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



The ideas for calculating economic lose from flooding in Phnom Penh

If we want to know how much Phnom Penh economic lose, we need to calculate the everything that lose into money, so that it is easy to know how much lose in money.

The calculation should include:

Loss on infrastructure:

  • The amount of money on the road damage from flooding (acide from Phnom Penh wastes mixed with rain water also cost highly damage)
  • The amount of money on damage of public garden by flooding (The big rain and high level water from flood will highly destroy the existing and new garden in Phnom Penh)
  • The amount of money on the damage of water treatment in Phnom Penh

Loss on family economic:

  • The amount money from losing or damaging of things/stuffs in house from flooding (including stuffs we used in home, equipments, business products and so on)
  • The amount of money to fix the damage of machine of transportation including car and motor by flooding
  • The amount of money for healthcare of human being caused by flooding (especially disease from dirty waste mixed with rain water)

Lose on business:

  • Business lose during flooding hour (some business cannot operate or no customer during flooding)
  • The amount of money from losing working hours and productivity during flooding (traffic jam or road blocked by water and so on)
  • and so on

Total all damages and lose in money amount, we will know how much Phnom Penh’s economic lose.

Welcome for comments and others ideas to calculate economic lose of Phnom Penh. Let’s me know if you have good ideas on calculation.


Quote 47

“When education is free, some people think it is useless, but some people use that knowledge from education or any forms to create billion worth dollars impact to their society.”

Sok Lak in Green

Mr. Sok Lak, one of environment active youth who passionate on environment issues especially on carbon credit program. He has participated in and organized over 30 social activities especially environment project in his community such as “I Like to Move It-Run&Save Wildlife campaign” (2012), Plant More Tree project (2013), Cambodia Green Will project (end of 2013 and early of 2014) and so on. Recently, he joined two days Oxfam Mekong Inclusion program communication workshop as young media expert and trainee on 9-10 October 2014 in Phnom Penh. Later, he joined Ministry of Transportation and Public Work cooperated with UN-Habitat and ESCAP’s Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems consultation workshop as youth observer on 27-28 October 2014 in Phnom Penh. Moreover, he is also one of fifteen youth wildlife ambassador and has attended a six-month joint program conducted by the U.S Ambassador’s Youth Council (AYC) and Wildlife Alliance in early 2014 as well as running youth engagement wildlife campaign in country. In September 2014, he was selected from 1,000 applicants in Asia Pacific region to attend Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training workshop 2014 on adaptation in the mountains: issues and gaps beyond boundaries in Nepal organized by International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through its Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) partner with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Regarding to his education, he holds a bachelor degree of Economic Development from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) and bachelor degree of English Literature at University of Cambodia (UC). Currently, he is freelancer and co-founder of Writing Alliance (WA), an independent student-run association embodying many young-Cambodian columnist. He has over two-year of experience as a professional in economic journalism where he used to work at Southeast Asia Weekly and Economics Today Magazine.

Who will pay the cost of …?

There are many cost that we already pay daily and yearly, how about below cost? Who will pay those cost? Who should be the person to pay them?
1. Social security
2. Food security
3. Pollution affect human health, agriculture production, water we drink, air we breath and so on
4. Traffic accident and human trafficking
5. Animal life (on land, water and air)
6. Raising temperature day to day
7. Increasing number of natural disasters (flood, storm, dry, and so on) year to year
8. Increasing new diesease year to year
9. Lack of opportunity and fall in poverty
10. and so on

What’s A Life

Life, you really make fun of me,
Life, you always treat me so good,
Life, you give me all colorful taste,
Life, you give a full of misery,
Life, you are like an experiment place,
Life, you are like a story in theater
Life, you are always change all the times,
Life, even we plan well still you keep shaping.