who we are
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 Lead Team
Solaid staff (above): Mr. Phan, Ms. Sina, Mr. Sarin and Ms. Channy
Teachers and Board
Ke Mom, fifth grade, Boeung Preah School
Mey Koan, third grade, Boueng Preah school
Hout Sandy, second grade, Boeung Preah School
Pun Thea, 1st grade, BP
Cheav Lyseang, Moat Peam teachers
Mom, Moat Peam
Chiv Chanvannary, 4th grade, Boeung Preah
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.
Dr Steve President
Steve founded Solaid in 2008 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 studied medicine in Ireland, International Health and Development at Tulane, and Tropical Medicine in London, but these days mostly find him raising 3 young children in the US.
Gwenola Caradec education coordinator
Gwenola has been with the Solaid program from its beginnings as a small language school in Kampot. She now helps direct our education program, which expanded from language to remedial programs, and now also seeks to guide gifted students to higher education. Throughout she has attempted to convey her lifelong love of learning as well as conveying the pressing need for more environmental awareness in a rapidly changing world.
Christian Calma Board Treasurer
Originally from California, Christian attended medical school at Creighton University, and is now an OBGYN resident physician at the Univ of Iowa. Before starting med school, Christian pursued a public health project in India, which instilled in him a passion for global healthcare and preventive medicine. Since then, he has led groups of medical students to volunteer in Peru and Cambodia (with Solaid). “Throughout my travels, I’ve seen that there is so much potential in even the most impoverished communities. To push forward, these communities need not just better healthcare, but also improved infrastructure and access to education, things that Solaid can influence.”
Mark Sheeran 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.
Peter Heng Vice-president
Peter is from Colorado and is currently in a Family Medicine residency program there. He previously attended Creighton Univ med school, at which time he 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, has given me the opportunity to succeed. 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."