Community Work

King Birthday–Trip to Indigenous Land

Camping and Community Event in Ratanakirri
12-15 May 2007

Bordering Vietnam‘s central Highlands and Laos are the remote province of Ratanakiri, with thickly forested hilly terrain, hilltribe people, and abundant wildlife. Commercial enterprises in the region include logging, gem mining, and rubber plantations.

Over 80{ada422a91571c9f32663835004e322394559eff300a971d9698e6f9db6bdae5e} of Ratanakiri’s population of 72,000 is classified as hilltribe, mainly Jarai, Krunh, Brou, and Tampuan. The 12 ethnic minority groups are collectively called Khmer Loeu (highlanders), a name coined by Sihanouk in the 1940s.. Many also still wear traditional costume – Krung women in sarongs and bare-breasted, Brou women with tattooed faces and ivory tusk earrings in their elongated earlobes.

It was such exciting trip as all participants were looking forward and wish the departure day coming as soon as possible. There, we spent 3 nights and 4 days together with 63 youths to share knowledge as well as to experience the rural livelihood of indigenous community. Different from the camping to Kompong Speu where we spent a night at the top of the mountain, this ratanakirri camping was spent at the Tribal Hotel for security reason and health issue.

During the trip, we had debating session; meeting with CEDAC team; sightseeing; and more importantly, we could visit two schools and met the indigenous people.

Indigenous kids struggling for education…

indigenous people eagered to see the youth’s activities…..

Look, what was he thinking of?….about his future, i guessed.

This is Sreng Sopheap’s school project…he is committed to a better education for his community.

Group picture………hey pagna, what were you thinking of?

Me having a sip of the amazing Rattanaki wine…come and taste with me!
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Community Work

Human Rights Day-Trip to Takeo

I was so regret that I missed the community event in Takeo province as I was required to assist in organizing the 10 December 2006, Human Rights Day, for my center. Though, I was pleased to see some different aspects and high ranking officials’ involvement.

Library: small but very comfortable

Teacher, Let me answer!!!

Ok, we will show you the map of Cambodia!

Phaoun, phaoun!!! Bong will show you how to greet in different circumstances!

Ah, we are girl band!

Thank to H.E Kol Pheng, Education Minister for attending this event!!!
Otherwise no media would cover up this activities.

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.