I am AN Hoksan from Prek Toal, a floating village on the banks of Cambodia's great lake, Tonle Sap. I am the Project Manager of “Prek Toal Home and Life” and Director of NGO 'Prek Toal, moving ahead (PTMA)'.
We work to improve the lives and future of the families in our village to give them hope for a better future. Like all our projects this one directly supports to our local community so that all funds raised go to the people and the buildings of the houses.
We are a local not-for-profit community development, so we work closely in the team as volunteers with non-monthly fees to be pay for staffs’ positions. We know that when we work together, we are happier and enjoy making our community’s future more hopeful and sustainable.
The “Prek Toal Home and Life Project”, is designed to improve villagers’ housing and living quality and repair the damage to families’ homes in our village. Because the water level and fish stocks have become a lot less for many reasons, many families are not able to keep their house well and they are not in good condition.
The Project aims to building 25 floating houses for our most needing families, enhancing their living conditions and improving the health of villagers’ environments. The families are working very hard, fishing day and night, but this is not enough for their survival, as they can only earn just enough for buying food. Because of this the houses are falling apart but the families must stay there.
Along with the building or renovation of the villagers’ house, a farm to raise chickens or ducks will be provided. The small farms are the starting point of a sustainable income, as most families currently rely on fishing, which is increasingly becoming a big problem as the waters in our big lake, Tonle Sap, are changing, and under threat.
The project also includes emphasis on the families’ support of the children’s education and we continue to work with the families to ensure that children stay at school for a longer time. Because the families are struggling so much to survive many of the children must work with their families, instead of going to school. We want to stop that trend.
The long term project goal is to build two houses per year. For every amount of your money donated, it helps to make our project achieve its goals and helps our community become sustainable.
The project aims to build simple ‘floating houses’ of 6m x 8m size. Each is comprised of two small bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen area, a seating area which can be a sleeping area as well.
We provide those families with the starting point of a sustainable income by showing them how to raise the provided ducks or chickens, including a small floating farm.
We also provide an opportunity for families to be involved as a host family for guests who may be booking tours with our tour company, Prek Toal Tours & Travel , by taking guest(s) around the village with a row boat and guest(s) may stay in their houses too as part of our Prek Toal Homestay program.
This will be an important part of the project as it will help develop economic diversity and increase the sustainability of the family’s finances.
OUR APPRECIATIVE FAMILIES
So far we have built three floating houses already for our needing families in Prek Toal. Those families can not make their living from fishing alone but now will be able to live with better health.
Family #1: Mr. KONG SAMREUN
Mr. Samreun is a fisherman and sometime a worker in the village and his wife, Mrs SOK Neurn is a housewife. Ms Neurn sometimes works cutting fish in the village with her 3 daughters and 2 sons, who were living on a small boat in Prek Toal village before getting their new house.
Family #2: Mr. SEURN SET
Mr. Set is a fisherman and sometimes he must work as a hire person for a day in the village.
His wife, Mrs. LAI Pha is a housewife and also works cutting fish in the village with their daughters to support their family and make sure the children attend school. There are 7 people in the family with small old floating house. The children can now attend school regularly.
Family #3: Mr. CHEAT DERN
Mr. Dern is a fisherman and also work as a hire person to the people in the village. His wife is a housewife but also works cutting fish in the village as well. Four of their sons and daughters are studying at school in the village; one older son is helping the father in fishing and also helping the mother to cut fish as well.
All 7 people in this family are living on the small flooding floating house, but now they are having a better house for living and stay together and attend at school.
All of those families were surprised and happy, more than they could say, after we gave them the floating house.
They would like to say “A LOT OF THANKS” to all donors who helped to build the house for them, as they did not think they could ever have a house like this in their life.
The families are still working very hard, fishing on the Tonle Sap Lake, both in the day time and night time.
TO KEEP CONTINUE OUR HELP
To keep our work for the community I would appreciate it, if you could share the link below and information to your colleagues and friends. We hope to gather as much financial support as possible through this website.
I appreciates the great kindness of all donors who have donated to project to help our families in Prek Toal.
OUR NEXT FAMILIES
Our fourth floating house will go to the family of Mr. HENG Lay and Ms. SENG Phea. There are currently 7 people living in the family house, including four daughters and one son. There is no bedroom, as everything occurs in one family room.
In Mr. Lay’s family everyone works together to earn money. Mr. Lay is a fisherman and also works as a hire person in the village. Ms. Phea is a housewife, but also works cutting fish, fixing nets and other works in the village as well. Their son and daughters also help them and do fishing. Two of the children go to school.
The family has been working hard to earn money because they want to save money to build a better house, as their son and daughters are growing up, but this dream is not possible as all their salary goes to surviving every day.
PTMA hopes that we can re-build a better floating house for them and give them a good living environment, so that they can live together and help the children to remain at school.
MAKING A LOVELY MEMORY!
Every donation will go directly to the families, and donors will have a wonderful memory to keep forever.
To help this we put donors’ names and photos on a board to hang in the house with donors’ permission.
We are delighted if there is any local community groups or any organization and travel agencies who would like to donate into our project to build floating houses for our poor families in Prek Toal. Please feel free to let me know anytime.
Why did I create and run this project for my community?
1. I love the community environment and our people
2. I followed my parents as they work for the community
3. I want to help poor families who can not survive living in this difficult environment
4. I want to provide extra work for them to get more income
5. I want to support their children's education
6. My work for the community comes from my heart
7. I want to share my community to people around the world through our guests’ experience with Prek Toal Tours & Travel
I am Hoksan AN, project organizer of NGO “Prek Toal, moving ahead” and other projects for my community, because it is my place (Prek Toal village) that I was born and grow up and also I knew clear about the life on the floating house and fishing careers on the lake and the rivers to support and survives the family’s economic.
I wish I can do more for my community to provide extra jobs that they cam survive on their family's income and also support their children, sons and daughters, to study at school and at university to get better jobs to continue our help to communities.
I always followed up and keep into heart from all good advice with the people around me. This is the best way and it pushed me to be strong and always one step up forward, without rejection or sadness in my life, especially the advice from my parents who said;
“We don’t want any sons and daughters to live without knowledge, because only knowledge can made our life better in the future. Even if we, your father and mother are poor we must always keep going and working to earn money for you to study.”
And they also said:
“When you still have time in your life, try to use your knowledge to help our community get a better and better life, as father and mother did till now. If many people look down and laugh at you about being poor, please keep working and do the best with what you can do to help them; they will remember our name and our work for the community in their mind forever in the future”
To potential sponsors and supporters: A big part of your experience is the opportunity for you to make a real difference to the lives of the people in our village. A visit by you to our village will help our villagers get a better life and encourage them to build a good future for their families. I have a strong belief in helping our community to grow with your support to us.
I and my parents and our teams are keep our work for community without alary forever, because our heart is belong to community in Prek Toal.
I would like to share with you the feedback for our surveys from Ms. Andrea and Ms. Susan, who are our donors and also they had stayed and did trips with my local tours and travel, Prek Toal Tours & Travel, as below:
1. Why did you decide to donate or participate in our project?
'First, I would like to say that both Susan and I have made every donation together.
We are inspired by:
a) The built-in aspects of the program that address the question of sustainability like chicken/duck farming, floating garden and tourist homestay- these all extend ongoing opportunities for the partner families’ self-reliance.
b) The selflessness of the Program Director (and his family) whose mission is to help others who have
the greatest need in the village of Prek Toal.
c) Donations offer very direct support to families with the greatest needs- excellent transparency and
d) As home stay guests, we gain and learn a lot (experience the wonderful culture and warm hospitality
of the hosts; see the natural beauty of the area; learn through experience about the needs and
aspirations of the local people)-this program offers a way to express gratitude through sharing - it is
2. Do you have any suggestions about improving the promotion and delivery of our projects?
a) I have suggested checking with Rotary International in Cambodia, to see if they would partner with
this program. If they did, it would immensely broaden the reach.
b) I wonder about involving volunteer environmental engineers to consider if there might be a healthy
option for toilets like a composing toilet that could provide compost for the floating gardens- the
practice of dumping raw sewerage in the river is not healthy.
For your direct transfer for this project donation, here is our bank account:
- Bank’s name: Cathay United Bank (Cambodia) Corp. Ltd
- Bank address: 68 Street 214, Sangkat Beong Raing, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Swift BIC: CSBCKHPP
- Beneficiary’s name: AN HOKSAN
- Account number: 03 1[phone redacted] 3833
- Beneficiary’s address: Wat Damnak village, Sala Komreuk commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap,
- Beneficiary mobile: +855(0)77 797 112
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