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

Working without pay in Cambodia context is hard while many people still not understand the important of public services/goods and how it contribute to their living standard and living environment and some of them also consider this job is government too, so people who volunteer normally get many pressures from peers, family and people around which lead them to be easily to give up. In this case, motivation is very important and need to put in practice in order to make them feel good and continue mission. The great achievement also need to be recognized for promoting good cause so that many people can live peacefully.

XII. Capacity building

Not only volunteer work, capacity building is a good method to make anyone who work to have more capacity to get things done easily and fast so that the contribution is also grow fast and impact to many people.

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


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.”