Education First Cambodia's Cambodian team is an invaluable part of our program and integral to EFC's success. Our mentor-managers manage the project's day-to-day activities, provide leadership and career skills training, and serve as mentors to the students. Our computer teachers skillfully move the students from computer illiteracy to proficiency in all major software products. Volunteer native speakers of English tutor the students and build their English speaking skills.
Savry Heng: Mentor-Manager
Savry started out much like the Women Scholars helped by Education First Cambodia -- she was raised in a poor rural family and came alone to Phnom Penh to attend university. But Savry was able to thrive, getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and then a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from University of Lille. Savry also received extensive leadership training while an undergraduate.
Savry is now a Certified Public Accountant working for the Clinton Global Health Initiative, and serves as its Finance and Human Resources Administrator in Cambodia. Savry is an excellent role model for the Women Scholars.
Marady Kith: Mentor-Manager
Marady also grew up poor, but she was dedicated to her education and secured Bachelor's degrees in both Law and English Teaching from Cambodian universities. She then studied at Bowdoin College in Maine for one year, next studied human rights in Sweden for a few months, and is now completing a Master's Degree in Human Rights.
Marady previously worked in a law firm and is currently the Head of Compliance at First Investment Specialized Bank. Like our other mentor-managers, Marady has extensive experience in leadership training and critical thinking.
Raksmey Suon: Mentor-Manager
Like other many Cambodian women, Raksmey had to overcome significant challenges to get an education. Despite those challenged, she graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Biology. Next, she spent a year at Bard College in the U.S. as a Harpswell Foundation U.S. Scholar. She then returned to Cambodia and received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Build Bright University in Siem Reap, before getting her Master's Degree in Educational Studies in Hong Kong.
Raksmey has years of experience working in the education field, and is currently also a Dormitory and Program Manager of the Harpswell Foundation.
Somalay Koh: Mentor-Manager
Somalay was one of the first 12 students accepted into Education First Cambodia in 2015. In 2018, she graduated the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. Also in 2018, Somalay was one of only four Cambodian students awarded the Honda Motor Company scholarship for young scientists. She then worked for a French environmental organization while also obtaining a Master's Degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. Somalay is now receiving teacher training at the National Institute of Education.
Somalay has served as Manager of the Education First Cambodia dormitory since March 2019, and as a Mentor-Manager since August 2019.
Sambath Mom: Computer teacher
Sambath has extensive computer skills and is trained in numerous computer languages, frameworks, databases, tools and design patterns. She currently works as a Senior API Developer, and has been certified in App Development with Java (Advanced) and Web Development. Nonetheless, Sambath is also able to train EFC’s students, some of whom join EFC with extremely limited computer literacy, with the skills they need to succeed both at university and in their future careers.
Sambath received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, earning a near-perfect Grade Point Average.
Sreyphorn joined Education First Cambodia as part of its second intake of students in 2016. In 2019, she graduated the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business Management. Sreyphorn then won a full scholarship to pursue her Master's Degree in International Business at Beijing Foreign Studies University, but has had to study remotely because of Covid-19.
Sreyphorn has been the Assistant Manager of the Education First Cambodia dormitory since 2021.