Chea Ton has four daughters and a son. Her son is a monk and her daughters have all left the home in order to find work to supplement the family farming income. Chea Ton is left caring for her grandchildren.
They live in Andong Krang Village in Chheung Prey district, which has a population of 225 families who depend on farming and on work in the local brick kilns.
Chea Ton only has seven hectares and depends on this alone to raise the children. They are one of the poorest families in the village and even with the extra income sent by her children, it is difficult to get by.
When one of the grand daughters became ill, Chea Ton did not know what to do. She was coughing for four weeks until a volunteer from NAS took her to Lokak Roupet Health Centre to be checked.
She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and the volunteer taught her that the drugs had to be taken for a full six months, even if the symptoms disapeared in this time.
Chea Ton was so grateful firstly for the free healthcare, but secondly for the volunteer for taking the time to educate her about the medication. Her little granddaughter has now recovered.