Jeff McAllister is a Canadian writer, photographer, and graduate student currently completing his Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Melbourne. He holds two bachelors degrees – one in chemistry and one in creative writing – that he earned concurrently from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Before moving to Australia, he spent two years working as a freelance writer in South Asia and South East Asia. His background investigating humanitarian stories directly informs his engineering philosophy—he’s interested in human centred design and the role of technology in alleviating poverty. He's currently an intern with Engineers Without Borders Australia.
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Long Sokhon is a small-scale farmer in Cambodia’s Pursat Province. Like 85% of Cambodians, she makes a modest living off the land. She used to cook for her family of eight over a wood-chip fire by night. Sokhon lived the way most do in rural Cambodia—one of the poorest countries in South East Asia with a population of 15.8 million. Then, she was given the opportunity to have a 2,000 litre slate-grey tank installed in the vegetable patch. Long Sokhon was chosen as part of a biodigester pilot project run by Engineers Without Borders Australia and Live & Learn Environmental Education.