Meet The Pheak Family

Written by Caley Vanular on March 1, 2016

Every Home Has A Story.

We recently sat down with the Pheak family and asked them about their lives before moving into a World Housing community. Read their inspiring story and see how far they’ve come…


“My name is Nov Srey Pheak, I am from Prey Veng province, where I worked as a farmhand on other people’s rice fields. I earned 10,000 riel ($2.5USD) per day. I started at 7 am and worked until 4 pm. I decided to move to Phnom Penh so my daughters could get an education.”

“We moved here over to Phnom Penh 10 years ago. We lived in a wooden rental house. It was small. When it was the rainy season, the water came through the room. The rental fee was $15 per month. We could only live upstairs – it was so small.”

“In Phnom Penh, I worked at a factory for $80 per month. My husband worked labour. It was so difficult because it was so hard on him. He earned 10,000 to 12,000 riel ($2.5USD to $3USD) per day.”


“After a few years, we moved to a different area of Phnom Penh. When we moved, I couldn’t find a new job so I just stayed at home. It was hard to support our family. We moved into the World Housing community in September 2014. When we moved into this home, I felt free. This house is large and the environment is very good.”

“My favourite things inside this house are the mattress, pillow and blanket because it is easy to sleep.”


“In one word, this house is warm. I feel like I have a permanent house now. I don’t need to pay high fees for the rental room. I hope in the future that my children can continue to go to school and find jobs.”