A Singaporean volunteer helping Cambodians

A Singaporean volunteer helping Cambodians

After graduating with an engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Jacqueline Chen Hui Jie wanted to work in the international development field with NGOs, helping people living in rural areas of countries like Cambodia.

Chen Hui Jie, 29, is now working at Operation ASHA, a healthcare NGO whose mission is to eradicate tuberculosis. Headquartered in India, it has field offices in Cambodia and Vietnam.

“I had a choice between doing my fellowship in India or Cambodia and I chose Cambodia because it was culturally and geographically closer to Singapore,” she said.

Jacqueline learning to cook Khmer food.
Jacqueline learning to cook Khmer food. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Then she backpacked to Cambodia last year and enjoyed some time here visiting the tourist attractions and the NGOs.

“I’ve been in Cambodia for a month and I am adjusting well to the way of life, food and culture here,” she said. “Khmer food is also a delight and I’m picking up cooking skills too!”

She’s learning to speak the language and reading up on current affairs, the culture and history of the Kingdom.

“The work that I do brings me joy and meaning,” she added.

“Operation ASHA works to bring tuberculosis care to the most disadvantaged communities in Cambodia. Our mobile field supervisors provide TB treatment, detection, counseling and support services to our patients’ door steps.

“We collaborate closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia and align ourselves with the National Tuberculosis Programme to meet the Millennium Development Goals for Tuberculosis in Cambodia.”

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