Kdei Karuna is a politically-neutral peacebuilding NGO aiming to contribute to sustainable peace efforts in Cambodia. Through an expertise in dialogue facilitation and sustained engagement with communities, Kdei Karuna encourages locally-driven approaches to address conflict, encourage mutual understanding, and promote healing.
Kdei Karuna began working in Cambodia in 2005 as a branch of the Boston-based International Center for Conciliation (ICfC). Recognizing the unmet needs of Cambodians in dealing with historical wounds, the organization began implementing projects using ICfC’s Historical Conciliation methodology. This methodology aims to produce empathy and understanding from hatred and anger through a deep reflective dialogue process, helping people get unstuck from painful memories. After a number of years working within rural Cambodia, this methodology evolved to better fit the needs of Cambodians in dealing with their own past memories and in addressing conflict between groups. In 2010, the organization registered as a local non-governmental organization under the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Kdei Karuna contributes to sustainable peace efforts by enabling individuals to live together with dignity, tolerance, and harmony.
Kdei Karuna aims to strengthen peace-building capacities to actively engage different elements of society in non-violent conflict processes.
Kdei Karuna staff are committed to serving our communities. We believe that teamwork and compassion are the keys to empowering our communities to take control of their own healing process.
Mr. TIM Minea earned a BA in Sociology from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in 2004 and a Pedagogy Certificate from the National Institute of Education in 2005. He began working with Kdei Karuna in 2009, helping the organization localize. He then earned a Master's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 2012 from RUPP. As Executive Director, Minea believes in the importance of remaining connected to Kdei Karuna's communities, participating with team members to create safe spaces for dialogue, including communication between Khmer Rouge survivors and former Khmer Rouge cadres. In addition, Minea attends academic conferences and trainings internationally to ensure that Kdei Karuna's work can contribute and learn from the wider transitional justice community.
Ms. YIM Sotheary is a Clinical Psychologist/Trauma Therapist with 10 years of experience working in social development sector in Cambodia. Throughout her career, she has engaged in voicing the psychological and human rights needs of Cambodian society. She was also instrumental in the production of “Understanding Trauma in Cambodia” handbooks, generously funded by GIZ. Sotheary has extensive professional experience with survivors of trauma from the Khmer Rouge era. More recently, her work has focused on gender-based violence, and she wrote Past and the Present of Forced Marriage Survivors: Experience toward Healing. Sotheary received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling in 2010 from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She has participated in a number of international trainings on human rights, transitional justice in the context of post-conflict countries, and trauma treatment. Sotheary also holds an EMDR (Eyes Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) license from EMDR Europe.
SEANG Leakhena graduated from Pannasastra University of Cambodia with a degree in English. Leakhena joined Kdei Karuna’s staff in September 2010 after having previously worked with a private company as an accountant. With her skills, she hopes to contribute to Kdei Karuna by encouraging efficient and transparent budgeting practices, while also learning about the different communities throughout Cambodia.
Kdei Karuna is proud to receive the generous support of the following donors:
Kdei Karuna is able to accomplish its work through strong cooperations with the following organizations:
Kdei Karuna is also a proud member of the following coalitions: