Located 27 kilometers away from Siem Reap city, east of the famous Angkor Wat Temples, and travelling on potholed road, one reaches Piak Snaeng Chas Village after an hour-trip. There are about 250 families and 1,500 individuals in this village. The
The Catholic Catholic Church has been involved with this village, first in 1994 through the Caritas Cambodia who had helped the villagers to build the village road with the help of the World Food Program, and later by means of other social development projects through the leadership of Ms. Bernadette Glisse. In 2000, with Fr. Heri Bratsudarma SJ and Mr. Thoem Thon at the helm, the Catholic Church of Siem Reap began to send its youth to help the children learn about hygeine and sanitation and help them read and learn values.
Starting in 2016, with Fr. Totet Banaynal SJ as parish priest in Siem Reap, the Kindergarten evolved from a day-care center to a Kindergarten School. Two teachers for two children’s classes and a cook maintain the daily care of the children.
Likewise, Women’s Program develops with the help of Ms. Betty Millena, first with regular workshops in women’s health, general hygiene and sanitation, and childcare. It assists lactating mothers to care for their infants, and also develops a mutual savings assistance group among the women.
In this year 2022, literacy classes were held for mothers and teenagers. The teacher is Ms. Ket Sokleng, a literacy teacher from the former Banteay Prieb Technical School for the Handicapped in Phnom Penh. This month of October 2022, a sewing class will also be opened for mothers.
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