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Last updated: 2010
In his daily struggle against homelessness, unemployment, frequent hunger, and humiliation, Wilson Khauv proves that socio-economic injustice will not break his spirit or determination. In the summer of 8th grade, his family lost their home and most of their possessions. Since then they have had to live in motel rooms and are currently on a waiting list for a shelter. Wilson missed his freshman year of high school as he and his family moved between Los Angeles and San Francisco, seeking shelter. He often gets by now on donated school supplies and school-subsidized meals. While at school he worries about where his family will stay the night, and when he and his family will eat.
Despite these hardships Wilson is always strong and positive, for both his classmates and his family. At school, he has a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. Good-natured, humble, and friendly, he looks optimistically to a future where he will attend college. Bilingual in English and Khmer, and currently studying Mandarin, Wilson has earned numerous awards in school and maintains a 3.7 GPA. He has developed interests in music and video production, hip-hop dance, theater arts, and repairing electronics. “I only wish to be able to live a good life, to make my parents proud,” Wilson says. It is with great pleasure that The Children’s Defense Fund recognizes Wilson Khauv as a 2010 Beat the Odds Award recipient.
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