People living in poverty-stricken countries have a rough time making ends meet. Putting food on everyone’s plate is also a challenge. So, things like school supplies and backpacks become a low priority. This is something one teacher from Cambodia was all too familiar with. But imagine her surprise when one of his students walked into class with a backpack, unlike any she had ever seen before. This wasn’t the kind of bookbag that someone could walk into a store and buy. This was obviously made with lots of love, so the teacher shared the photo on social media and wait until you hear the story behind it.
But it helps to have a backpack that makes you look really hip and cool in front of your peers. So recently, a teacher noticed the backpack a student was carrying and learned that the boy’s father had made it.
This child’s peers have parents who undoubtedly struggle with finances. But this kiddo has learned a brilliant lesson about making do with what you’ve got from the best teacher ever—his loving father.
Once Sophous Suon, the boy's school teacher, shared photos of the child’s backpack, the story went viral. Then the father became a shining example of the kind of parent everyone should strive for. Heck! This guy should get an award for dad of the year!
Most parents in the village can’t afford to spend money on backpacks for their children. This student's dad is a farmer with a limited budget so, in lieu of buying a bag, he got very creative.
When Suon’s photos of the bag went viral, people were blown away by the parent’s creativity. Suon herself found the concept very heartwarming. Soon, people online reached out to see if they could lend the family a hand.
Hopefully, the attention this dedicated father has gotten will do his family some financial good. This dad could literally make more bags, sell them on Etsy and make enough money to start a business.
This undoubtedly makes it easier to clean. So aside from this bag being awesome, if it gets dirty, the child or parent can easily wipe it clean. Maybe the foreigners who have contacted the teacher can provide the student’s dad with enough money to buy more raffia string and make bags for every child.
This dad is a hero for sure, and the bag is wonderfully designed thanks to his impressive handiwork. Hopefully, he’ll consider making more bags so he can weave his way to a new life for young boy and the rest of his family.