Thursday, August 16, 2018

Chenda Tom

Chenda Tom

Chenda Tom has been an educator for over 22 years. Her passion and desire to educate children and make a positive impact on their lives is apparent in her daily work. In her book, “He Knows The Plan”, she recounts her personal journey of survival and resilience as she faced obstacles both in Cambodia and America. Chenda hopes to inspire people to never give up. She tries to find the positives in every moment of life’s journey. Chenda believes that “life is a gift” no matter how many valleys we must overcome. “We must be intentional about living a life that has positive impact.”

 

He Knows The Plan

He Knows The Plan

Autobiographies, Non Fiction, 2018 Best Book Awards.

For many years, the Khmer Rouge, a communist regime, had been training soldiers in the forest and creating an army to take over the country of Cambodia. On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge paraded through Phnom Penh, the capitol, to exterminate the city of "bugs". People were first told that they would temporarily have to leave their homes for three days. Some of the adults knew better than to believe this story because rumors had been spreading all over Cambodia about the terrible things occurring in villages and towns. People from the villages and towns had been coming into Phnom Penh and living in parks or any open area in the capitol because their homes were taken over or destroyed by the Khmer Rouge soldiers. Cambodia was a peaceful and self-sufficient country, full of people who only desired peace. We came to believe the propaganda being told because there was not an alternate option. Questions became fears, fears turned into belief that the Khmer Rouge soldiers would protect us.

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