Pictured here is one of the oldest, among many sleuk riths, that is known to have survived the Khmer Rouge regime. It is aged over one hundred years old. Photo by Chy Terith.


Nearly all the senior staff of The Sleuk Rith Institute comes from the generation that was born in the years just after the fall of Democratic Kampuchea (Khmer Rouge regime) with different backgrounds and, comes from many different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds, but share a common trait that is the cornerstone of The Sleuk Rith Institute’s mission and ethos.

While the Sleuk Rith Institute is dedicated to Memory, Justice and Reconciliation, its culture is centered upon humanitarian service. Humanitarian service is the guiding spirit for the Institute’s work and vision for the future; not only because the organization needs leaders who exhibit selfless service for its own institutional, project-based goals, but because the future of Cambodia depends on it.  Cambodia is in desperate need of leaders who are competent, skilled, and vision-oriented.  In this regard, the Institute regularly facilitates young Cambodian staff members with professional development based in Cambodia and abroad.  Advanced research and academic programs help staff members expand their knowledge base and skill set while also bring in fresh perspectives to persistent problems and challenges in Cambodia.

But competence and vision are only one part of the post-conflict equation.  Humanitarian service is the key ingredient that transforms a supervisor into a leader and a developing country into a model society.  The Institute recognizes this essential character trait and how critical it is to any institution’s human resources.  This is why the Institute is eager to call attention to its senior staff who have taken up the mantle of public service by using their advanced degrees, trainings, and experiences to give back to the Cambodian society. The Institute also wants to call attention to the Institution’s diversity through its leadership.  The Institute has sought to cultivate leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

With an eye toward empowering women and shedding a greater life on people on the margins of society, So Farina and Sirik Savina are the Institute’s respective leaders for the Cham Oral History Project and Museum of Memory. Dy Khambody and Dr. Eng Kok-Thay, from Kratie and Siem Reap respectively, head the Genocide Education School and Research Center. Finally, Chy Terith (born after 1979) and Vanthan Peoudara (born just before the DK regime) are the Executive Officer and Chief of Staff.

Altogether the senior leaders of the Sleuk Rith Institute illustrate the diversity of the Cambodian society and the breadth of knowledge, experience, and skill that is behind the Institute’s mission of giving back to the Cambodian people.

Vanthan Peoudara

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