Sedtha having lunch with workers at the center
The founder of BFT is Sedtha Long, a Khmer Rouge survivor. The genocide had taken ten of his fourteen family members. It also left countless children parentless, so Sedtha took it upon himself to take care of them. He took twenty children under his wing during the genocide and worked tirelessly day and night to keep the orphans fed. This led Sedtha to realize his new goal, in which he stated, “ I only wanted to help build a new community and improve the quality of life for Cambodians.” He wanted to see Cambodia rise and attain self-sufficiency once more, and education was his answer. He stated, “Education must be the key to developing economic self-sufficiency as well as personal well-being and peace for the individual family as well as the whole Cambodian Society.” Thus, Sedtha founded BFT as a center that provides education to all who seek it, along with nutrition and health programs for villages in need.
Please see the attached photos to get to Sedtha Long, as well as the village and center communities, better.
Sedtha holding GlobeMed at UVa's Donation (2012)
Sedtha standing amongst the bicycle donations
Lions Club of Singapore bicycle donation to BFT
Monks of BFT standing with BFT volunteers
Sedtha speaking to the BFT community