Dengue Fever Risks Analysis

Welcome to the Mosquito-borne Diseases exploration! This is one of the last round explorations of this school year 2017-2018 at Liger. We are a group of 12 students and a facilitator who is trying to study deeply about a very common mosquito-borne disease in Cambodia, Dengue Fever, that every Cambodian had heard of. Throughout the research, we had found that the number of Dengue Fever cases are doubled this year compared to the previous year. This information had encouraged us to pick this particular disease to focus on most. Currently in class, our teams are working on a project called ‘Risk Analysis’ where we have to survey villagers, analyze the data, and finally writing a report for the study ourselves.

The goal of this project is to estimate which village of the two are most likely to have a Dengue Fever outbreak in this upcoming raining season.

Mosquito larvae inside villager’s water storage.

We start off by creating a team to work on the questionnaire. The questionnaire will only include the relevant questions and are not expected to be a long list of the question due to the time limit; we don’t have much time to interview as well as to analyze responses of each question. There was also another team that is working on figuring out routes that each team or pairs will be taking in order to avoid interviewing the same households.

On May 18th and 19th, 2018, our team went out of campus to do surveys of our neighborhood villages: Champus Kaek, Koh Krobey, one household followed by the other. We spend approximately 20 minutes to interview each household. The six pairs complete about 60 household in that morning in Champus Kaek village and are ready to keep on the work to interview the next village tomorrow, expecting to have a sample survey of 52 at least. After the two days, we end up interview 116 household in total which was really impressive.

Interviewing one of the households.

My favorite part of the whole process is to be able to connect and feel the kindness and a warm welcoming from each person we’ve been walking through to interview them. They were really friendly in term of like respecting and letting some 15-year-old asking them questions. Getting the accurate answer from them is really important, so we have to make sure they are comfortable with telling us the information we need. I was glad to get to talk to and connect with all the villagers once again.

In the second village, Koh Krobey, we seem to run into an issue. Each route the group had divided doesn’t seem to share the same amount of household, so some group seems to struggle with completing the amount of survey they needed to get done with. I was also one of the groups who’s struggling. As I walk through the route, I try my best to ignore those dogs that were barking hard at us. After a few minutes, we make a decision to just meet up as a team and continue to interview the route with a lot of people which is another team route.

Observing one of the village’s water storage.

There were many flaws in making this report. There are a lot of different interviewers. So there’s a chance that we can interpret the question in a different way and receive a slightly inaccurate answer.

While analyzing the data, I was on a roll with the other three mates to work on analyzing the association between people’s behavior and their risk of getting dengue fever. Surprisingly, there isn’t any evidence of an association between them. This means that the risk of getting dengue fever is not influenced by their behavior.

One of the water storage type that many villagers had used.

Throughout this whole exploration, I had worked my hardest at all time! I asked a lot of questions and always pay all of my attention toward the lesson our facilitator had given us. Those questions had influenced my understanding of this topic very well. I had worked my best to connect all of the experiences from the last exploration like Surveying in Cambodia into writing the report. Lastly, I hope I had played my role well and had contributed every knowledge I have had toward making this project happen.

How I Changed Cambodia 2017-2018

Grew up in a family that valued education most, I got to gulp up as much knowledge at school as the other friends of mine- I was too lucky that my gender and family condition couldn’t get in my way at all. I was born to feel really ravenous about becoming the expert who good at anything. Although I was a hardworking student, I sometimes afraid of anything new. I was afraid of leaving my comfort zone. A day followed by the other, I had not taken a step toward the next level of myself and I didn’t plan too.

I was once do not know what it really is to be a change agent. I used to believe that only grown-up could create changes- I’d been waiting for so long for the right time to move on to another level of myself.

Five years of hard working led me to an opportunity that will change my life forever. I finally took a step toward another level of myself. I took a test, and surprisingly, I didn’t even know what was going on at that time. I aced the test and got a scholarship to Liger Leadership Academy. I was introduced to a lot of -new- things. Through the support and encouragement from being here at Liger, I was able to fight through my fear and always bring myself to a next level.

I started seeing many people working on various, cool projects. I was amazed by seeing them being a change agent for my country. I was begging to be one of them as well. Being a student at Liger, I started to understand what really is like to be a change agent. I understand that changes don’t require to be huge. It can be as tiny as yourself using fewer plastics. This can seem to be very small, but it pays off a huge change in time.

This is my sixth year learning at Liger. This school year had been exciting! I’ve got to join many cool projects that were very spread in topics from helping people’ visions, documented Cambodia historical building, robotics to write a survey report and doing risk analysis with those complicated statistical calculations.

Surveying in Cambodia was one of the school-project explorations this year. We are a group of seven students and a facilitator. This project was requested by our school country director who was also one of the founder of a charity helping Cambodian children accessing to education called Camkids. Our mission was to determine the effects that Camkids had toward people from the three villages nearby and to discover the current issues those villagers faced and informed it to Camkids so that they can provide the right programs or services to help with people’ struggles.

After creating the questionnaire, we went off campus to Kampong Speu province and interviewed people from one household to another. We all really committed to this project. After completing the boring process of inputting the data, I was one of the two students who will be responsible for writing a long paper of Camkids report while the other five students are working on analyzing the data. We completed most of the report by the end of our exploration. Lastly, I was hoping that our hard work will pay off and the report will be able to represent villagers’ struggles well so that Camkids will be able to provide services to help fulfill those need as soon as possible.

Another project of mine this year was Mosquito-borne Disease. We are a group of 13 students and a facilitator who is looking deeply into common Mosquito-borne Diseases in Cambodia. Through doing some research on the internet, we had found that the number of Dengue Fever cases double significantly. That is why our exploration will be focusing closely on Dengue Fever.

This exploration seems to be a part two of my last exploration, Surveying in Cambodia. We are working on a project called risk analysis, where we’ll be creating a questionnaire and interviewing people from a household to another again. For this particular exploration, we’re only interviewing two villages which are nearby our school. Through looking the data that was collected, we will be able to find out which village will be most likely to have an outbreak of Dengue Fever in this raining season.

This report will hopefully be on the World Health Organization website.

We will run a one day clean up in one of the villages that were found to have a higher risk of the outbreak to collect all of the mosquito water-source habitats that will help in reducing its population. We also plane to run a campaign to promote the risk of getting Dengue Fever in this season in order to raise awareness to people to protect themselves from mosquito bites as well. We really don’t want Dengue Fever cases to double this year in Cambodia. I really hope this project will play an important role in reducing the risk of people getting Dengue Fever in Cambodia as well.

Although those changes don’t happen immediately like a snap of the hand, I strongly believe that it will play its role well after a certain amount of time.

I strongly encouraged anyone to believe in yourself because you have the ability. You can be one of us! You can be one of the change agents for your country. Don’t wait for the right time, make the time right for what you’re going to do.

In the future, I expect Cambodian children to access more technology as well as starting getting their heads into project-based learning. Whenever I struggle with something I always say this to myself “nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”


Camkids Surveying Exploration

On Sunday 4th of March 2018, a group of 17 students from the Liger Leadership Academy went on a trip to Kompong Speu (KPS) in the sight of interviewing people from the three villages: Chbar Chross, Trapaing Mian, and Ta Gnov. The purpose of this survey was to determine the effects that Camkids has had toward people from the three villages as well as discovering the current issues that those villagers face so that Camkids can provide services that help to solve those issues. This survey report was requested by Dominic Sharpe, country director of The Liger Leadership Academy and founder of CamKids.

The questionnaire was created by the Surveying Exploration, a group of seven students and a facilitator. I am really glad to be a part of the team because this project will help a lot with improving villagers’ lives. The question was divided into 4 main sections such as Incomes and Expenses which break down into Loan and Savings, Education, Health, and Nutrition. We spend the whole Sunday there at KPS and we determined to interview at least 80 families. Each survey took about 30 to 40 minutes. We interview individually so that we can get through as many families as possible. This includes asking questons and noting down responses as clearly as we can manage. At the end of the day, we get 103 interviews done. I really appreciate the work I’d done at KPS a lot because I had overcome the fear I had of walking toward someone and start a conversation.

Interviewing one of the villagers.

It was a really hard task due to the time limits, but our group manages to get it done really well. Currently, we’re in the process of writing the report and analyzing the data. My role in the team was to start writing the report. It was a really hard task for me personally because the report is required to be as professional as possible. By writing this report, I had improved a lot with my writing skill especially on how to make my writing professionally. The final step is to present it to Dom and the other founder of Camkids and of course, upload it onto the school’s website.

Group picture at Camkids.

If there a project related to surveying and creating a questionnaire, I think the experience I received from this exploration can be applied to that project perfectly. There were many experiences I got from this project such as creating a good questionnaire, interviewing and surveying people, and writing a professional report. Because we’re still students who learn to do this type of project and aren’t professional surveyors, there were many flaws in this survey report still.

Gender Summit

Gender Summit’s banner.

On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, a group of twelve students and two facilitators from the Liger Leadership Academy had run an event called “Gender Summit” where they tried to raise awareness about gender issues to students from different places around the country. I’m really glad that I had received this great opportunity to confidently share my opinion with everyone about this problem as well as getting to hear different aspects coming from students my age. This event comes with a lot of lessons about gender along with fun and educational activities that are really entertaining. We also get to eat free, delicious snacks and lunch as well.

Sharing opinion with the whole group.
Get to know other people’s aspects.

One of my favorite activity of all is under the section called Violence and Power. Basically, at the start of the activity, one of the instructors will hand us a ball and a card. On the card, they had written some phrases that describe a type of person that we going to put ourselves in their shoes. For example, “Male street boy. 10 years old.” There’s a bin that is placed on the other end of the room opposite of where we stand. After everyone knows who they represented, another instructor will read different statements for example, “You don’t need to worry about food.” If it true for you, you will take a step forward, if not you remain at the same place. At the end, we will try to score the goal [bin] in front of us. And of course, the nearer you are to the bin, the more chance you can score it.

Everyone started at the same place.

What I like about this activity is that it’s a physical activity where we’re using our whole body to involve in the game. It was a really fun game but powerful. This game had demonstrated that people nowadays who have a lot of power are enjoying their lives happily every single day while the other people are living under struggle and unable to accomplish their goal to get to where they want to be. Those powerful people are walking toward their goals easily without turning themselves back to help those poor people. In this contemporary world, power and money always play a role in bringing people to succeed.

This event made me think that solving gender issues is not impossible. But the most important thing to know is that it’s not easy, that is why we really need to raise awareness from now on. Before the event, I always think that some culture is really useless [sorry to say that], but now I realize that culture is really powerful and had made a huge impact on someone’s life. It sometimes mislead us. Moreover, I really want people to realize that to make this world a better place, it requires both genders, men, and women. If only men are doing the work, the world wouldn’t be any better. It really impacts how I view the importance of gender equity.

We write the reflection of the whole day.

One quote from the event that is really powerful to me is “The people who have power aren’t using violence, the powerless one is.” From my understanding, this means that the people that aren’t having power are using violence because it’s the only way that they can gain power and use it over someone. And people you already have power, they don’t need use violence to get something they want.

This is when we have the discussion together.

I strongly believe that, through communication, we will be able to understand more about the issues as well as getting more people to look into this problem and together trying to raise awareness to more people and those dark aspects will slowly turn brighter and Gender Equity will happen to have in this world.

This is our group picture.

There’s also a website that was created by the twelve students who run the Gender Summit. I really hope you can check it out sometimes. 

Here is a short video that basically describes what the whole day of Gender Summit looks like. Enjoy,

Khmer Sight Foundation Volunteer

On the November 12th, 2017, I had volunteered to work with the Khmer Sight Foundation (KSF) in Phnom Penh. The KSF is working with people with their vision to improve their sight as well as avoiding the chance of losing their eyes. As we arrive that the place, I can see a lot of people, especially the elders are waiting for the eye check. My role is to get them inside the room and start on doing the eye check, which is pointing to the “E” letter and let them tell which way is it turning.

Doing eye test with people.

Beside testing the eye, I would be spending time talking with the elders who’s coming and also asking them about their eye problems. I would be there to listen to their question and try to answer them the best I could for example where do I get my medicine and so on. I would be running around find the number of each person and get them to the eye-test room. I was tired, but I’m really happy to do the job. I’m really happy to see the life changes that we had make for them. I really hope to work more with the KSF in helping more people who’s in need.

Talking to people about their eye problems.


Project-Based Learning

Sharing learning experiences with government students related to project-based learning.

Welcome to PBL exploration which is stand for Project-based Learning. Our goal is to includes project-based learning in Cambodia learning curriculum, which was request by the Ministry of Education in Cambodia. We strongly believe that we can do it. In class we are working on the four lessons such as PBL definition, Teamwork, Interview and presentation to share our experience to the teachers at the government school so that they can share it to their students. They are having one hour per week which in the total of three hours to complete their project. I really proud of Liger that give my a chance to help create a huge change for Cambodia.

Animal Guide Book Launch

On 23 January 2016, Liger had launched another book called The Illustrated Guide to the Wildlife of Cambodia. I am one of the authors and illustrators in this book. Our group members has putted a lot of hard work in this. So we really proud with our book! In this book, I have written 8 species, 2 ecosystems, and 4 of my painting had chosen to put in the book! This project had create a lot of changes for me including being determent, proactive, and inspire me to know about the meaning of ART!

Water Safety

My topic is about medic. In the medic topic, I choose to learn about aquatic protection because mostly I had seen a lot of people around me get drown when they go somewhere especially in rural area. First, I need to have some research about treating the different type of drowning. Then I hope that I can meet anyone or experts at aquatic protection (can be day trip). At last, when I go somewhere else, I wish I can help people with my independent discovery skill that I learn in Liger. To share my knowledge with other people, I will make some brochure and share them.

Ministry Day

Yesterday have been the best day ever for me. I have found a lot of fun experiences. I’m really happy to have a chance to present about recruitment to ministry and education heads. I have learned how to speak fluently and collaborate with a group to complete a work. This event can help change Cambodia because when Liger share how we educate our students, other schools that take some of our great experiences to change their school. So our educations in Cambodia will develop faster in a good way. Also, it will be helpful if they can share it with other government schools in Cambodia.

Changing Cambodia

In Liger, we focus mostly on changing Cambodia. When I learn in Liger, I have lots of explorations that help me change parts of Cambodia. One of my explorations that show changing Cambodia call Animals Field Guide. In our class, we have a big goal to publish a real book and share it with Cambodian. We change Cambodia by sharing our knowledge about wild animals to Cambodian through our books. Besides doing research on the internet, we also have two trips to meet experts outside our school to ask for more information about our animals. We will spread out our book to the world including Cambodia.

Animal Guide Book Launch Event.