My name is Chan Mareoun, the community leader of Meachey Satreay Aphiwat, and I live in Meanchey 1, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh. There are eight communities forming since 2010 in canal of Steung Meanchey.
The primary concern is that we are living in the public land since there was a letter in 2010 from the governor, Mr. Kouch Chamreun, to ask us to move away from this area within the timeframe of 14 days. With fear of eviction without concrete plans for us, the communities went to ask about this development plans and new relocations for us to settle in from various local authorities and ministries such as Meanchey commune and district authority, ministry of land management urban planning and construction, ministry of public works, and ministry of water resources and meteorology. There was no response from those authorities and ministries, and the plans were no longer heard.
After that, we have been trained in various training such as advocacy, circular 03, housing rights, Non Violence Actions, human rights from a lot of NGO partners such as EC, STT, World Vision, KODO, and CLEC…etc. Unearthing those skills and knowledge from the trainings, we have applied them, effectively and efficiently. We have developed our communities through numerous activities such as cleaning our houses and sewage system, preventing children from transmitted diseases such as diarrhea, blisters, and dengue. Especially, we do not want to be accused of being the blockage on this one of the biggest sewage systems in Phnom Penh; hence we clean the sewage system, annually.
In the end, I would like to thank our NGO partners for providing the trainings, which are absolutely vital for our communities in order to better our living standard and condition. I would like to request our partners to help us to onsite upgrade in our communities and get the land titles in order for us to feel more secured.