SREY ROUT’S STORY
I’m 24 years old, have been married for 2 years and don’t have any children yet.
My parents couldn’t have children, so they adopted me. But I’ve been told that my father is actually my uncle, he’s the younger brother of my biological father. Now I call my birth parents auntie and uncle, and I know they have 5 children. However, I consider myself an only child.
I did go to school when I was young but quit before high school because I wanted to work in a factory in Phnom Penh with some relatives. I worked there for 3 years then stopped because it was too tiring and needed a break. I came back to Kampot, met my husband and got married.
I heard about the Banteay Srey Project through one of the trainees, Loun, who told me I could learn English and other skills like manicure and pedicure so I decided to give it a try. Then when I actually came here, I realized I could learn a lots of other things too.
I’ve been working here for a couple of months. I cook, make smoothies, do facials, body scrubs, manicure, pedicure, hand and foot massages. I particularly like doing facials.
I’m grateful to Banteay Srey Project that I can provide for my family while learning new skills.
I can afford to send my parents some money each month, and still have enough for my husband and I. He’s a musician and plays at Khmer weddings. He’s an orphan and my parents welcomed him with open arms. Now that I work a lot, he’s begun to cook for us more often. He’s really kind and I’m very lucky. I’ve been practicing face, hand and foot massages at home on my husband, and he really enjoys them. So we’re both happy about me working at the spa.
My parents couldn’t have children, so they adopted me. But I’ve been told that my father is actually my uncle, he’s the younger brother of my biological father. Now I call my birth parents « uncle » and « auntie », and I know they have 5 children. However, I consider myself as an only child.