Meet the VBC team
Founder | Managing Director
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.
Senior Project Officer
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.
From his previous working experience, Seab has always been a responsible driver. As a local, Seab is always keen to help anyone as much as he can; therefore he decided to join VBC in October 2019 so that he could get more involved with community work. “I love VBC and love working with generous volunteers from around the globe.” – He added. Being a responsible man for his family Seab also wants to have his own business of opening a small restaurant. When he is free from working, he likes spending time with his family, growing some vegetables and taking care of his small chicken farm. He also loves singing sometimes.
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.
As a former building manager at Sea Property company, Samnieng joined our team on January, 2020. Like many of our staff, he is passionate about helping less fortunate, therefore, through VBC, he believes that his work will be able to contribute towards the community. Besides working for the community, he is also passionate about researching agriculture information to set up in his village. Fishing, cycling and meeting with friends are his favorite things to do in his free time. His future plan is to open a small farm which provides agriculture programs to farmers.
Admin & HR
Sreyneang joined VBC in November, 2019. Prior to VBC, she used to work at Pannasastra University in Siem Reap as a Human Resource Assistant. Working at the university, she gained a lot of experience and has also improved her English. With a passion to help less fortunate people who live in rural area is also one of the reasons why she joined our team. She also finds working with volunteers from different countries is also beneficial for her growth. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and new people. She also likes listening to music and reading book. In the future, she wants to travel around the world to explore new places.
Sear Ey Seung
“The reason why I joined VBCCC is because I love working in NGOs and enjoy teaching English those who can’t afford to study English.” – said Seung who joined VBCCC on January 2020. Teaching English has always been Seung’s favorite job according to her previous working experience. During her free time, she sometimes reads books and go out with friends. To become a better teacher, Seung wants to finish Master degree.
Gardiner & Security
Prior to VBCCC, Pheab was a construction worker, however it was not consistent. Pheab is also one of our families who we built a house for her family a while ago. She joined VBCCC in February, 2020 as she wants to be able to learn how to read Khmer and English. She also loves environment and planting; therefore, she wants to contribute her skill to our NGO as a gardener to earn more income to support her family. Besides working, she likes growing vegetables, planting flowers and doing some house work.
Senior Social Worker
“Being the 6th child out of eight children in her family, Sreylin is originally from Siem Reap and is the only child to graduate from a university with a scholarship. As a passionate person, she is always keen to giving back and community work. In 2008, from working as a teacher, a program coordinator and as a board advisor, her previous work was all involved with 4 different NGOs as she wanted to help everyone in need as much as she could. This time, with the same reason, Sreylin decided to join us on January 2020 and looking to extend her passion with VBC. Sreylin also enjoys doing housework, reading news and seeing family and friends in her free time. Her future plan is to finish a master degree in Management (MBA).”
Volunteer Coordinator & Admin Assistant
Knowing our NGO through working as customer care for a tour Company in Siem Reap, has led Nika know our NGO while performing her duty and taking care of a volunteer group who came to volunteer with us. She then decided to join our team in August 2019. “I love what VBC does, therefore I would love to have a chance to get involved in improving our community.” – she added. Aside from working Nika is also taking an English class Pannasastra university. She also would listen to music, spend time with family, reading fiction and does exercises in her free time. She also dreams of having adventurous life to allow herself to explore and learn new things while being able to still work for improvements in her community.