OUR TEAM

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Wayne Matthysse

Founder

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Staff – Melinda

Melinda Lies

Programme Coordinator - Finance

Melinda initially came to WOCC in fall 2010 as a volunteer and as so many do, she immediately fell in love with the place and its inhabitants. Unlike others, though, she was in a position to stay and now calls Wat Opot home. Melinda is the resident Mommy and her duties are as varied as the children in her care.

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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.

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Phean Pheab

Handyman

Pheab has been with Wat Opot since 2018 and is responsible for general upkeep of our buildings, grounds and gardens and our animals.

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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.