This past month, we lost one of our brightest and most personable young graduates from 2011. Phalla Oudom Teav was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on a wet highway while traveling home to visit his family. His loss is especially painful to the SSF community—not only are our former staff and volunteers mourning his passing, but Phalla was one of the few SSF students who continued to be sponsored by a donor beyond their time with SSF. Phalla attended a rigorous international school (grades 7 through 12) where he learned to speak fluent English and excelled academically. He then attended Stamford University in Bangkok, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was in the early stages of a promising career with a real estate development firm in Phnom Penh. We are reaching out to Phalla’s family, whose home is near the Spitler School, to provide whatever help we can offer during this difficult time. Visit our website to learn more about Phalla through a touching tribute written by Jim Latt, a long-time volunteer and advisor to our schools.

>> Phalla’s Tribute <<