Supporting an Aspiring Architect

Aung was always one of the top students in his class through the entirety of primary, secondary, and high school. From a young age, it was abundantly clear that he has great potential and commitment to building a promising future for himself, despite his humble background. The now 23-year-old orphan has always been passionate about arts and crafts and soon realized, that he would want to pursue a career in architecture. After his high school graduation, he moved from a rural province to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh and was able to enroll in the Norton University thanks to a 3-year scholarship.

Thomlang – Cambodian Youth Support has been supporting Aung ever since his academic journey in Phnom Penh began in 2021 through English class registration at the Australian Center for Education as well as the donation of a moto and monthly allowances for the coverage of transportation-related costs. We are now able to expand our support and will cover his university tuition as well as other education-related costs, rent, and living expenses every single month. 

Read his story in his own words below!

Hello! I am Aung and I am 23 years old.

Right now I live in Phnom Penh and study Architecture and Urbanism at Norton University. I have already been studying at university for three years and I enjoy my major so much, but it’s very stressful at times as well. What I love the most about my studies is architectural design. My classmates and I always have to come up with new ideas and designs for different kinds of buildings, like traditional Khmer pagodas or modern skyscrapers. I will show you some pictures of our models. 

It is challenging to be so creative and detail-oriented and to work under the pressure of meeting our professor’s deadlines. But I think that all of this also prepares me for my jobs in the future, and I am very proud of myself when my projects are finished and look great. 

Besides my university classes, I also attend extra classes at a computer school. I learn how to use programs like AutoCAD, Photoshop, Lumion, and more, all of which are important for architects. 

It is also important for me to improve my English, so I take lessons at the Australian Center for Education three times a week. My schedule is very busy but I hope that it will prepare me for my work as an architect in the future.

I would like to thank you very much for giving me everything that I need, from supporting me with my university major, my computer classes, English school, my moto, my pocket money, and everything else. I’m very appreciative.


Aung is currently in the fourth year of his five-year university program. We remain in close contact with him to ensure that all of his needs are met at all times and to encourage him to expand his skillset in various ways.

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