Wayne Matthysse


Wayne began his work in Cambodia with the Catholic Office of Emergency Relief and Refugees in 1998, where he met Mr. Vandin San. Together they created the organization, Partners in Compassion, to help the victims of HIV and AIDS.  In February of 2002, Wayne took up residency at the Wat Opot Project and has overseen its growth and development since that time.

Staff – Oeun

Touch Som Oeun

Acting Director

Oeun grew up at Wat Opot and has a degree in Engineering.  He has been employed with us since 2019.  He is acting director and also supports staff with grounds and building maintenance.


Hong Pheap

Kitchen Staff / Boys Dorm Caregiver

Hong Pheap has been living and working at Wat Opot since March 2006. She lives here with her teenage son, Touri. She is employed as a cook, and lives in and manages the boys dorm.


Dul Channly

Kitchen Staff

Channly has been with Wat Opot since 2002 and is in charge of the kitchen. Her son, Tay-Wong spends most afternoons at Wat Opot.


Chom Tuoch

Preschool Teacher / Tutor

Tuoch has been with Wat Opot since 2017 and is responsible for our preschool age children and tutors primary school children.


Paul Phall

Part-Time Night Caregiver

Paul has been with Wat Opot since 2009 and is responsible for the nightly upkeep of the youngest boys and gets them ready for school in the  morning.


Noch Sophong

Night time Caregiver / Tutor

Sophong has been with Wat Opot since 2016 and is responsible for the girl's dorm and tutoring of primary age children.

Staff – Then

Nget Then

Night Time Security

Then has been with Wat Opot since 2016.  He works to keep our property secure in the evenings and assists if any property issues arise, such as a power or water outage.

Staff – Ear

Vet Mom (Eahr)

housekeeping staff / animal maintenance

Ear has been with Wat Opot since 2016 and is responsible for the upkeep of the volunteer dorm and helps out with our animals and in the kitchen as needed.