Build Cambodia is a U.S. based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Cambodians build their lives and society and ensuring that this corner of the world is not forgotten. Our unique contribution is creating awareness, facilitating exposure, and encouraging commitment among Americans and individuals from other nations to provide the valued assistance that can make such a difference in this needy land. We support established organizations in Cambodia. Our goal is to provide a steady flow of attention and resources for worthwhile efforts in Cambodia.

Our Activities

We Support Worthwhile Organizations - We provide on-going financial support to those organizations that we have visited, scrutinized, and found worthy of our continued assistance.

We Help Others Contribute - Build Cambodia does not solicit or accept donations for its self but will help you contribute to any of the organizations we deem worthwhile.

We Build Awareness of Cambodia in the Untied States - We regularly talk to individuals and groups through out the U.S. telling the Cambodia story and making people aware of this unique land and the opportunity to help. We host get-togethers for Cambodians who are leaders in all walks of life when they visit the U. S. so that we can make lasting friends and friendships.

We Help Committed Supporters Conceive of and Develop their Projects

About Us

Ed Bachrach, Founder and Board Member - Ed Bachrach is the former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Bachrach Clothing Inc., a national retailer of men's fashions.

Ed founded Build Cambodia after visiting the country as a tourist in 2002. He travels frequently to Cambodia to provide continuing support to the many vital and effective organizations that are helping to rebuild the society and the lives of the people.

Ed earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwestern University and has a masters of public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.

David Prichard, Board Member - David Pritchard is managing partner at Salvi, Schostok and Prichard, P.C. in Chicago. For over 25-years, David has represented physicians, hospitals and victims of negligence in medical malpractice cases. Specializing in catastrophic injury, David was given the "Highest Rating for Legal Ability and General Recommendation" by Martindale Hubbell American Law Directory and was named by Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyer Network as one of the "Top Five Percent of all Lawyers in Illinois."

David is co-founder of The Young Scholars Program of Chicago, a program that provides summer jobs in the legal profession to inner-city high school seniors. He serves as a medical ethicist on the Ethics Advisory Board of Children's Memorial Hospital and on the boards of the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago and Friends Without A Border, which founded and runs Angkor Children's Hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In his spare time, David co-produced the first international rock concert in Far East Russia and circumambulated Mount Kailash at 18,000 feet in remote Western Tibet.

David attended college at Loyola University-New Orleans and earned his JD from DePaul University Law School. David also received his master's of arts in theology from Loyola University- Chicago with a specialization in medical and professional ethics.

Kheang Un, Board Member - Kheang Un is currently Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and adjunct Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Un grew up and was educated in Cambodia before he left the country for higher education in the United States in 1992. When the country opened up, after over twenty years of isolation from the outside world, he received a grant from the Social Science Research Council and a work-study scholarship from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, to pursue an undergraduate study in political science. He then transferred to the University of Hawaii where he received his BA in political science and economics in 1996 and was from 1996-97 a Graduate Fellow at the East West Center. Dr. Un completed his masters and doctoral degrees in political science with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Although based in the United States, Dr. Un has spent considerable of time in Cambodia conducting research and working, including interning at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 1997. Dr. Un has served as consultant to the World Bank, the Department for International Development, the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), and the US State Department. Dr. Un's research interests are democracy, human rights, and non-governmental organizations. He has published on contemporary Cambodian politics dealing with issues of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and civil society.

Laurie Bachrach, Board Member - Laurie Bachrach is a sixth year resident in a Urological Surgery training program at Northwestern Memorial Hopsital in Chicago. She went to medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) in Chicago and has a background in health care, information technology, and engineering.

While in medical school, Laurie served on the Steering Committee for a free student-run clinic at the Community Health Clinic that serves the uninsured of Chicago. She has traveled extensively, including a recontructive urology teaching trip with IVUmed to Mongolia and medical missions in Bolivia and Guatemala. She also spent a year studying abroad in Beijing and focused on language and the anthropology of minority groups in China.

Before entering medical school, Laurie worked as a bioinformatics consultant for a tropical diseases research consortium at the University of Washington. Previous to that, she was scientific programmer for a small biotechnology company in Seattle.

Laurie received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

More Information About Us

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