Our Staff


Executive Director

Kneath Heard


Kneath is JWOC’s Executive Director and joins the team with a wide range of experience working with non-profits and educational organizations across Asia.

Having grown up in the city of Bristol, Kneath graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama, and immediately moved to South Korea to teach English. He would spend three of the next five years working and volunteering for different organizations across Korea, and knew early on he would spend many more years calling Asia his home. Between times spent in Korea, he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Master’s degree in International Development, having conducted extensive research working closely with rural-urban migrants in Beijing and the NGOs that support them.

Before joining JWOC, Kneath worked as the Director for a learning center in Malaysia that provided access to education for youth from the Somali refugee community, and supported their goals to tackle forms of social exclusion they faced in their daily lives. It is through these experiences that his passion for the use of education as a tool to empower and develop communities has grown.

Education Manager

Konthea Mean


After finishing high school in 2007, Konthea took a Bachelor Degree in English at Mean Chey University. While pursuing the degree, she taught English voluntarily to children near her home and also worked in private English schools in Serei Sophorn. When she graduated from university in 2012 she worked with an International NGO, Hope for the Nations, in Poi Pet as an Assistant and Translator.

At the beginning of 2013 with the purpose of self development, a desire to learn and wanting to help poor communities in Cambodia, Konthea moved from Banteay Mean Chey Province, where she was born, to Siem Reap Province to join JWOC as a dynamic team player. She is optimistic about seeing the development of Cambodia and is excited to play a role in it.

Communications Manager

Aklile Mekuria


Coming from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Aklile has joined the dynamic JWOC staff as the Fundraising and Communications Manager. Born and raised in Kenya and Ethiopia, Aklile is no stranger to working with cross- cultural programmes. Having graduated from St. Mary’s College in Hyderabad, India with a degree in Mass Communications and Political Science in 2015, it was only a matter of time before she was back in Asia.

Since then Aklile was a Program Manager for Girls Gotta Run Foundation, which invests in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their community. Soon after she worked as a Communications Intern for the Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda and provided technical support to the Communications Advisor. Having visited Siem Reap in early 2017, Aklile is happy to be back and to find herself amongst like minded people!

Office and Scholarship Program Manager

Vantha Kuon


Vantha moved to Siem Reap in 2002 in order to attend school and in 2011 he graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from the University of South-East Asia. He joined JWOC in February 2009 and has taken his place as an invaluable member of staff through his hard work and dedication to community work.

Vantha manages the daily tasks related to the administration and maintenance of the office and school as well as working on the bookkeeping for all projects and coordinating the Scholarship Programme. He really enjoys working for JWOC and he hopes he can use his skills and time to help Cambodian students and people in the countryside and local communities.

Free Classes Program Manager

Kea Eng


Originally from outside Siem Reap city, Kea moved in town to continue his education. After completing high school in 2011, Kea applied for a JWOC scholarship to pursue English studies at Build Bright University.

As a scholarship student with JWOC, Kea volunteered as an English teacher in Free Classes program for 4 years. During this time, he also worked full-time as the Free Classes Support Officer. Upon completion of his University degree, Kea was promoted to Free Classes Program Manager at JWOC. He is excited about this new endeavor and looks forward to using his skills/experiences to help Cambodian students and the community JWOC serves.

Admin Officer

Vuth Lita


Lita was born in the Kampong Cham province and moved to Siem Reap in 2005. After graduating high school in 2011, she applied for the JWOC Scholarship award in order to pursue a degree in Finance and Banking at the University of South East Asia and was accepted into the program.

During her time as a scholarship student, Lita was an invaluable asset to all the JWOC Programs. In that time, she acted as both a JWOC Officer and Team Leader while gaining a wealth of experience with Provincial Department of Rural Development and Fragrance Angkor Hotel’s accounting departments. She is very happy to have the chance to work in JWOC as Admin Officer.

Community Support Program Manager

Netra Song


Netra grew up in Osrlao village, Sange district, Battambang Province; his parents are farmers and he is the second child of five. Growing up in the countryside, he walked 2km to school every day and dreamed of being a teacher, he completed high school in 2003 in Battambang town.

In pursuing his dream, in 2006 Netra started to volunteer by teaching children classes and received a scholarship from Cambodia Organization for Research and Development (CORDE) and started at the University of Education and Development. In 2010 he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Education and Development before working in several non-profits such as Preparation for Social Action Program Manager and CORDE. Netra is now married with one daughter happily living in Siem Reap. His hobbies include swimming, playing football and reading the news.

Librarian and Child Development Coordinator

Sonesa Khuon


Before joining JWOC Nesa used to teach English at Florida International School for five years, at the same time she also studied for her Bachelors in English at the University of South East Asia and graduated in 2013. After graduating, she wanted to get more diverse experience in teaching children away from traditional schooling and she found JWOC!

Since working in JWOC, she has learned many new things such as computer skills, internet, email, making crafts, leading a team and taking care of lots of books in the library. She loves the environment and people here and is inspired to provide free knowledge students through fun and creative methods. She loves her job and works tirelessly to improve herself and the Library. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, sing and chat with her friends.

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Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is a non-profit organization working in Cambodia to empower low-income Cambodians to lead their communities by providing educational and personal development opportunities, inspiring a mindset of co-responsibility and social service. JWOC is certified with a Gold Seal of Transparency by GuideStar.org.

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