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.
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)
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
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).
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.