On Saturday July 30th, Salariin Kampuchea wished a warm farewell to Hun Pitou. Throughout her 6 and a half years at SK, Pitou has served as a librarian, accountant, social worker, and assistant director. She leaves us now to take on new challenges that will diversify her skills.
We had a chance to sit down with Pitou and ask about her experience at SK.
Please take a moment to introduce yourself – name, educational background, dreams for the future:
Hello! My name is Hun Pitou and this year, I am 26 years old. I have two brothers and I am a second child in my family. I am originally from Siem Reap and I live in Wat Bo Village, Salakomroek Commune, Siem Reap City, Cambodia. I had finished University of South-East Asia in 2013, my subject is accounting.
Where are you from originally in Cambodia? How did you find out about SK?
I am originally from Siem Reap. I found out about SK from my friend.
Why did you choose to work for an NGO?
Because NGO is my dream place that want to work with. I really like to work for NGO because I like to help and support poor people and work in the team to learn new things from the people from over the world. After I learn from other people, I can share my experience to other people in my country too.
What do you enjoy about working at Salariin Kampuchea?
I really enjoy all the things and working with staff, students and all volunteers.
What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to work or volunteer at SK?
I know that all most of volunteers that they are so friendly and share their experiences to our teachers and students. So I would like to see all of you keep going as the same as before. Such as training teacher, it’s very very improving skill for the teachers and they can learn the difference style and skill from all of you. Thank you so much for your help and support us.
On Saturday, we had a beautiful party to wish a fond farewell to Pitou. There were plenty of games and laughter. We didn’t let the rain get us down: the students, our teachers, and even some of our Irish volunteers continued dancing in the rain! The students expressed their appreciation for Pitou’s service by giving her a giant stuffed turtle and cupcakes.
Words can’t possibly express how much Pitou has contributed to the school and how greatly she will be missed. Never without a smile or a kind word, Pitou has made friends with students, staff, parents, and volunteers alike. In her 6.5 years, Pitou has performed in whatever role the school has needed her to perform. As a librarian, she took care of the library and used her creativity to devise crafts and games for students to learn from. As an accountant and assistant director, Pitou has forged and maintained professional relationships with people across Siem Reap while keeping excellent records. Always welcoming, Pitou has been a warm shoulder for students and parents to approach and talk to. We know that Pitou has a bright future ahead of her, but she will be greatly missed at SK. Thank you for your service Pitou, and good luck in everything you do!