Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013


I was born in Kampongcham Province, grew up during the reign of Khmer Rouge. Many of my family members died during the Khmer Rouge Genocide. The Khmer Rouge separated my parents and oldest siblings from the rest of the family. They were sent to do forced labor in unknown locations. From early 1987 until 1989 I was a Pagoda boy... at Ponly Pagoda/Anhcheum Commune, Tbongkhom district, Kampongcham Province. As a Pagoda boy, I served the Monks by collecting food from the villages for them to eat. During this time I began to learn Buddhist prayers and chants from the Monks. The Monks took care of me by providing food to eat (Monks would eat first, then temple boys eat second).
1989-1998 I proudly became a Monk in Kampongcham Province. In 2001 I worked as a Hotel Receptionist at a small hotel in Siem Reap until its close in 2004. After, I saved all I could I acquired a tuk-tuk & began working in this trade. During most of the year, I’m a farmer. I help tend to the family farm, working in the rice fields. During the “tourist season,” I operate a tuk-tuk; I proudly provide transportation to people in and around the Siem Reap area and to the Temples of Angkor Wat.
I have fulfilled my dream and have built a free education in some villages, provides Khmer/ English kindergarten, Hygiene, Environment, Agricultural, Culture Bridge, Morals, Value, Computer class, Other Training skills to people three years of age and older. I feel education is the best way to accomplish these dreams. I also have Tuk tuk for Peace which helps support my schools.