Nursing career for ODA ex teacher



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Health workers manning stations with Malis in Siem Reap town.

Normally providing much needed health services to her fellow villagers at the Village Health Center. Currently Malis is working long hours and battling against the odds with her brave colleagues, fighting the virulent Delta Covid strain, testing and vaccinating the community in Siem Reap.

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My name is Malis. I am currently working at the Siem Reap Provincial Health Department.

When I was in 12th grade at school I won a position to teach at ODA No 5 school in Wat Village. I went to my school in the mornings and afternoon’s, then taught two classes of ODA students from 4 to 6pm at night. This was the first time I had a job and felt very proud and happy to share my knowledge and get to know the kids in my community. They were so happy to study close to their home without having to go far as before. I felt very shy as the students families came to see my lectures, but they welcomed me and it made me stronger and more courageous to communicate with the people around me.

This is No 5 ODA school now, but when I taught it was held in a simple roofed area which was a barbers shop during the day. That was where I met the wonderful UK couple who supported my nursing training and living in Phnom Penh.

Mr Leng sometimes brought interested supporters to see the ODA schools and one night he and Shirley brought a man and his wife from London to my classroom. They had founded a UK NGO called H.E.A.L. (formerly Street Kids Rescue) to assist education and health in Asia, and were interested and wanted to talk to me, so Shirley took my class while we chatted. We talked about my teaching and study, and after chatting he asked me, “What do you want to do in the future?” I told him "I want to be a nurse because my village in the countryside does not have enough nurses." He said he wanted to help me in continuing my studies at the Faculty of Nursing. I was so excited and surprised, because it would cost a lot of money . After graduating from 12th grade, I met with Mr Leng, we discussed which was the best university to choose, for the subject of Nursing. There was nothing local so we decided to choose a university in Phnom Penh.