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.
Sinn’s junior high school was 25 kilometres from his home and he would wake early to get there. Without his own bike to ride he often had to get a lift on the back of someone else’s bike. Eventually this became too difficult to organise and he stopped going to school. When he wasn’t studying he worked in the rice fields or went fishing in his village. He spent two years living with the monks at a pagoda before moving to Phnom Penh where he decided a career in construction would help him out of poverty. He learnt many aspects of the construction industry and eventually was in charge of construction of a four-star hotel in Siem Reap.
He took charge of volunteer building projects for another organisation before starting Volunteer Building Cambodia in 2014. Sinn is an ideas man and his innovative, forward-thinking attitude has seen VBC grow from strength-to-strength. Under his guidance the organisation has built more than 100 houses for Cambodians in need. In November 2016 the organisation opened a community centre and warehouse to provide education and skills for villagers.
Sinn is married and together with his wife, Nareth, they run a successful tourism business. They welcomed their first child in February 2017.
Sinn has a vision for a sustainable future where his people are able to take care of themselves, and in turn help others.
Rorm joined VBC in June 2017 to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. After six months in this role he stepped into the social worker position. It has brought new challenges and he is starting to bring greater depth to this role and VBC's interaction with the community. His fun-loving nature and ability to mix and communicate well with people has ensured he is a popular member of 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. While Rorm works fulltime for VBC, he is also studying business administration at university at night. He is one one of five children and the only one in his family to get a university education. Like many of our team, Rorm can relate to the situations of families that VBC helps. He is passionate about helping people and helping his society and wants to make a difference to those who need it.
Our much-loved builder, Bunthoeun, is a true Mean Machine when it comes to getting the job done. He has been with VBC since the organisation started in 2014. Prior to joining VBC, he made and sold sugar cane juice. Bunthoeun has a happy-go-lucky nature with a great sense of humour and loves to joke with volunteers. He is devoted to his wife and three daughters and works hard to support them and to put his girls through school. You can't help but love and respect this humble man.
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. Det gave up university so he could supplement his family’s income. He works three jobs to support his wife, baby daughter and his extended family.
Bunthorn, or Thorn for short, joined VBC in July 2016. He is a fast learner and hard worker with a good grasp of English. Thorn grew up in an orphanage near Siem Reap from the age of 12 to 17, where he learnt English from the volunteers. He is a great fit for VBC and has grown into his building role, taking on increasing responsibility and often leading house builds and directing volunteers. He is easy-going and patient and gets along well with his team and the volunteers. 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.
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 to learn new things. Dalin is in her second year of university, studying business administration at night. She is the first one in her family to attend university. Before joining VBC she worked as the library assistant supervisor at Pannasastra University for two years. She has also been active in the community and volunteers as an event organisor, a translator and a teacher for a number of events and organisations. Dalin is fun-loving and bubbly and in her free time she likes to read books, listen to music or volunteer.
Kanha 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 acting head teacher
Lyhong grew up in a village about 50 kilometres east of Siem Reap. Despite the challenges that see many rural girls drop out of school early, Lyhong graduated from high school and is studying at Build Bright University in Siem Reap. She loves children and teaching and hopes to graduate from university with a qualification enabling her to teach all levels of English. She joined our teaching team in late 2016 and loves her job. She is a role model to young girls in the village, who can see it is possible to get an education. She loves being a teacher because she wants to help people and change their lives.
Community Centre teacher
Likik 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.
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. 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.
Barang 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.
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 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.