The PEPY Empowering Youth team believes that successful and sustainable programs can only happen when local leadership is the driving force behind program development. All of the PEPY Empowering Youth management team and Board of Directors are based in Cambodia, which means decisions are made on the ground, with Cambodian leadership driving program development.
Sarakk Rith – Executive Director
Sarakk started as PEPY’s English Teacher before becoming a Senior Program Manager and then Executive Director, a position he has held since 2015. Sarakk is enthusiastic about improving the quality of education in Cambodia, especially giving young people the opportunity to grow their potential. When he was young, he faced a lot of challenges in getting education, so he wants to make sure that other students won’t face the same situation as he did.
Sarakk has been involved with a wide array of trainings, educational initiatives, and conferences throughout Cambodia, as well as in the USA, Ireland, Vietnam, and Laos. Sarakk finished his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Build Bright University in early 2016.
Kimsru Duth – Program Manager
Kimsru has been working with PEPY for four years. As Program Manager, Kimsru is very lucky to work with a very passionate team to empower young Cambodians and inspire them to dream big and become role models in their communities.
Kimsru was selected to join Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program in Montana and Washington D.C, USA, the YSEALI Submit in Malaysia and YSEALI TIES in Thailand, as well as joining panel discussion with the Obama Foundation in Singapore. She met with many young emerging leaders from all around the world to discuss about common challenges and proposed sustainable solutions.
Kimsru received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh), and her master’s in International Development, Environment and Conflict from Dublin City University in Ireland.
Konnitha Sien – Finance and Admin Manager
Konnitha graduated with a Bachelor degree in Finance and Banking at University of South East Asia in Siem Reap Province. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting.
She has been working with PEPY Empowering Youth for over 7 years in the Finance and Accounting Department and 3 years in Administration Department, and is also part of PEPY’s Management Team.
Kaia Smith – Communications & Public Relations Manager
She received her master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Inequalities and Social Science.
Sokpheaktra Thy – Accounting Assistant
Sokpheaktra’s parents are farmers, and they are from Kralanh. They have worked hard to earn money to support their children and their education. Sokpheaktra received a scholarship from PEPY in 2013 to study Accounting at Vanda Institute Siem Reap, which she continues to pursue while working at PEPY.
“I’d like to give a million thanks to myself, my parents, relatives, PEPY, and friends who have supported me. I wouldn’t be here without everyone’s support.”
Sokhum Khik – Cleaner
Sokhum lives in a village about 5 Km from Siem Reap town with 5 other family members. Due to the war in Cambodia she only studied until grade 3. However, she can read and write in Khmer very well. She was married at the age of 30 and has two sons and one daughter. She and her husband are working hard to financially support their children, “because I think only education can help my children have bright futures,” she says. She has been working as PEPY’s cleaner since 2014.
Savoeng is one of PEPY’s former scholarship students. As PEPY’s Dream Management Project Coordinator, Savoeng’s responsibilities include Dream Management planning and provision in Kralanh High School, Kralanh District, and also supporting the new Dream Project Officer in 28 January High School, Srei Snam District.
Savoeng graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management from Build Bright University (BBU), Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Dena By – Dream Management Project Officer
Dena’s responsibility as Dream Project Officer are, to her, an opportunity to change her own life and to help the people around her improve through education. She spends a lot of time visiting her students’ communities and homes in order to raise awareness of PEPY’s activities and to be aware of students’ contexts; she finds this very useful to learn more and to push parents to value and invest their support in education.
Dena finished her bachelor’s degree at Vanda Institute in Accounting.
25-year-old Channa has two years of colorful experience working at PEPY Empowering Youth as a Scholarship Project Officer. His responsibilities are to select scholarship students, register them to study at universities or vocational trainings, and monitor and support scholars to live in a safe environment; he also provides soft-skill classes at PEPY’s Learning Center.
Channa’s dream is to see his community grow. It pushes Channa to work harder at PEPY in order to contribute to young people having similar opportunities as him.
Kim Ann Khlang – Scholarship Project Assistant
Kim Ann is originally from a farming family in Kralanh, Siem Reap province. She is the youngest child and the only one who was able to pursue higher education through PEPY’s Scholarship Program.
“I feel satisfied with my job because I have chance to work with youth from my community and from similar backgrounds. They all are very creative, intelligent, energetic and hilarious. I learned so many things from my job. I am looking for learning opportunities to develop my ability and skills to move PEPY forward.”
She is pursuing a Tourism Management Degree at Build Bright University. In the future, she hopes to pursue her master’s degree abroad.
Manin Oem – ICT and IT Coordinator
Manin joined PEPY in November 2012 where he used his IT skills to support the Communications Department and facilitated ICT lessons to PEPY Scholarship students with his knowledge about computers. He is proud to help younger generations to improve their technological capacities and help them get skilled jobs.
He has his bachelor’s in Computer Science, and is currently studying for a master’s degree in General Management at the University of South East-Asia.
Chhunnay is from Kralanh (around 60 km from Siem Reap). He moved to Siem Reap in 2016 as a PEPY scholarship student to study law at the University of South-East Asia.
Chhunnay is very excited about his opportunity to have this job because he can use his skills to support Cambodian youth, and he hopes that he can help his community to increase its educational and technological capacities in the future. Although his major is different than his current field of work, he finds ways to connect the subjects and enjoy his work.
Soury was a PEPY scholarship student in 2014, and has been PEPY’s English Teacher since 2017. “PEPY students motivate me to work hard and develop effective methods to maximize learning and motivation,” she said.
Board of Directors:
Nuch Kimline– Board Chair
Awatd – Vice Chair
Sopheap Doung – Treasurer