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.
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.
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.
Mr Gaek 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. The regular income from VBC supports his family and ensures his children are able to study. He learns new things with VBC and is able to help other people in need to get a house. Mr 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.
Barang is a family man from the district near our community centre. He started work with VBC in August 2018, helping in the warehouse. Before working for VBC his work was always uncertain and he changed jobs often, so financially they were not secure. He now has job security. He says working for VBC is his dream job. He is earning a regular income so his wife and two children are 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.
Rorm originally joined VBC in June 2017 as Volunteer Coordinator. Rorm has a big heart and wants to help everyone. His passion for helping his people and understanding the conditions they live in, made him a great fit for the role of social worker and he has held this position since early 2018. 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.
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.
Dalin is a dynamo of energy and is driven to achieve and succeed. The third of four children, she is the only one in her family to finish high school. She is in her final year of business management at university, studying full time at night, while working full time in the day. She enjoys challenging social norms that expect women to stay at home and get married and says working in a construction-based organisation adds to this. Dalin loves helping fellow Cambodians, especially those less fortunate. She has a beautiful singing voice and in her free time loves to listen to music, sing, dance and read books.
Rady joined the VBC team at the start of 2019 and loves working with our international volunteers. His previous roles include working in the hopsitality and tourism industries and as a photographer’s assistant. He loves his community and was looking to do something that gives back and says he could not have found a better place than VBC. Rady is a keen photographer and in his free time loves taking portraits. He also loves listening to 80s music and watching science movies, especially ones about astronomy. His future dreams include being able to travel to places where he can explore more about himself and the world.
Sopheak 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 wants to help Cambodian people. She is also a full time university student majoring in tourism management and hospitality. She believes study will improve her opportunities. In her spare time Pheak likes to listen to music and to read – especially educational books.
Community Centre Head Teacher
Teacher Ee is an energetic and motivated young woman with big ideas and a big heart. She joined us in August 2019 and has a wealth of experience. She has previously started and run a school and spent a year working on a teaching exchange in Laos. Her last job was working in career guidance and she has a variety of soft skills experience. Teacher Ee is originally from a farming family in Prey Veng province in Cambodia’s south east and she is the oldest of three children. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge to bring knowledge to her students. In her free time she loves reading books, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Community Centre Teacher
Teacher Likik first joined VBCCC as a student, studying English. But we spotted her potential and she was soon offered a job, joining our staff team as VBCCC’s librarian in May 2017. Shortly after that she was promoted to the position of English teacher. She is a role model for her three younger sisters. Likik loves her job and enjoys sharing her knowledge to the younger generation in her village. She wants to be a good English teacher so she can change her own life and the lives of students. She has a scholarship through VBC to study English. In her free time Likik enjoys helping her family, reading books, listening to music and fishing.
Community Centre Teacher
Teacher Sam joined the VBCCC team in September 2017. She comes from a farming family and also started as a student at the school before being appointed as librarian, then promoted to English teacher. Sam loves to share her knowledge with children in the village.
She is also studying English in the evenings through a scholarship supported by VBC, to increase her level so she can continue university studies. In her free time she likes to read books, listen to music, visit her parents, hang out with friends 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.