Peace and dearest friends,
Recently, I got an interview with the Success Guide Magazine, on behalf of the founder of Youth Partner in Development and Peace( YPDP), which is a volunteer youth group founded in January 1, 2009 by a group of dynamic young people from different faiths and religions such as Buddhism, Muslim, and Christian, who wish to impel positive social changes and promote solidarity, leadership, culture, development and peace through youth participation and also a cooperation circle of United Religions Initiative ( URI).
The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
I would like to share with all you about it. Here, you can read more about ypdp, www.ypdp.wordpress.com ; It is very good that I could share this kind of story to you all in the name of God and URI family. I, myself, have inspired many people, friends, especially you all and other top world leaders. Particularly, the world need more compassionate entrepreneurs like you to develop and to build more a peaceful world & society a round the globe.
Sok Sidon: From a son of a desperate farmer family to become a leader
A number of important indicators, (knowledge, leadership, genius, good communication and network building, humanitarianism and sharing of knowledge and experience to other Cambodian youth), have motivated Sidon to be employed by a locally and internationally famous newspaper. At the same time, he initiated a youth volunteer network called “Youth Partners in Development and Peace (YPDP)” with the objective to develop and promote youth and society through education and to provide them with an opportunity to involve in social development affairs. In addition, he and his friends are currently leading Youth Partners in Development and Peace.
Commitment in Work & Study
Sidon was born in Svay Rieng province, the second of eight children, of a desperate farmer family facing many problems and challenges.
He said that although he was born in this situation, he has never had a short thinking. He always keeps in mind this ancient proverb “hard-working leads to success”. Sidon has struggled with his life until he receives fruitful outcomes.
Considered it as an opportunity, there was a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Sidon’s hometown. He then involved in the social affairs to gain working experience. When he was a high school student, he volunteered as a Health Trainer for a period of a year with Rural Economic Development Association (REDA). After that, he worked with PSI for a position of Peer Educator and Promoter for the Prevention of Reproductive Health Diseases and HIV/AIDS for almost a year in Svay Rieng province.
Because he loved youth’s affairs, he changed to work with Khmer Youth Association (KYA) as a Peace Trainer. In addition, he volunteered in Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC). With other youth, he actively participated to build and develop Svay Rieng’s association. These experiences step by step led his life to success.
Nowadays, if we look at the Cambodian society, a small number of university students not only study, but also involve in social development works. Sidon is no different from others. Based on his background, he has started working since he studied in his hometown. In 2007, he left his hometown (left KYA) to work as a partner with Swedish youth and to continue his study in Phnom Penh. It was also a time for him to work with Youth Partners in Development and Peace. He joined the team, because he loves humanitarian works, especially he sees the suffering and difficulty of the citizens and of a number of poor students in their daily lives. In accordance with his vision, he started to do humanitarian works by not focusing on profit. He said that every time he works as a team or as a leader of the team, he always forgives and appreciates team members without any coercion.
More importantly, he always motivates the weak and those who are lacking some sorts of ability and skill. He added that to work well together, we need to respect, value, sacrifice, and understand the difficulty of each other.
Because of these qualities, Sidon was selected by the team members to participate in program called “Youth Partners in Development” to work in various communities, to exchange culture, and to share knowledge and experience with his Swedish counterpart for a period of 6 months (3 months in Cambodia and 3 months in Sweden). He also participated in a number of regional trainings in India, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Factors leading to success in Work
It should be recalled that Sidon also used to work with American Assistance for Cambodia/Japan Relief for Cambodia (AAFC/JRFC) working for poor children and youth in rural communities.
Nowadays, he is a staff of the Cambodia Daily and at the same time he and his friends are leading Youth Partners in Development and Peace. In fact, this success comes from the result of hard-working, struggle and sacrifice of his own time to work for non-profit. Moreover, to win ourselves, we must believe in ourselves regardless of any circumstances. We must clearly define our own goal before we decide to do something and dare to punish ourselves sometimes. Sidon added that every individual must have positive thinking toward the work he/she is doing and try to solve all the problems that happen, especially know how to value and appreciate oneself, learn from others and share with others.
He also informed the readers that after he has gained knowledge and experience and good communication with others, he and his friends initiated to establish a team named “Youth Partners in Development and Peace”. The purposes are to:
– help develop human resources and provide chance and benefit to poor youth to be able to continue their study and/or to be employed.
– share information regarding learning program, scholarship, working experience and success and to provide trainings
Sidon expects that in the future YPDP becomes a center for education for children and youth, especially for school girls in the rural areas. More importantly, he hopes and commits to well manage YPDP and to build good relationship with donor partners to provide benefits to Cambodian youth and society through active involvement from the team members and the support from donor partners.
At the end of the interview, he advised Cambodian citizens that our destiny is defined by us, not by gods or others. As a master of our destiny and our society, we must obtain higher education and build good relationship in the society, especially we should involve in humanitarian works to develop ourselves and our society. Moreover, we must respect and help each other, because it is a key to love, honor, happiness, prosperity and brightness in a person’s life.