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Nak Shen

Nak has been a member of the Cambodia Rural School Trust NGO for six years and is a student at Pannasastra University Cambodia (PUC) studying International Relations. He is a long-term member of our Leadership team and has held the position of NGO Manager for 4 years before taking on the role of General Manager of the NGO’s educational-social-enterprise, Project Y. Nak volunteers regularly to help the less fortunate in
society and has a mentoring role for all the NGO students, assisting them with education, family, social and general life issues.

“My parents are rice farmers and in my country it is usual for children to follow in the footsteps of their parents...But I was determined to work and study hard and make a better opportunity for myself and my family. I have had amazing opportunities with CRST and I am looking forward to sharing stories of myself and the NGO on my trip to the US. I’m also very excited about learning so much new information to bring back to Cambodia to share with my community and other students.”   Nak says.
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SOMPEAS SOKH

Sompeas has been a member of the Cambodia Rural School trust NGO for three years and is a student at
Pannasastra University Cambodia (PUC) studying International Relations. As a member of the Student
Leadership Team, Sompeas’ role includes NGO Marketing Manager and she previously held Finance, Production and HR roles in Project Y, the NGO’s educational-social-enterprise.

Whilst she has encountered numerous set-backs in life, she has persevered and excelled in her studies and is now a role model for our NGO students, especially our female students.

“I have always fought against Cambodian culture, which says women should be submissive housewives and men should be leaders and decision makers. I believe men and women are equal and I believe education will provide girls with the knowledge to believe this and the skills to enable them to follow their dreams, have amazing careers and be greater contributors to society, I’m proud that our NGO has a strong focus on educating girls, especially rural girls, who often drop out of school before finishing primary school and are locked into poverty from an early age. The special thing about this trip is that I can share my voice and bringing back many ideas thatwill inspire other girls to be adventurous and ambitious, while also expanding how I see things in my small world.”   Sompeas says.
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SRENG SOKH

Sreng has been a member of the Cambodia Rural School Trust NGO for four years and is a student at Pannasastra University Cambodia (PUC) studying Business Administration. As a member of our Student Leadership Team, Sreng’s role includes NGO Manager. Previous roles Sreng held in the NGO included NGO Volunteer English Teacher, NGO Assistant Manager and Project Y General Manager.
His priorities have always been his family, other members of the NGO and society. Sreng shares many of his
learnings with other members of the NGO and inspires them to follow in his footsteps and always apply their
best to their studies, NGO activities and social work.

“I have a passion for business but the opportunities in Cambodia are so limited and I am excited
about gaining new ideas from inspiring and successful people in the US, I think this travel experience will open my eyes to so many new experiences and I am looking forward to seeing how things work in a developed country. I am also looking forward to sharing my life story and the work we do at CRST and hopefully inspire more people to join our journey to break the poverty cycle and empower young Cambodians to have a better future,”
  Sreng says.