoor photography sessions, the tutors guide the participants on different photography techniques, give them practical tips and advice, and also engage them in discussions on their photographs during an editing process.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="04_anjali-0248" src="" style="cursor: default; " /></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <div> At the end of the workshops, the photographs shown in a special slideshow as part of the Angkor Photo Festival on Children&rsquo;s Day &ndash; a special day dedicated to the kids of Anjali House!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p> <img alt="05_rakzphotography_lr_4093" src="" /></p> <p> <em>Children&rsquo;s Day in 2012. Photo by Montana Rakz/APF</em></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Here are some photos by the children, photographed during their excursion trips! Often, the kids look at familiar places and a unique and different perspective. Said Paolo Patrizi, who was a tutor in 2012, &ldquo;&ldquo;<strong><em>Regardless of their varying experiences and backgrounds, the children see magic in everything because they look for it.</em></strong>&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> <strong>CROCODILE FARM</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="07_amphai_nov.15-5" src="" /></p> <p> <em>Photo by Amphai</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="08_borith_12" src="" /></p> <div> <em>Photo by Borith</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>LOCAL CARNIVAL</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="09_pengly" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Pengly</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="10_sokpov-2" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Sokpov</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>LOCAL MARKET</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="11_19phanna_img_1297" src="" /></div> <div> Photo by Phanna</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="12_vireak-img_0771" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Vireak</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>PAGODAS</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="13_sophal_09_0185_copie" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Sophal</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="14_amphai_-_018" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Amphai</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> SILK FARM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="15_daney_09_0112" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Daney</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="16_001_vireak_0439" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Vireak</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>ANGKOR TEMPLES</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="17_kosal_06" src="" /></div> <div> <em>Photo by Kosal</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="18_theary_02_1" src="" /></div> <p> <em>Photo by Theary</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>TONLE SAP LAKE</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="19_preuk__4_" src="" /></p> <p> <em>Photo by Preuk</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="20_sophalimg_0173" src="" /></p> <p> <em>Photo by Sophal</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>We need your support to realise this year&rsquo;s 9th Anjali Photo Workshops &ndash; your generosity will make a difference. Help us bring the workshops back to the kids this year!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="22_mg_6386" src="" /></p> <p> Children&#39;s Day 2011. Photo by Tenzing Dakpa</p>
<p> &nbsp;</p> <p> All the photographs you are about to see in this post are by Chan Sokdam, a talented Cambodian youth whose flair for photography would earn him his first solo photography exhibition at the young age of 17.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The youngest of four siblings, Chan Sokdam was born in Preah Vihear in 1993. He was only five years old when his father passed away, and Sokdam had no choice but to work to support his family instead of attending school.&nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="01_11sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Unable to make ends meet, Sokdam&#39;s mother left with his older siblings to look for work in Thailand, leaving Sokdam with his elderly grandmother in Preah Vihear. After his grandmother died in 2004, Sokdam lived with his neighbors and earned some money for himself by taking care of goats in the village.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="02_06sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In 2006, Sokdam decided to leave his native province for Siem Reap, which was then a growing tourism center in Cambodia. Hitching a ride from Preah Vihear, he arrived in Siem Reap in April 2006. He joined a group of boys living near the local Psar Leu wholesale market, sharing a small room with eight other boys without any money or income. He earned his food by cooking and cleaning for the other boys.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="03_09sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After some time, Sokdam realized he wanted a better life for himself. With no adult supervision and support, the boys had fallen into alcohol and drug abuse. After three months, with no money or belongings to call his own, he set off to find someone who could help him.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="04_15sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sokdam arrived at Anjali House in July 2007. After talking with him to find out more about his situation, Anjali House accepted him into their program and found him a place to stay at a local Christian mission.&nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="05_07sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Anjali House also helped Sokdam to find his mother, who was now living in Poilet, a town next to the Thai border. His elder siblings are still living and working in Thailand, and they remain untraceable. His mother had remarried and was now living with her new husband. However, their family income was too small to support Sokdam as well, and so he had no choice but to remain in Siem Reap.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="06_14sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> While he was a full-time resident at Anjali House, Sokdam received support for both his living and schooling expenses. He also completed an apprenticeship in electronics with Chantiers Ecole, a training school, and also studied English at Future Bright International School.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="07_03sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> His first brush with photography was in 2007 at the Anjali Photo Workshops. His talent for photography led him to his first solo photography exhibition in February 2010, hosted at the Heritage Suites Hotel in Siem Reap.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="08_12sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In November 2010, as part of the 6th Angkor Photo Festival, Hotel de la Paix hosted another solo exhibition by Sokdam, featuring his series &#39;Life and Disability&#39;.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="09_17sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Talking about Anjali House, Sokdam says, &ldquo;<em><strong>I feel lucky to be at Anjali where I can have a good education, meet good friends, meet good people, have enough food to eat, new clothes and a new bicycle. I feel safe and Anjali gives me hope for the future</strong></em>.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About photography he says, &ldquo;<strong><em>I like taking pictures because I want to show people about the difficulties faced by people in Cambodia</em></strong>.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="10_01sokdam_copy_2" src="" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Today, Sokdam has left Anjali House and is now supporting himself. We are so grateful to be able to share with you his amazing photographs, which will always remain a testament to this young&rsquo;s man innate talent.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial"> <strong>You can help the Anjali Photo Workshops to continue by making a donation on KissKissBankBank.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial"> <strong>From only 5 euros, you can make a difference!</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>
<p> Anjali House is an NGO created in 2005, registered in France and Cambodia providing food, shelter, healthcare and education for up to 110 underprivileged children in Siem Reap.</p> <p> <img alt="Anjali-fc-2008_-_03" src="" /></p> <p> It is in 2005 that a group of photographers got together and created the Angkor Photo Festival to promote photography and highlight humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia.&nbsp;</p> <p> As it was important to them to take into account the environment in which the festival would take place they got the idea to create the Anjali House.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" /></p> <p> Anjali first began as a one-off dance troupe, led by Sangeeta Isvaran, and a photography workshop initiated by Magnum Photos photographer Antoine d&rsquo;Agata. Galvanised by the difference that first edition made, the Angkor Photo Association was inspired to expand its help, and pledged to provide education and practical support to the children and their families.</p> <p> <img alt="Anjali-fc-2008_-_08" src="" /></p> <p> The Sanskrit word &quot;anjali&quot; translates to &quot;offerings&quot; in English. Anjali House is therefore a house of offerings for local children in need.</p> <p> <img alt="001904sokdam05" src="" /></p> <p> There, the children receive nutritious meals and clean filtered water, along with classes in basic hygiene and free medical and dental care.</p> <p> <img alt="P1050615_2" src="" /></p> <p> All of the children are provided with free school supplies and registered in local schools, and Anjali House also conducts lessons in English and Khmer, while engaging the children in sports activities and creative arts classes. Their families receive 3kg of rice every week at a subsidised price, easing the pressure of feeding the family and helps to keep the children in school by compensating from the income lost when the children stop working.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="_mg_1008" src="" /></p> <p> Additionally, the new Young Adults Program provides the young adults at Anjali with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary in entering the workforce and becoming role models for their peers.</p> <p> <img alt="Rattanak_09_0093" src="" /></p> <p> In order to make everything possible, a team lead by Sam Flint, Anjali House&rsquo; director, works hard every day to ensure that the various facets of the program run smoothly, and that the kids are cared for and happy.</p> <p> <img alt="045img_7391" src="" /></p> <p> As Sam Flint often says: &ldquo;We at Anjali, believe that no child should be forced to beg or work. We believe that they have the right to enjoy their childhood - to learn, play, make friends and grow in a safe and happy environment. These are basic rights that no child should be denied.&quot;</p> <p> Help the Anjali Photo Workshops to continue with its mission. Please support us on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank by making a donation &ndash; any amount helps, and from just 5 Euros, you can make a difference.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>
<p> <img alt="0-couv_seule" src="" /></p> <p> Anjali House is an NGO that serves as a shelter and an educational hub for more than 100 unprivileged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.</p> <p> <img alt="Daney_home_08_copie" src="" /></p> <p> In 2010, &ldquo;Cambodia our Vision&rdquo;, was published to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Anjali House and the Anjai Photo Workshops, initiated in 2005 by the French photographer Antoine d&rsquo;Agata (Magnum Photos).</p> <p> <img alt="12pech_copie" src="" /></p> <p> The 240-page book showcases about 200 pictures&nbsp;taken by the children during the 2008 and 2009 Anjali Photo Workshops. It presents a selection of images organised around different themes, as well as a selection of independent stories.</p> <p> <img alt="Amphai_-_106_copy_copie" src="" /></p> <p> The&nbsp;underlying idea&nbsp;of the book is to show the children&rsquo;s vision of Cambodia and their environment. It is an&nbsp;immersion into their world.</p> <p> Cambodia Our Vision has been distributed around Cambodia, and some of the older participants in the Anjali Photo Workshops have also gone on to have their own solo exhibitions.</p> <p> <img alt="Preuk__12__copie" src="" /></p> <p> All proceeds from&nbsp;the sale of the book, postcards and photo prints go directly to supporting Anjali House and its daily operations for the children such as buying rice and ingredients for their daily meals, school books, and other necessities.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="01-phanna__3_of_18__copie" src="" /></p> <p> The book would not have been possible without the professional expertise and support of:&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Christian Caujolle &ndash; introduction and Final editing (France)</p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> <em>Former picture editor at the national French newspaper &ldquo;Lib&eacute;ration&rdquo; and the founder of Agence VU, renowned photo agency based in Paris. He has curated numerous international exhibitions and published monographs on a wide range of photographers</em>.</p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fran&ccedil;oise Callier &ndash; Editing (France)</p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> <em>Program coordinator of Angkor Photo Festival.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gil Plante&nbsp;- Lay-out and Design (France)</p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> <em>Specialist graphic, publishing and packaging designer who has worked on numerous national and international projects.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 36pt;"> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Equality &amp; Opportunity Foundation</p> <p> <img alt="Preuk__12__copie" src="" /></p> <p> Adjoined with the photobook is the Anjali postcards project, both of which were supported by Friends of Khmer Culture Foundation (FOKCI).</p> <p> <img alt="9-bora__13_copie" src="" /></p> <p> If you wish to support Anjali House directly by buying the book or their beautiful postcards and photo prints, all of which also feature the children&rsquo;s photos, please visit the Anjali House&nbsp;<a href=";view=article&amp;id=89&amp;Itemid=103">online store</a>&nbsp;to browse for more!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!&nbsp;</p>
<p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal1" src="" /></p> <p> It has been almost five years since Try Sophal first walked through the gates of Anjali House, an action that would bring big changes into her life.</p> <div class="embed"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="405" src=";feature=oembed" width="540"></iframe></div> <p> Born in 1988 in Cambodia&rsquo;s Takeo province, Sophal was born into a poor family and did not have the chance to go to school. When she was a child, she had to stay home to care for brothers and sisters. Just like many other Cambodian children from underprivileged backgrounds, Sophal had no choice but to start working when she was older so as to help contribute to the family&rsquo;s income. She was sent by her parents to sell flowers on the streets of Siem Reap so as to earn some money.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal_3" src="" /></p> <p> Sophal continued this way of life until she was 17 years old, when she first came across Anjali House in 2008.</p> <p> Created in 2005 by the Angkor Photo Association, Anjali House is a Cambodia and France-registered NGO that provides food, shelter and education to underprivileged children in Siem Reap. Each year, the Angkor Photo Festival organises the Anjali Photo Workshops &ndash; a special workshop for around 50 children of Anjali House where they are tutored by volunteer photographers to create their own photographs.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal010" src="" /></p> <p> Sophal first participated in the Anjali Photo Workshops in 2009, and was selected as one of eight students to work one-on-one with a tutor. She teamed up with Sohrab Hura, a well known Indian photographer and coordinator of the Anjali Photo Workshops.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal6" src="" /></p> <p> Sophal&rsquo;s talent and potential quickly shone through. &ldquo;Angkor Photo Festival gave me the chance to fall in love with photography during the Anjali workshops,&rdquo; says Sophal.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal2" src="" /></p> <p> In June 2010, she won First Prize at the inaugural You Khim Memorial Women&rsquo;s Art Prize for her photo, <em>The Life of an Apsara</em>.</p> <p> That same year, she had her first solo photo exhibition, &lsquo;<em>My Life and Dreams</em>&rsquo; at the Angkor Photo Gallery. during the 6<sup>th</sup> Angkor Photo Festival.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal7" src="" /></p> <p> In 2011, as part of the 7<sup>th</sup> Angkor Photo Festival, she had a joint exhibition with another former Anjali House kid, Sokdam. Their photographs on the work of the NGO The Halo Trust was exhibited in the gardens of the Raffles Grand Hotel d&rsquo;Angkor. The Raffles host her second solo exhibition, <em>Portfolio</em>, in the hotel itself.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal4" src="" /></p> <p> Last year, she was accepted as a participant of the prestigious Angkor Photo Workshops, where she completed a photo essay project under the guidance of Magnum photographer Antoine d&rsquo;Agata. Her work was shown to the public on the Closing Night of the 9<sup>th</sup> Angkor Photo Festival, along with all the other workshop participants.&nbsp;</p> <p> It was also thanks to Anjali House that Sophal had the chance to go back to school. She received a scholarship to attend public school, and although there was pressure from her family for her to return to working full-time, Anjali House helped to find her a part-time job so that she could still continue her education, especially English classes.</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal9" src="" /></p> <p> Today, Sophal works for The Halo Trust, a British NGO specialising in landmine clearance. Sophal attended one of their photography workshops in 2011, and is today one of the NGO&rsquo;s staff photographers.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal8" src="" /></p> <p> For Sophal, this job opens doors to more chances and opportunities. &ldquo;Thanks to this work, I am respected,&rdquo; she says. More importantly, the income she earns from her job allows her to support her parents and siblings.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Kkbb_sophal5" src="" /></p> <p> <strong>Help the Anjali Photo Workshops to continue with its mission. Please support us on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank by making a donation &ndash; any amount helps, and from just 5 Euros, you can make a difference.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>