Community Work

Independent Day– the trip to Preveng

Nov 9th 2006 was a remarkable day in Cambodia: 53rd Anniversary of Independent Day! Beside, it was also significant day for our community event in Trabek district, Prey Veng province. Though we were stuck few minutes because of the Independent Day’s ceremony, where our university located near the monument, we could leave after a while of negotiation with police.

Notably, Kompong Trabek Primary School- it is the only one main school where all the children in the six villages had to come for their study. There were approximately more than 2,000 primary school pupils. But owing to the big amount of students and there were not enough classrooms for the students to study, two school were built in the other two communes in the Trabek district. But unfortunately, Most of every year, the pupils cannot go to school during rainy season because of flooding. Due to these reason, our team choose to come to this province again.

Be independent from illiteracy!!! is my slogan to remark 53rd Anniversary of Independent Day in Cambodia.


Picture Evaluation

( For Fun)
1. Strongly agree 2. Agree 3. Disagree 4. Srongly disagree

taken in front of a shop at Quebec city, Canada, June 16, 2007

Community Work

Visak Bochea Day– Camping to Chrey Hophnov Mountain

The first camping event was organized to Chrey Hopnov Mountain, Kompong Speu province on Feb 03-04, 2006, Visak Bochea Day. At first, I was worried about gender balance as the trip would stay overnight. Based on Khmer culture, girls are restricted to stay outside overnight. But, I resisted and was ready to accept whatever amount of female attendant. Surprisingly, 37{ada422a91571c9f32663835004e322394559eff300a971d9698e6f9db6bdae5e} female attended (13 female out of 35). It was not bad.

We left Phnom Penh at 3pm and arrived the location before 5pm when we could see the sunset from the top of the mountain.

After enjoying the view, we cleaned the resting area to have dinner and start our program: Gender films and discussion. The movies, donated by Women’s Media Center, aimed to educate on gender discrimination and child rapping. We also raised some topics, such ?Arranged married and Freed Married? to challenge and compare which one is better to apply in our society today. After discussion, we played a Welcome game which show how to welcome each other in different culture (Khmer, Japanese, Chinese, European country, etc.).

Though everyone had spent a lot time in travel and debate, we seemed not tired at all. Everyone still awaked till the morning as the group was dancing altogether.

In the morning, we packed our stuff and was ready to go to the Chrey Hophnov primary school.

The beauty of palm tree under the sunshine was very amazing to me!!!

Human Rights and Peace Campaign

Holocust Museum Visit

Holocust museum Visit

museum itself was good. It does play role in (human rights) education. From perspective of Cambodia, where experienced genocide regime during 1970s, I could feel how people suffered from this Holocust. I could hardly believe that the same systematic genocides, which once took placed in Europe was happened again and again in other countries including my country, Cambodia which the same ignorant from international community. It proved already that there was no enough mechanism to prevent this event.

Therefore, it is good that the museum have been established in order to raise awareness on how human dignity and rights respects are needed. However, i feel under expectation since the museum itself seems like a documentation; I had expected that there would be constructions or designs which reflect the past event i feel the museum should conclude with all the genocide events , so that people would understand how one genocide is interacted or took the same model to another one in different countries, but the same root cause: Different political and cultural ideology created discrimination, racism, hatred, and genocide at the end.
Well, here is the picture taken at the museum:

“It is good to learn history,
but it is bad to let history repeat its self”

Unforgettable Memory

These candles represent the number of people
get killed during the holocust (one candle is 1 million persons)

IHRTP participants with one of the survivor of Holocust
(The lady in the middle named Litsley Irvy)

Daniel Roy, Equitas’s Education Specialist, surveyed the feeling and understanding of IHRTP2007 participants on the Holocust museum.

All in all, It was good to Learn To feel and To Remember!!!
But Do Not Let the HISTORY repeated.

Comment from Pia:

Hi Sopheap – great blog!

I agree the museum is a great HR education tool both for adults and children, in that it is a good venue to explain the context, history, and experiences of a people whose rights were violated with interactive tools like dioramas, film, artefacts, photos, even games in some museums, etc?

see you (in our little apartment)!!!

Comment by Pia B ? June 21, 2007

Community Work

Queen Birthday–Trip to Prey Veng

Queen Birthday, June 18 2006, was the national holiday but people were still operating their business. This was the busy Nak Leang Port, at Prey Veng province where we would proceed to a primary school for our community event.

Just the moment i expect that this trip would be wonderful, the 45-seat bus stopped on the main street and everyone wondered what happened. Then the driver came and told us that the bus could get through the small gate. Then our team had to walk about 3km distance to the school. Though we all had to carry the gifts and small trees, i still could see their smiling face and they even had time to chat together on the way.

Ah! it was raining; I realized that I forget to check with fortuneteller?Khmer belief to check for the best day to organize important events by asking the fortuneteller or the monks. Though it was the mixture of joyful as we was welcomed by the kids at Ta Ngok primary school, Preah Sdach district, Prey Veng province.

Then our event was preceded as we had done in previous event by raising awareness to kids about social issues and good morality, and then we ended the program by plating tree as symbol for environment protection and group picture:)

Human Rights and Peace Campaign Personal

IHRTP2007–Training in Canada

Where am I now?
08 June 2007

Hi friends,

? I am? currently travelling to Canada for a training on International Human Rigths System. It is such a great opportunity for me to attend this course to which I can learnt the best practice and mechanism, so that I can use it to improve human rigths respect in our nation, Cambodia.

? Traning alone is just the theory. Take it into action will prove such theory. Also, keeping it in oneself is just keeping money under the pillow. We need to utilize and share it for the sake of human resource development. Then, I will share you all how the training is being conducted, what are the lesson-learnt and how we can apply in our nation.

“Sharing Culture”

My training is started

14 June 2007

My training on International Human Rights, invited by EQUITAS, have been started.

The goal of the training is to strenghten the capacity of human rights organizatioin to undertake human rights education efforts aimed at building a universial culture of human rights. There are 8 stream to be covered:

Stream 1: Introduction; Stream 2: Starting from where we are; Stream 3: Buliding a Global Culture of Human Rigths; Stream 4: Seeking common ground; Stream 5: The Global Human Rigths context; Stream 6: Human Rights Standards and Mechanism; Stream 7: Monitoring and advocacy; and Steam 8: Education Evaluation.

There are 166 persons out of which 130 are participants coming from more than 60 countries including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Caribean, Central Asia, Canada, and USA.

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Community Work

My First Labor Day: Trip to Kompong Speu

My first involvement in Community Event was at Kompong Speu.
I believed the old saying that “the first experience is the most clumsy once”.

After communicating with the primary school’s principle by phone, i had done the announcement to classmates and professors that the school we were going to visit named “Sdach Poun”, in khmer-The hidden King. So everyone, especially my History Professor, Sombo Manara, was wondering about the school’s history: what was the school’s connection with the king?
After all, i was misquoted the school’s name when little kids recalled their school’s name, Scach Poun, in khmer-The pile sand.

Luckily, May 1st 2006 was the International Labor Day, so many friends could join our event. With smiling face everyone was chatting and getting to know each other.

Suddenly, I felt shocked again when we arrived the school as the a little kids stood at the gate to welcome us as we are the high ranking officials. It was out of the agenda and i never ever wish to have such arrangement. “Everyone is equal”, so i do not prefer such arrangement.

After having few talks with kids, our team was divided into small group to communicate and educate kids on different topics such as health, education, environment, and other social issues. After that, we also encouraged kids to help protect environment through planting tree.

Finally, this events gave me a lot of lesson-learns and even motivated me to continue to organize other events. What shocked me again is that the Khmer rural kids did not know where famous Angkor Wat located. When our professor asked them, they replied Angkor Wat is in Kompong Speu, at where they are living. So it reminded me the joke that we repeated in Vietnamese sound that “Angkor Wat is located in Bongbeu” (Bongbeu is referred to Kompong Speu). Then, we gave them the correct answer that “Our Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap”. It was so fortunate that the books we brought for them attached with Angkor Wat image and even the money (500Riel) we gifted them is also printed with Angkor Wat picture.

With classmates and other friends’ financial and spiritual support, our team could organize the event successfully. Thanks to all!!!

Community Work

Chum Reap Sou!!!

Sou Sdey my dearest friends,

“Working together for a better society” is a slogan kept in my mind.
In my childhood, I feel I could not involve helping my society as my resource and effort is limited.

However, now i started to realize that: Commitment and Collaboration is a key to achieve that dream. With my friends, who share the same value and effort, we could organize events together to build youth’s network and help contriubte to rural kids.

We have started out activities since May 1st 2006. Through the community event, we distribute study materials to kids, educate them the social matters, and guide them to envision their future. The same model have been applied in various communities.


My Graduation

I and my sister….
I and my brother….

2006 Sep–My Graduation’s Day: After spending almost 4 years for my bacherlor degree, in International Relations, i feel released and excited during my graduation’s day. Though, it is a starting point for another higher degree’s life…