In Memoriam



Rathana Nn


Rathana Nn established the very first, one-classroom school just outside of Wat Thmey in 2005. It was his dream to have a big school one day to give some of Siem Reap's poorest children a future that would not depend on begging.

To anyone who helped him, he would always say “thank you from the bottom of my heart” with the greatest sincerity and gratitude. In 2008, his dream finally came true, and many people have become a part of it.

Rathana tragically passed away in a car accident on April 2, 2007, but his memory lives on among us.



Mr Meng

Our dear friend and Assistant Director, Mr Meng, passed away on March 23, 2008.


A bright, gentle and talented young man, Mr Meng's compassion for the children and the school were matched by his dedication to assist Mr Togh.


His warm smile lit up the lives of all of us who had the pleasure to know him and will always be remembered.




Our Team Profiles


       

Tonh Mein (Togh Main)

VDCA Director

     Togh is the co-founder and Director of VDCA. A former monk, he established the first VDCA school under a house in the Wat Thmei community, with his friend and fellow monk, Rathana. After Rathana's passing, Togh dedicated his life to continuing their mission to provide life-changing education to better the lives of underprivileged children in the Siem Reap area.

     Due to Togh's hard work, and the generous support from friends and donors worldwide, VDCA has continued to grow and prosper. VDCA expanded our programs to the rural area at Togh's home village, where we now have another free school, nursery school, feeding program, housing program, vocational sewing program and micro-loan programs. Togh is always thinking of ways to help those in need and is currently working on an elderly care program. Click here to see more about Togh's background. 

  His Mission: My life’s work is to share the love and support that I have received from friends and family to support the world. I am very lucky and proud to have international friends and family, who love and trust me. I am happy with living an honest life and making a difference in the world. 




VDCA Free School - Siem Reap



Pet Sophea

 Assistant Manager

Sophea is a warm, kind professional dedicated to aiding impoverished Khmer children and families. He also interacts regularly with both local and western guests.

He graduated University in 2014 with a degree in Project Management and was proudly sponsored by our school supporter, Vicki Langley and family (Australia).



Phy Rady

Administrator 

Rady is responsible for supporting our students, and their families, while they attend our free school. He monitors student's attendance and behaviour and provides friendly guidance for them. He works closely with our Director, and with local authorities, to deal with any issues, we may encounter. Rady also supervises our children's sponsorship programs.



Mr. Som

English Teacher 



Mr. Roy

Security and Environmental Maintenance

Mr. Roy maintains a clean and safe environment for our students. He is friendly and kind and is also very helpful with our free school program. 




Anlung Pi Free School Staff



Men Bunhak

Branch Manager

Bunhak is responsible for supporting our staff, volunteers, students and their families, while they attend our free school at Anlung Pi. He monitors student's attendance and behaviour and provides friendly guidance for them. He works closely with our Director, and with local authorities, to deal with any issues, we may encounter.




Lok Salun

English Teacher

Salun was born in Anlung Pi Village. Her father died many years ago and she is the eldest of three children. While Salun was in High School she was sent to live with her aunt as her mother couldn't afford to send her to school. When she graduated High School, Salun wanted to work with us to help the people of her village. She trained as a teacher at VDCA and is now employed and supported by us to attend University.

Salun is a very competent teacher and a warm and lovely young woman. Despite working hard, Salun needs assistance with her University fees and we highly recommend her for sponsorship. We would like to see her achieve her goal of graduating and any support toward her tuition would be gratefully appreciated. 




Mr. Thea

EnglishTeacher





Pat Sokung

Sewing Teacher

Sokung was born in Anlung Pi Village. She is lovely, young woman and enthusiastic worker who is sharing her knowledge with the rural children of the village. Our sewing project aims to give young women vocational skills and create goods for sale to support their families. 

We wish to send Sokung to professional sewing lessons to further her technical skills, which she would use to enhance our sewing project. Any support toward professional sewing lessons would be very much appreciated, which would give Sokung, and other young women of the village, more opportunities for their future.




Anlung Pi Nursery School and Building Project (B.T.I.C)



Miss Chanrey

Nursery Teacher

      

     



 Teacher





Loy Sinoun

School Mother

Sinoun was a rubbish collector at Anlung Pi’s dump. She and her family moved to our housing community (BTIC) in 2013. She is very willing worker and is building a better future for her children and herself.

Sinoun is now working at our Nursery School taking care of the children. She knows a little English as she used to work as a Health Educator before she worked at the rubbish dump.