Some 90 families form the community of this floating village, 60% of which are of Vietnamese origin. Many of the Vietnamese living in this village belong to the third generation of migrants but cannot speak Khmer. The village is located 20 km away of Kompong Chhnang. Most of the families make their living out of fishing.

The old floating Church was restored and is also used as a space for the formation of Vietnamese children, and where cathechism is provided by two Vietnamese sisters. A full-time teacher based in the church is in charge of Khmer and English lessons, with the purpose of integrating the community in Cambodian society. Literacy classes are also provided.

The integration process of the Vietnamese community has grown during these years, partly because the Diocese has enabled many youth to go to study in Battambang or elsewhere. Children now have access to public education in Chnok Trou thanks to the construction of a floating primary school which the Diocese had later given to the government for its management. A program of fish banks to support the fishermen has been organised.

Medical visits have been organised throughout these years, with teams formed by local and foreign doctors.





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