CHI HOK, 33, Commune Councilor of the Rokar Koh Commune
To get better insight on why leaders are not motivated, we tell the story of Chi Hok, as he talks about some of the reasons behind their lack of enthusiasm in accomplishing their tasks as leaders of the community.
A son of a village chief and currently a Year 4 student of Management, Chi Hok is unsure of his commitment to the commune position he holds. In his mind, he believes he is helping the commune, but not necessarily working for it. Mainly due to the meager monetary benefit he receives, which is by itself an insufficient means of livelihood.
Also, he is currently demotivated by the fact that villagers seem to adapt to the culture of waiting to be supported by NGOs, resulting to the community not having an independent direction for the future of the community.
He mentioned several examples. One is the sustainability of most of the projects he coordinated. Villagers stopped practicing it once they were not supported any more. Another example is they tend to ignore their farming routine, instead they let themselves become dependent on the income of their children who work in garment factories. They would rather leave their rice paddy idle after a one-time harvest, a habit that they did not do before.
Another example is the registration of birth certificates or national ID cards. Villagers do not care about it at all. They only deem it necessary and become active and aggressive when it is required by garment factories for their children to present it before being accepted to work.
He himself understands that this is a social disease. He believes that this can be solved as most villages have a “follower” attitude. If we can get quite a few model families to do certain things or to talk about certain things, creating buzz, the entire village will follow suit.
Lastly, he added that consistent and frequent reminders are important in keeping villagers active.