For over a decade, Tith Cheatra has been dedicated to supporting her community, and her passion for making a difference led her to become a Commune Councilor in the Phnhi Meas Commune, situated in Koh Kong province, on the southwest coast of Cambodia. In the role she is responsible for the commune committee for women and children, advocating for their rights and welfare.
Cheatra’s journey into community service began as a volunteer for various CARE projects, most recently as a Community Accountability Facilitator. The ISAF (Implementation of Social Accountability Framework) project, where she took on the opportunity as a Community Accountability Facilitator, aims to empower citizens and improve local service delivery by leveraging community involvement and accountability.
Reflecting on her experiences, Cheatra shared, “My journey as a Community Accountability Facilitator began with an idea to support the community, especially vulnerable groups. I wanted to disseminate information about citizen rights in accessing local services. When people understand their rights and the standards at the commune, health center, and primary school levels, they become empowered to demand better services without fear.”
In the Community Accountability Facilitator role, Cheatra was able to gain a deep understanding of how to work with the local community, which helped her become more aware of local issues and needs. The experience prepared her for her role as a commune councilor. As a result of her dedication, she has been recognised as an instrumental member of the Joint Accountability Action Plan Committee in Phnhi Meas commune.