At Anjali, we support women and girls to reach their goals. One way we do this is through hiring and training women staff. Our team includes six women who are dedicated to the education of our young students. Let’s meet them!
Simon is our executive director. Before she came to Anjali, she was a teacher at different schools and NGOs while she trained to work in hospitality. “When I started to work at Anjali, I fell in love with the work I was doing. I had a very good connection with the children and the parents. With my work, I feel very useful, and I could see the change in our children and families – they were more confident.” After working as a teacher and social worker at Anjali, she became executive director in 2015. “I wasn’t confident about my new role. The board members coached me and gave me a lot of advice. Now I am comfortable enough to do my job. I want to help Anjali to grow and support all the staff and the volunteers on the work we are doing every day. During all these years, I have seen the evolution of our NGO and taken part in our program change. I always support women’s empowerment and work for equality between men and women.”
Sophany, our program manager, has worked at a variety of private schools and NGOs. She has previously served as Anjali’s head teacher and young adult coordinator. She is interested in metaphysics and one day hopes to open her own school. She is committed to gender equality: “I hope and believe that women and girls everywhere deserve equal rights and acquire good fortune. They should be well protected. Anjali has worked with many partners in order to increase schoolgirls’ capacity and their mothers to drive change. ”
Our cleaner, Prak Pov, has been a part of our family for eleven years. “Before I worked at Anjali, I was a seller. It was very hard for me to earn money and to manage my family. For this reason, I decided to stop being a seller and come to work at Anjali. At Anjali, I clean the classrooms, offices, and bathrooms. I also collect the rubbish and bring it outside. Anjali offered me a good job and really supports girls and women. They do their best to ensure gender equity and equality within the team or the children. I am very proud to work at Anjali.”
Thorn has been our cooker for eight years. She is now our new security guard. “I thank Anjali for offering me a nice job and providing a university scholarship for my child. I’m proud to work at Anjali House. We help girls by giving them access to education and good jobs.”
Sophim is one of our newest staff members and she is still finishing her university degree. She is now studying Tourism and Hospitality Management at University of South East Asia, in year two. Before she came to Anjali, she graduated from PEPY Empowering Youth’s Learning Center as a scholarship student where she studied English, computer and youth empowerment. She is the librarian of our new community library. “Anjali is a good place for women’s empowerment. For instance, a lot of staff members are women, like Simon, our current director. I hope I will learn a lot from my coworkers and the children!”
Srey Neav is our new Kindergarten teacher. She is 19 years old and finishing her English degree at Pannasastra University. “I always wanted to work in an NGO, and I dreamed of becoming an English teacher. I hope that with this experience I will provide the children with my knowledge and learn a lot from the workshops and the staff training. I applied to work here because I agreed with Anjali’s mission and vision. Anjali helps students achieve their goals and reach their dreams. When I applied to work at Anjali, I was excited because the director and program manager told me they want to give opportunities to every woman and girl to work when they have a strong commitment and want to improve their financial situation.”