Church World Service Asia Regional Coordinator, Leslie Wilson, is pleased to announce that Sophal Mao is the organization’s new Country Representative for Cambodia effective January 1, 2017.
Having worked with CWS since 2001, Sophal began as a Credit Advisor and progressed to the most senior program leadership role, where she oversaw all CWS partnerships to support rural Cambodians as they work to overcome poverty and its complex challenges.
Sophal brings a wealth of experience to the Cambodia Country Representative role having worked with the poor and the poorest in many Cambodian villages to help them build their knowledge and ability to improve their nutrition and food security, their health and wellbeing, and their access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Through her guidance as Program Support Manager for the past 10 year, Sophal and her CWS program teams have been able to help communities start more than 400 savings groups and reduce food shortages – among many other accomplishments.
When asked about her new CWS role, Sophal says she is she grateful for the opportunity to be Country Representative, and for the faith CWS leaders have in her to take on the role. In addition to support from an experience Cambodian CWS team, Sophal will also have support from her family – especially her two adult children, a son and a daughter, and, she is sure, from the love of her four-year-old grandson.
CWS Cambodia has long history of strong women leaders, and Sophal is excited to continue this tradition. She is proud to represent her people as the first national CWS Country Representative in Cambodia, and she says she looks forward to helping the younger generation acquire new knowledge and build its ability to continue leading Cambodia to a better future for all. She is also looking forward to strengthening CWS partnerships with Government institutions, private sector actors and local project partners – as well as the communities where CWS works.