Each year we ask you to nominate selfless individuals who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to WRA’s mission of relieving human suffering and empowering the poor. This year it is our privilege to announce the winner of WRA’s Unsung Hero’s Award 2017—San Thai!
Why Thai? ….
Understanding the importance of education to break free of poverty, Thai was a student in high school when he founded Human and Hope Association - a Cambodian NGO - with his friends.
"For me, I had to work so hard, I worked all day and half the night. From 7am until 5pm I was at high school and I (voluntarily) taught English from 6 till 7pm and then I went for tuk-tuk driving from 7.30pm till 11:30 at night."
Thai graduated high school in 2013 and became HHA's community liason. In 2015, Thai became director of HHA, and led its transition to become entirely Khmer operated. Working six days a week, Thai always puts in extra hours to ensure HHA is financially sustainable and achieving its outcomes to alleviate poverty. Over the years, he has developed the respect of the local community and is a trusted figure. He has even helped men in the community to stop abusing alcohol and engaging in acts of domestic violence, which is no easy feat.
The first staff member to graduate from the HHA university scholarship program, Thai is pursuing a Master's degree at his own cost, continuing to champion for education in Cambodia.
"Being a director of HHA is important because I play an important role to make sure that HHA's goal is becoming achieved. We are great role models for our Cambodian youth to understand the importance of their participation to help their own society under our local staff's leadership."
Thai, you bring hope wherever you go and our world, more than ever, is desperately in need of people like you. We acknowledge your dedication to relieving suffering in your corner of the world. We recognise and salute you as WRA's Unsung Hero 2017!