Bringing education, health and hope to the people in the Prey Chrouk Commune of Cambodia
My Happy Village Cambodia Organization is a fully registered and legal NGO operating in Siem Reap Provence in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
As an organization, we do not receive any funding from other established charities or the Government of Cambodia.
We rely on the generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers to function on a daily basis and provide monies for our Capital projects. We make every opportunity as an organization to financially support ourselves where and when possible with our aim to provide an increased percentage of funding through our own efforts year on year.
My name Oep Oann, call me Oann (Mr.), I was born on 05-April-1976 in the remote area of Svay Chanto village, Prey Chouk Commune, Puok District, Siem Reap province. My parents were farmers.
With encouragement of my parents I completed high school and gained a Batchelor of General Management and a Master of Public Administration. I have completed an International Leadership Course in Nagoya, Japan.
I have over 15 year’s experience with Local and International Organizations. I started my working career as a volunteer educator dealing with the problems of HIV/AIDS. I progressed to a full time staff position and gained recognition that propelled me to leadership and management levels. My employments have included time with Medecin San Frontier – Belgium, reproductive health organisations in Cambodia (RACHA and RHAC) and other social and sustainable community organisations.
I am currently employed as a progamme manager with Habitat for Humanity International-Cambodia (HFHC) an organsation committed to providing safe, affordable housing for poor families.
All my appointments have involved aspects of sustainable community advancement where I have exercised my skills of management, development, facilitation, networking, training and the promotion of moral,ethical values and peaceful existence.
My national language is Khmer. I am competent in English, and my French is usable.
I was born in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 3rd April 1989.
It has been difficult for me to balance the demands of life, study and work. Both of my parents died by the time I was three years old and I became an orphan. Fortunately I was supported by my grandparents, aunts and uncles until I graduated from university. At university I majored in English Literature.The course also included Cultural Studies, Communication Studies (study of business), Core English and Writing Process for the first three years. In year four the main target subjects included Teaching Methodology, Report Writing and Foundation of Education. Outside of university I have also taken courses in Community Development, Health Care training, Reproductive Health, Strategic Plan, Computer, Centralization and Decentralization, Social Work, Hotel and Tourism and SPSS. I continue to take other courses to improve myself.
Whilst at university I worked to support myself. I was a part time adult English teacher in Reaksmey Phnom Penh Center. Then I became a supervisor at The Pizza Company. Afterwards a volunteer for MEDiCAM organization, and then worked as an English teacher with the International School Of Cambodia (ISOC).
I recognize that only further education can bring me, and others like me, the bright future that we strive for. I realise that the opportunities given by Non-government organizations like ours, is a place where the vulnerable children from poor families can be helped and supported. I hope that the skills, abilities and knowledge that I have aquired will help motivate me to improve the education and lives of Cambodian impoverish kids, who have had similar lives as mine in this rural commune about 40 km from the city of Siem Reap.
Robert (born 1950) Sponsor and Programme Manager. Married to Amanda (born 1961) Sponsor. They have 4 children aged between 44 years and 32 years.
They are both British, now retired and residing in Spain since 2004.
Both have worked in and been associated with NGO’s in Cambodia since 2009.
Before retirement Robert had several diverse occupations including: Police Inspector (21 years); Organic sheep and cattle farmer in Wales (17 years). He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Agricultural and animal science. He has used this qualification to advise on permaculture and organic practice within Cambodia. He teaches English at MHV Cambodia.
Amanda is a textile artist. She teaches textile and craft work to adults and children both in Cambodia and Spain. She also acts as a teaching assistant of English and is the Events coordinator in Spain.
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