Interview with Community Hero Ravy Vang

Ravy Vang is Community Hero in Chreav, Cambodia
This March, we opened our 7th learning center in Cambodia. Ravy Vang is Community Hero and responsible for the learning center’s activities and services. In this interview we introduce.

Ravy, who are you?
My name is Ravy Vang. I am 36 years old. I am married and I have 3 children, all boys. I am the director of Salariin and the new head of Chreav learning center. My wife is a cook, she runs a small local restaurant.

Why did you decide to apply at BOOKBRIDGE as Community Hero?
After having difficulties in doing fundraising for my NGO – Salariin Kampuchea (which means School of Cambodia) in 2016, we had no more operating budget beside the remaining reserve fund for the NGO. I then thought of converting the NGO’s programs to a social enterprise but it was just my in mind that time. Then I heard about BOOKBRIDGE which aims at supporting and empowering local entrepreneurs. My NGO’s Board of Director agreed with my idea of running a social enterprise with the existing education program, so I decided to apply for becoming a BOOKBRIDGE Community Hero and I was selected and later together with CAP9 team successfully won an investment to realize my dream.

Which offerings do you plan for your learning center?
With the business plan prepared by BOOKBRIDGE’s 9th Capability Program team, my learning center will offer the following services: English program, kindergarten, IT courses, Chinese classes, daycare service, hospitality and community library.

Looking back at your preparations for the opening of the learning center, what was the most difficult challenge?
It was the first time for me to organize and celebrate an official ceremony for the opening of my learning center. So we felt very concerned about how to arrange and organize the process of the opening ceremony, properly welcome guests and honored guest as well as how to prepare my welcome speech.

What will be the most important tasks for your first week as a Community Hero?
The most important tasks are to set up and organize the main tasks assigned to me and the team members and get feedback from the team integrated to improve our business plan and implement it in reality.

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