Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Mouykea Dy

SHE-CAN Scholar: Mouykea Dy

Mouykea Dy is an incoming First Year student at  Beloit College. Mouykea grew up in the Steung Mean Chey area, which is situated in the southeastern part of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her mother, who works at a factory, raised her as a single parent to support the family. Despite their financial difficulties, Mouykea’s mother was determined to provide her with an education. Mouykea started attending school at the age of six, but their financial struggles made it challenging for her to attend regularly. In 2012, the Cambodian Children’s Fund awarded Mouykea with a full scholarship to support her education from primary school through high school.

Through the CCF program, Mouykea had the opportunity to participate in community work, allowing her to make a positive contribution to her community. She began volunteering in 7th grade, where she taught kids English and Khmer during weekends and holidays. Mouykea also volunteered in the Food Program to provide soup to undernourished children in the disadvantaged community, helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools in Cambodia were urged to close, Mouykea mentored children in her community who didn’t have access to educational materials. She assisted them with schoolwork and tutored them in Science and English.

In high school, Mouykea created a study club where she supported students who were trying to make improvements in science and help them prepare for national exams. In 2022, Moukeya was selected as a student representative from Cambodia to join the 7th ASEAN Children Forum in Indonesia. There, she had the opportunity to participate in discussions with youth from ASEAN countries to develop solutions for current issues while promoting inclusiveness and children’s rights. In 2023, Mouykea was selected as a youth volunteer to participate in ASEAN Youth Mural Project 2023, where she worked with Asian youths in creating arts and painting a 60-meter wall at a kindergarten school for impoverished children in the CCF community.

Currently, Moukeya volunteers as a young peer educator at Healthy Lifestyle Change,where she assists medical staff in the CCF community clinics to provide healthcare services and health education to diabetic and hypertension patients in disadvantaged communities. Moukeya also works as an intern in the Maternal Care Program, where she assists in ensuring that women in underprivileged areas receive adequate support during their pregnancy and after childbirth. She helps healthcare workers in CCF community clinics to monitor the health of both the mother and the baby, including conducting regular checkups and assessing the baby’s BMI every month.

Moukeya’s ultimate career inspiration is to work in a community health center or organization, supporting people living in an area that is underserved and lacks adequate medical services. Her goal is to ensure that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background, has access to healthcare services, with particular attention to vulnerable groups like children and women. She hopes to make health education and disease prevention programs accessible to everyone through various outreach programs, educational campaigns and community initiatives while promoting awareness about the importance of health and wellness in the community and empowering people to take care of their health and well-being.

Incoming

Academic Major

Undeclared
Class of 2028

Mentor Team