Quote 50


“My job is not to make you happy, it make you grow.”

— Sok Lak



បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រដល់ថ្នាក់ភ្លេចគុណធម៌
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រដល់ថ្នាក់មិនដឹងថាអ្វីជាមនុស្សធម៌
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រដល់ថ្នាក់បំផ្លាញខ្លួនឯង និងអ្នកដទៃ
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រដល់ថ្នាក់មិនខ្វល់ពីសង្គមដែលខ្លួនរស់នៅ
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រដល់ថ្នាក់សូម្បីផ្លូវអ្នកជំនាន់ក្រោយក៏បំផ្លាញ។

បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រសូម្បីតែអក្សរជាតិក៏ត្រូវគេជួលឲ្យរៀន
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រសូម្បីតែចំណេះដឹងក៏ត្រូវគេជួលឲ្យទទួល
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រសូម្បីតែវប្បធម៌ក៏ត្រូវគេជួលឲ្យការពារ
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រសូម្បីតែកេរ្តិ៍ដូនតាក៏ត្រូវគេជួលឲ្យថែរក្សា
បើសិនយើងក្រ កំុក្រសូម្បីតែជាតិក៏ត្រូវគេជួលឲ្យស្រឡាញ់។

— សុខ ឡាក់


An One Year and Half Baby

An one year and half baby, Scholar Library,
You are small but wonderful,
you do not wait till rich to contribute,
You do not wait to be fully capable to do something.

Just a short time you become home,
Home of kids who love to play but also read,
Home of youth to study and connect,
Home of people to build reading habit,
Home of readers to turn into longlife learning,
Home of lovers who can turn waste into treasure.

A small baby but not a nature of baby,
Timely and physically as baby but not mentally,
Efforts and willingness to become mother,
A small kid become and take responsibility as mother,
Mother to take care of 3,000+ books,
Mother of 100+ activity and 2,000+ people benefited,
Mother of knowledge community including reading,
Mother of experience to feel library not just a book.

Mother, mother, mother and mother of,
A knowledge value chain awareness.

**to be continue


12 Tips to Avoid Volunteers easy to Drop

In Cambodia context, the situation of easy to give up and slow down of commitment in working or volunteering from youth is so high. It is not good for youth to give up or quit working or volunteering early. To avoid these situation especially for young leaders when working in project or program with volunteers or youth, I have a few tips to share:

I. Understand what you are doing and why important

Make sure you understand what you are doing and why it is important to do that. Figure more evidences and data to proof too.

II. Understand what kinds of people fit to these kinds of jobs

III. Setting up criteria in choosing people

(For example: have enough time, commitment, willing to learn, experience, knowledge, love reading, respect others and so on)

IV. Prepare agreement

Make sure both parties agree and understand the situation they are applying and requirements.

V. Do not believe 100% on what they write and said

Two reasons:

  • Sometimes people do not have abilities to do what they said (Some situation is hard to control. For example: sick, accident, broken heart, pressure from family …)
  • They tell a lie.

(Some people choose to tell a lie to pass or being selected, because they really want to pass. Some people expect something from your team and project/program they are applying.)

VI. Investigate and observes their action

Check their profile, also can tell the fact and stories

VII. Reserved and risk management

  • Do not expect too much on the plan is 100% go smooth
  • A project always have risk, just small or big

  • To avoid or any uncertain situation as well as changing

  • VIII. Thinking of strategies

    A good project/program always has strategies. Think on how make your project grow fast and sustainable

    IX. Always check and assessment

    Some parts would go fast, but some parts would go slowly. To make sure it go well, it needs to grow together and all important parts no errors.

    X. Visible outcome

    Make sure your project/program has visible outcome. Most of people is happy and productive when see visible rather than invisible especially where in low educated society.

    XI. Motivation and recognition

    XII. Capacity building

    Quote 49


    “When we are small, it is good opportunities to know who really value or do not value the things we are doing.”


    — Sok Lak

    Quote 48


    “Author is great, Book is wonderful, Library is amazing and the knowledge from library is WOW.”

    — Sok Lak

    Sok Lak and International Youth Day 2017

    Mr. Sok Lak, was selected to be one active youth, to participant in International Youth Day 2017 social campaign in August 2017.

    The campaign is to recognize and encourage Cambodian youth people’s contribute to the social inclusion, peace and development.

    [Script from video]

    International Youth Day 2017: Youth Building Peace

    “We create Scholar Library because we see that Cambodia is still lack of information and knowledge, we think we should supply these to meet demand of market.” Mr. Sok Lak, Co-founder of Scholar Library.

    Mr. Sok Lak spend his time and own saving money [with his sister and friends] to open this library.

    He also used to think to give up this library then finding a job, because he face financial challenges in operating this library.

    “Even though we face the problems and challenges, still I decide continue this library mission, because library is a hope especially helping youth to have enough knowledge and information in making decision and contributing economic development, sustainable development and happiness in living.” he said.

    “We like to come this library, because first library is quite and fresh.” a reader in Scholar Library said.

    For this year of International Youth Day, I encourage all youth to involve in social work and also involve study as well as research in library for personal benefit and society as the whole.”

    Source: UNDP Cambodia