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"Every man is guilty

of all the good 

he didn’t 

do."

~Voltaire

Background

Starting an organization such as Solaid International has been a goal of ours for a  number of years.  Extensive travel throughout much of the developing world has exposed us to some harsh reality, and has been the primary motivation in taking proactive steps to rectify this situation.  Thus, Solaid was created.  The goals of our organization, though relatively modest, have the potential to greatly affect many lives in a solid, positive fashion.  Our organization is largely motivated by the simple notion that providing aid to other people can enrich the lives of all concerned. 

 

The Team


Solaid staff: Mr. Phan, Ms. Sina, and Mr. Sarin.

 

Teachers

Ke Mom, fifth grade, Boeung Preah School
Mey Koan, third grade, Boueng Preah school

Hout Sandy, second grade, Boeung Preah School











 

Chiv Chanvannary, 4th grade, Boeung Preah
   Pun Thea, 1st grade, BP
       Kong Channy, Moat Peam


Cheav Lyseang (L) and Pot Mom, Moat Peam teachers


Steven Andrew Budd, MD, MPH

     President; Medical Coordinator 


Steve founded Solaid in 2007 as a means for propagating his long-held belief that a world that provides adequate health and education is a better place for everyone.  He has spent a total of seven years living in the developing world, which includes travel to over 100 countries.  He studied Medicine in Ireland, International Health in New Orleans, and Tropical Medicine in London.



Peter Heng

     Vice-president


Peter is from Colorado and is currently a medical student at Creighton Univ who has volunteered with Solaid in Kampot.  His mother and father both lived through the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.  From Peter: "Both of my parents experienced many hardships and horrors from the labor camps to witnessing loved ones being executed.  They often told me the stories of their experiences and suffering, and I realize that this past, along with their hard work once in the US, has given me the opportunity to succeed in my endeavors.  My parents experienced what it is like to be without hope, so by working with Solaid I hope to help the people in Cambodia who may be feeling as my parents once did."


Mark Sheeran

     Board Secretary; Scholarship Coordinator


Mark is a teacher of French in the Boston area who has taken groups of his students out to Kampot to volunteer with Solaid on a number of occasions. Seeing the great need in the area, Mark was compelled to establish a scholarship fund to assist academically promising students to continue with their education throughout high school and, hopefully, beyond.




 Edward Maldonado

      Board Treasurer


 Eddie is currently a medical student at Creighton. He led a  Project CURA trip to Cambodia in 2013. During that time,  he was intrigued by Cambodia’s tumultuous history and  was greatly impacted by his service-learning experience  there. He especially appreciated the people of Cambodia,  as they were all very welcoming. He strives to immerse  myself in projects and groups that help underserved and  minority populations. "My time spent in Cambodia has  opened my eyes with regards to how medicine can help address local community needs through healthcare, education, and development."



Gwenola Caradec

    Education

Gwenola was previously the main teacher at our language school in Cambodia.  She comes from Bretagne, France, and is fluent in four languages.  She has a Master's degree in language teaching, and a PhD in French literature.  Gwenola seeks to inspire her students with a love for education that she has had since childhood.

 



Son Sovath

     Primary School Director

Son Sovath is the director of one of the schools in which Solaid operates, a position he has held for the past three years.  Before this he was a primary school teacher in the area for nine years.  He is originally from a nearby village, is married, and has three children.





Teng Sok

     Primary School Director

Sok directs one of the 'newer' of the Solaid schools, and is also a full-time teacher there.  Up until recently this school (and village) were only accessible via canoe, but a new bridge has now been completed.


 

 

 

  

And, lastly, a special mention must be made of Jean-Yves, our "voluntaire extraordinaire", as the program could not run without his oversight.  Originally from France but a resident of Cambodia for over 15 years, he is married and is raising four children in Kampot.  His past experience of many years working with a German aid organization in Cambodia has been vital to the launching of the Solaid project.