"People said that it’s heartwarming, touching, cool and creative father, love this bag," said the teacher who shared images of the bag.
Making ends meet is not easy, and not everyone has dollars to spare. Last year, a teacher from Cambodia shared a picture of a bag that one of her students carried around. It was rather unique and weaved with love, to say the least. Five-year-old NY Keng had a pretty cool school bag, and the teacher, Sophous Suon, told Bored Panda that a simple school bag cost 30000 riels ($7), and some families couldn't afford it. However, Keng's father decided it was best to save some money on the bag and got creative with it.
He used bits and pieces of raffia string to weave a beautiful blue bag. Suon quickly took pictures of the unique bag and posted it on social media where it soon went viral! People were impressed by the father’s creativity and dedication. "People said that it’s heartwarming, touching, cool and creative father, love this bag," said the teacher. When the photo of the bag went viral, a few people even offered to buy the kid a new bag, though the one he had was extremely unique and a labor of love. See, for Keng's dad, he made the bag not because he couldn't afford one, it's because he knew he could give his son the same thing at a much cheaper cost.
"Few foreigners asked for contact to send him the bags and my school leader already send his contact for them," said Suon. The bag is just so sturdy and well made. It even has a flap and a clip to hold the flap closed. It has two straps so that Keng can just sling over his shoulders as well and carry it to school. One look at it and you can be sure that it did take some time to come together, but hats off to the father's dedication. I mean, peer pressure is a real thing, and most of us have experienced it, right? As a child, most of us hated hearing the word "no" from our parents when we asked them for something.
We'd huff and we'd puff about how they never do anything for us, when, in fact, we never thought about the things they've sacrificed for us just to keep up with our demands. It goes without saying that it's time we show our parents how grateful we are to them, for giving us everything they could, especially for educating us because that's what's helping us stand on our own two feet. There are so many countries where education is a luxury, especially in underdeveloped countries. It's something that every child has the right to but don't. According to the UN, almost 60 million primary school-aged children aren’t in school.
This can be attributed to poverty. Some families don't have enough income to make ends meet, so their children work to contribute to the family instead of going to school. Keng's dad surely could have bought his son a bag worth $10 but that same amount might have made all the difference in the world to that family. Now, without spending a lot, the child's purpose to carry books to school while having an attractive bag has been fulfilled and that was the whole idea, wasn't it? It was all because of one man's creativity and it's worth being shared!