May we introduce our wonderful team at our CDO family home in Siem Reap
Public Relations & Volunteer Coordinator
My name is Savorn Morn, but everyone just calls me Mom. I am originally from a small village in the Battambang Province. There are 6 people in my family (parents and 4 children), and I’m the second oldest child. When I was 8 years old my father passed away. He had been sick for three years, and because of this, we were very poor. Before he died we had to sell everything from our property to care for my father. After his death my family had several problems: we didn’t have enough food because we’d sold the farm. We stopped studying so that we could earn money to buy food. At one time, my family had to eat bobor, a sort of watery rice porridge, for 1 year because we didn’t have enough money to buy food.
There were no jobs in our village, which is why we decided to go to work in many provinces in Cambodia. We also went to Thailand and to the Thai border to try and earn money to feed my younger sister and brother. In some places there were many landmines, but we needed to find bamboo shoots so we could sell them, which still did not give us much money (We only got 200 Riels (5 cents US), for each 1kg).
In the evenings we had free time and we went to the pagoda to study English. Later on we heard that Siem Reap had a lot of tourism and many jobs, so we decided to come to find a place to work.
After arriving in Siem Reap I started working at a hotel; it was very hard. We had to work 12 hours a day and were not allowed any days off, and we got a little salary. I didn’t like it but I had to do it. After the first hotel job, I changed my job many times; some bosses were good, some were not. Now I work full time with my husband at CDO. I have always wanted to work helping children like this because I don’t want children to grow up the same way that I did. I love working at CDO and knowing that the children here will grow up to be bright men and women who will do great things in their lives, and hopefully be able to help their country, Cambodia.
I am a Cambodian girl and I live in Siem Reap. I am a law student at CMU where I have night classes so that I can come to CDO during the day.
I wanted to teach at CDO because I love children and CDO projects are very important for the development of Cambodia. I want to help CDO to grow even more due to the fact that the children living in here are from a very poor rural village where there is neither food or education and very poor conditions at home.
I believe that all children deserve a good education and to have a happy life! I will try my best to be helpful to CDO!
My name is Nearng and I am from Siem Reap. I am currently living at CDO with one of my daughters. After I became a widow I couldn’t afford a good education for my daughter. I love cooking, so when I heard CDO was looking for a cook I decided to have a look. I immediately said yes, not just because it was a good job but I could also have a home for me and my daughter. Now my daughter goes to Khmer school and has English classes at CDO. She eats proper meals during the day and is well dressed.
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