Meet the VBC team
Founder | Director | Building Manager
VBC’s charismatic founder and director, Sinn Meang, works tirelessly to improve the lives of fellow Cambodians. Like many Khmer people he knows first-hand what it is like to be poor. Born during the Khmer Rouge rule, he is the youngest child in a family of four. His father died when he was very young and he grew up in a poor family in a rural fishing village.
Rorm joined VBC in June 2017 to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. His fun-loving nature and ability to mix and communicate well with people has ensured he is a popular addition to our team. He loves talking with volunteers to improve his English, joking with everyone and he has a passion for sales, so he’s going to be spreading the word about VBC.
Kakada works alongside Rorm to help find the families we build houses for and carry out impact assessments. He loves helping people and always strives to offer practical advice to families to help improve their circumstances. He is also very organised and is popular with our team, always lending a hand to help where needed with various office procedures.
Our much-loved builder, Bunthoeun, has been with VBC since the organisation started. Prior to joining the NGO, he made and sold sugar cane juice, earning about US$6 per day. Hard working, he gets stuck into any job, big or small. His wife and three daughters mean the world to him and he works hard to support them and to put his girls through school.
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He is easy-going and patient with good English skills. He works at VBC during the day and at a Siem Reap restaurant at night. The two jobs help him to support his wife and young son.
Det joined VBC in March 2015 as a builder and truck driver. His fun-loving disposition quickly wins everyone over. On the job site he works hard and happily helps guide volunteers through the building process. Det is developing good leadership skills and confidence and is often in charge of a house build, directing its progress from start to finish.
Bunthorn, or Thon for short, joined VBC in July 2016. The 22-year-old lived in an orphanage near Siem Reap from the age of 12 to 17, where he learnt English from the volunteers. Thon is a hard-worker and has grown into his building role, taking on increasing responsibility and often leading house builds and directing volunteers.
Dalin loves to communicate and share knowledge. She is also passionate about helping fellow Cambodians to get ahead and loves that she is able to get out to the countryside to help people in need. Dalin started working with VBC in April 2018, as a Volunteer Coordinator. She is curious about the world and always fascinated…
Finance OfficerKanha joined VBC in a full time role in March 2018. She is organised and efficient and is on top of VBC’s bookkeeping as well as general administration. She loves the learning opportunities she has had since joining VBC. She has been studying accounting at night but is taking a break for a few months and will continue later in the year. In her free time she likes watching movies, cooking and eating. She also likes reading – mostly books about accounting and tax – but also enjoys watching movies in English as she wants to improve her English. She takes English classes at night three times a week.
Community Centre TeacherLikik started working as a teacher at the Community Centre in May 2017. She says teaching is the best job for her as it gives her an opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with the children. She is in her first year of university study and is enthused about improving her own knowledge. Her goal is to be the best teacher. In her free time she likes reading books, listening to music, watching TV and helping her family. When she is stressed she meditates or chills out with a book and music.
Community Centre Teacher
Teacher Sam joined the VBCCC team in September 2017 and loves to share her knowledge with children in the village. She is also studying in her first year at Build Bright University. In her free time she likes to read books, listen to music, visit her parents and play football. She loves to help others and to share what she has.
Community Centre Librarian
Vin is VBCCC’s librarian. She lives near our community centre with her husband and son and joined our team in August 2018. She finished high school in 2013 and worked mostly in the service industry before joining VBCCC. She loves the opportunity VBCCC is giving her to learn more and to give her experience. She wants to one day be a teacher and share her knowledge to children. In her free time she likes to read books, teach her son and the children who live around her.
Community Centre Teacher
Eighteen-year-old Lida has only been with VBCCC for a few months. He started as a volunteer with us and began working as a teacher in January 2018. Lida is one of six children and his parents are farmers. He finished high school in 2017 and wanted to help Khmer people. His life dream was to work for an organisation providing education to children, especially those in rural areas and to teach future generations. In his free time he likes to read books, research on the internet, hang out with friends and play sport.
Warehouse LabourerGaek joined VBC as a warehouse labourer in January 2015. Before joining VBC he worked in the village, cleaning wood. He is married with three children, two sons and a daughter. He has a few reasons for working with VBC. He uses the money to support his family and ensure his children are able to study. He learns new things with VBC and he is able to help other people in need to get a house. Gaek was very shy when he started working with VBC and would just do his job. Working around VBC’s staff and volunteers has given him more confidence and he is more outgoing.
Warehouse LabourerBarang is a family man from Bakong District, near our community centre. He started work with VBC in August 2018, helping Buntheun in the warehouse to prepare all the wood for the houses. Before working for VBC he spent his free time trying to find a job to get money to support his wife and two children. His work was always uncertain and he changed jobs often, so financially they were not secure. VBC has given him job security. He says working for VBC is his dream job. He has a lot of opportunity to work, he is earning a regular income so his family is secure and he especially loves to practice English with foreigners. Barang is confident and has a great sense of humour and he is always happy to meet new people.
Administration OfficerSopheak joined us in August 2018, inititally to do work experience. But she soon became our full time administration officer. She grew up near Kampot in Cambodia’s south and moved to Siem Reap to study and to improve her work and career opportunities. She joined VBC to improve her English, to earn some money, and because she wanted to help Cambodian people. She recently began her first year at the University of South East Asia where she is studying tourism management and hospitality. She wants to get a degree to increase her skills and give her better opportunities for the future. In her spare time Pheak likes to listen to music and to read – especially educational books.