Mina, a top student in her class, is very smart and wants to be a doctor. Her favourite subject is Khmer literacy and drawing. She has plans to be a teacher when she grows up, but some days she worries about whether she can continue her education so she can reach her goal. She can tell you a lot about the extreme storms, strong winds and sea surges that hit her coastal home every year.
Climate change has cast a dark net of uncertainty on the entire region. The people here are completely confused and exasperated due to constant change in the weather patterns. In many poor communities, where families depend on subsistence farming for their survival, climate change is the tipping point that pushes vulnerable families into poverty and hunger.
Mina is scared of the thunder and lightning strikes that are becoming more regular and unpredictable. She fears that one day a storm may hit the school roof and fall on the students. But the skills she is learning are helping her prepare for these storms and stay safe.