Field Note #130: Mr. Ny's Influence in Cambodia
The first time that I met Mr. Ny, even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could tell he was a strong man of God who was dedicated to serving his community and the fellow people of Cambodia. I met him in the Svay Rieng province at one of Kone Kemg’s drilling sites. He is the leader of the drilling crew in Svay Rieng and Prey Veng. Mr. Ny is also in charge of building all of the latrines and the components of the latrines. I was impressed by Mr. Ny and his one helper who did all of this work for their people. Under Mr. Ny’s instruction, hundreds of wells and latrines have been constructed in the Svay Rieng and Prey Veng provinces since 2013, truly transforming people’s lives.
Meas, Ny or just Mr. Ny, joined the Kone Kmeng (K.K.) crew, Wine To Water's ground partner in Cambodia, back in March of 2013. Before joining, he worked in the main city of Phnom Penh over two hours away from his home. Mr. Ny would spend a few weeks there working, only to see his family a few times a month. Oftentimes, he would have to bring his young boys to work so they could earn enough money to support the family, leaving them with little education. His family also struggled with a lack of access to clean water and hygiene issues, which would lead to sickness. His home life was scattered, and no one was happy.
Between 2011-2012, his family were recipients of a well, water filter, latrine and micro loan that greatly improved their quality of life. This allowed him to start a garden and a fish farm to better provide for his family. After seeing the dedication of K.K. to serve the poor, he knew his calling was to serve with them and to help his brothers and sisters in his region. Mr. Ny has now been with them for almost five years and doesn’t see himself leaving anytime soon. He told me that his favorite part about his job is learning more about drilling and helping the people in his community.
It is refreshing to meet someone like Mr. Ny who loves serving others and pours himself into every project. These people work out in the burning sun everyday to provide people with clean drinking water. They believe it is the right thing to do and that everyone deserves these basic things. When asked if there was anything he’d like to say to the readers, he said: “I just want to thank everyone for their support toward Cambodia, and to ask them to continue to pray for and support Cambodia and Svay Rieng province. God Bless.”
-Barry, Cambodia IPM