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.
Sinn sees 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. 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. 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. Rorm’s education has been sponsored by another NGO since 2011 and this year he decided to become a working student so he can support his family. Rorm comes from a poor background in rural Cambodia and can relate to the 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 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. 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.
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 firs 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.
Sarena joined the VBC team in May 2018, taking up the challenging role of Volunteer Coordinator. She has always wanted to work for an NGO (non government organisation) in order to help her own people. She loves meeting new people from around the world and learning new things everyday. Sarena lived in India from the age of 13 to 17, which has shaped her view of the world and expanded her experiences. Before joining VBC she worked for Angkor National Museum as the secretary to the managing director and the sales coordinator. Sarena is adventurous and outgoing and loves having new experinences. But she has a quiet side and in her free time she loves to read, listen to music and draw - she is a talented artist. She also enjoys walking and swimming.
Community Centre manager
La is passionate about educating rural students to ensure they have employment opportunities in the future. He is full of enthusiasm and aims to maintain our community centre's high attendance rate. He believes educating students will help develop the entire community as the students share their knowledge with family, friends and neighbours. La brings years of teaching experience to the centre and is a positive mentor for our teachers.
Community Centre 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 South East Asia 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 new role. She is a role model to young girls in the village, who can see it is possible to get an education.