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On November 9, 2018, Thuch Salik’s life changed when a tourist posted a video of him selling souvenirs in Angkor while speaking multiple languages. The Facebook video got over 33,000 shares, while Channel NewAsia’s feature on this Cambodian boy amassed nearly 6 million views on YouTube (as of Dec 10, 2020). How has his life changed since then?
In September 2019, Salik enrolled at the prestigious Hailiang Educational Institute in Zhejiang, China. He was initially offered this scholarship from the school earlier in March, but Salik’s parents were hesitant to let him go. They were US$60,000 to US$70,000 in debt and needed him around to help support his family.
Dr Chen Junwei, chairman and CEO of the school, offered to pay off the family’s debts and sponsor his education. They finally accepted the offer.
Salik had to get one-to-one tuition at first to catch up with his classmates, and currently studies subjects like Mandarin, mathematics, painting and psychology. In January 2020, while home for the school break, the.COVID-19 pandemic struck. He has since been following classes via remote learning from Phnom Penh
In July, Salik signed to Cambodian talent company FUN Entertainment where he’s being groomed to be a social media star.
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Every year, thousands of young Nepalese men endure gruelling physical training, punishing runs and relentless scrutiny for what they see as a chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to become a Gurkha soldier in the British Army.
Only 432 will make it.
For boys from remote mountain villages, it can be a pathway out of poverty – not just for them, but for their entire families.
But first, they must survive a brutal selection process.
Major Sandy Nightingale, who runs the recruitment process, adopts a no-holds-barred approach when telling the candidates what to expect.
“If you join the British Army Brigade of Gurkhas, you have to be prepared to sacrifice your life to protect the UK, your fellow soldiers and the Gurkhas Brigade,” he tells them.
Kamal Gurung, who comes from a family of farmers, has been training for this moment for years. He is desperate to help lift his family out of poverty and transform their lives in one of the world’s poorest countries.
“If I succeed, I’ll be able to give my family a normal life, and all the happiness they deserve. They’ll feel like their hard work finally paid off,” he says.
But will he make it through the punishing endurance tests and stringent medical examinations?
101 East follows Nepal’s latest hopeful recruits as they battle it out to see who has what it takes to join the legendary Gurkhas.
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