Portrait of the month: Sophal Sambath
Sophal Sambath has been part of our team in Cambodia for one year. She is supervising the creation of 22 daycare centers for the children of women workers in garment factories. Despite the delays due to the Covid-19 crisis, Sophal remains determined. The first constructions should start soon.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am Sophal Sambath. With a degree in midwifery, I started my career in international NGOs working on nutrition and maternal and child health issues. Outside of work, I enjoy sharing my passion for cooking and sometimes shopping.
“My motivation: to offer Cambodian children quality care, to help them grow up in better conditions. “
What is your role at PE&D?
I have been working for PE&D for almost a year on a project to create daycare centers in villages (CBCC). The key to the success of this project is the participation of all the parties involved in finding sites where to build the crèches, ensuring their long-term financing, convincing companies to take on part of the costs of childcare for their employees… I am a sort of conductor. My role is to bring together and negotiate with communities, local councils and garment factories. I organise the formation of advisory committees made up of mayors, teachers, police and health workers, who are responsible for carrying out and monitoring the activities. I am also in charge of recruiting and training the educators for the daycare centers.
Why did you choose this job? What motivates you on a daily basis?
My motivation: to offer Cambodian children quality care and support, to help them grow up in better conditions. CBCC is the first pilot project in Cambodia to set up a childcare solution close to the employees’ homes, which adapts to the parents’ schedules and benefits from a financial contribution from the factories. What also motivates me is that my missions tend to reduce gender inequalities by allowing women to have a recognised and paid job.
27 May 2021