BSDA is a Cambodian run NGO, established in 2005 in response to criticism from the villagers around the Wat Nokor Bachey temple west of Kampong Cham City. The community felt that the monks would preach altruism in theory but hardly ever practice it. Deeply hurt, seven Monks founded the organization, financing it privately throughout the first three years until their work was noticed and international donors started to provide funding. BSDA’s programs cover a large scope, including education and vocational training for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Community and democracy development and work with Drug users and the HIV/Aids infected. Although being monk-led and inspired by Buddhist philosophy, BSDA maintains religious neutrality and strives to better the dialogue between religious groups in Cambodia, employing Buddhists, Christians and Muslims alike. All projects have the secondary aim of teaching good ethics to the participants and encouraging them to contribute as well, creating a peer support system in which ex-beneficiaries help those in their former situation.
– It was approved by the Ministry of Interior under No. 612.S.C.N.-
BSDA is a community-based organization founded on the Buddhist principles of Metta to empower vulnerable people and to promote compassionate engagement in Social and Economic Development to contribute to the eradication of avoidable suffering.
BSDA envisions a society where people are empowered to live independently and have livelihood security.
BSDA’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of vulnerable people, especially women, children and youth, through education, health and livelihood development initiatives, in partnership with others.
Rooted in the Buddhist teachings of Mettā practice , BSDA adheres to and promotes the following values:
BSDA was founded in 2005 by seven Buddhist monks. Today, it has more than 60 staffs, 100 community volunteers and over 21000 beneficiaries in five provinces (1.Kampong Cham, 2.Tbong Khmom, 3.Kampong Chhnang, 4.Pursat, 5.Koh Kong).
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Currently Chief of Party for World Education, managing a project funded by USAID known as the Improved Basic Education in Cambodia Project or IBEC.
She joined the Gender and Development of Cambodia first as a Regional Manager in 2012 and became Program Manager in 2014.
Nowadays, Ratana is Program Coordinator for “Life with Dignity”.
Isaac was previously the Senior Regional Programme Officer for Aide et Action (East, Southeast Asia) and a lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, teaching Social Enterprise and Non Profit Management.
Over 12 years’ experience working in Cambodia’s education system, including 6 years working for Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE), Cambodia’s largest education NGO.
In 2010, he became the Founder and Board of Director of Transparency International Cambodia. In 2008, Vandong chairs the Civil Society Network Against Child Labour Organization.
Vannra is working with BSDA for several years, first as a Project Officer. Then he heads the Angkor School Centre, taught english, work as a Technical Support Staff and Project Coordinator…
Kimseng was a monk during 15 years. As a volunteer, he taught english for several years at BSDA. In 2008, he works with World Relieve Cambodia as a District Facilitator in Health department for 1 year.
Sokhoeun was a monk during 12 years and participate to establish BSDA. He is a polyvalent member, accomodated to different roles from Program manager (MKK) to Communication & Fundraising…
Mr Seanghath has been working for a variety of NGOs and companies both inside and outside of Cambodia for over 10 years in the area of business, commercial, social enterprise, language and tourism.