Solene is interning with CK for a few weeks as part of her marketing studies in France. She has the chance to visit Cheung Kok Village where we have a group of knitters and wrote about her experience there.
Hi, I am Solène, I come from France and I am doing an internship at CK for 5 weeks. I am working on communications, writing blog posts, doing some interviews and the creation of materials support.
Before to starting at the Office, I went to visit one of the villages in the CK network, Cheung Kok village, to take pictures and videos.
Also known as Amica Village, the village of Cheung Kok is a community of farmers and artisans located just a few minutes from Kampong Cham, and 2 hours by bus to Phnom Penh. It is an ecotourism village whose resident welcome visitors to their homes, to discover the typical life of locals. To get more information about this village you can go to their Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/cheungkokvillage/
When I arrived at the village I was welcomed by Aline and her family, they offered to me a place to eat and to sleep. They have a comfortable homestay option for guests.
To begin the afternoon, Aline took me to meet 5 of the 10 women who work for Cambodia Knits. I could take pictures and videos of their work: knitting, some women already knew how to knit, and others learnt from a teacher at the office. The advantage of their job it is that they can work at home while taking care of their children and families, and work when and where they want.
I also could talk a little with them. I went to the market where all the hand-made produce by the artisans are sold, like silk scarf, jewels, clothes and other items.
After that I accompanied Aline to the school. I played with little children and assisted to a lesson of English for teenagers by volunteers’ girls.
Then, back at Aline’s house, I watched and helped her mother cooking and we ate with Aline grandparents outside. I spent the night there and then I went back to Phnom Penh.
Here people live very simple with just the minimum, they made most of their objects, like table, chairs, cooking tools… They just have what they need to live: something to eat and drink, to sleep and to wash, no need to have internet, televisions, video-games, big bed, big bath, cars… And they are happy without all these useless things.
It was my first time in a typical local Cambodian family, and I could see how they lived and it reminded me that simple things are the best. It was a very rewarding experience and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to visit.