Prime Minister Hun Sen has donated 150 houses for veterans and their families, which are being constructed in Kraing Lvea commune’s Oka Khop village of Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district.

The collection of houses there is to be called Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen Village.

Provincial governor Sun Sovannarith, while leading a working group to inspect construction on July 10, said that 50 houses were being built in the first phase, of which 10 had been finished.

Provincial deputy governor Am Sophea told The Post on July 10 that the working group was currently speeding up construction of the houses and necessary infrastructure to be finished as planned.

Sophea said the governor routinely carried out inspections in order to accelerate construction, while the budget came under the responsibility of Kun Kim, secretary-general of the Cambodia Veteran Association (CVA), who had received support from donors.

More than 100 veterans had been selected to receive houses.

"We have already selected the veterans, and once construction is finished, we will have a draw to select each home. The houses all have kitchens, toilets, bedrooms and infrastructure access,” he said.

According to Sophea, the government had provided more than 100ha of state land at Oka Khop village to the CVA for the construction of houses.

The area is around 70km from Kampong Chnnang town, and close to Kampong Tralach market and Phnom Penh.

Kun Kim said earlier this year that there were around 100,000 veterans in Cambodia, of whom more than 7,000 were without home, with the association providing houses to nearly 5,000 families in the past 10 years.

He added that there remained around 3,000 houses to be constructed to provide for veterans with the support from Prime Minister Hun Sen and other donor.