founder and president

Mahanoeun Yin The founder and president of Khmer Buddhist Relief is the Venerable Mahanoeun Yin (pictured at right). He has been a monk, a student, and a teacher of Buddhism since 1970. Ven. Mahanoeun is currently abbot of the Khmer pagoda in Santa Ana, CA and has published several books on the Dhamma (Khmer translations of ancient Pali texts). Since 1992, he has traveled to Cambodia yearly to give help and hope to the most needy. Khmer Buddhist Relief officially incorporated in 2003 to continue and expand upon his good works.

  other board members

Nara Main In Spring of 1998, Nara embarked on a mission to help the people of Cambodia, spending almost four years traveling throughout the country overseeing the distrubution of food, construction of wells and reservoirs, building of schools for children, and various other humanitarian activities. He is driven by a deep empathy for the poor of Cambodia, arising from still vivid memories of extreme hunger under the Khmer Rouge. Through these charitable services, he is able to help heal the wounds of the past for both himself and the people he serves. Nara was a monk from May of 1992 until February of 2006 when obligations to his elderly mother lead him to return to the life of a layperson.

Fany Ros Khiev Seing As a devout Buddhist and student of the Dhamma, Fany derived great satisfaction from her position as a social worker for Los Angeles County. From 1980 until her retirement in 2009, she provided counseling and other assistance to Cambodians in Long Beach with special needs, such as the elderly, sick and disabled. Fany also help found the L.A. County Cambodian Employees Association and sits on its advisory board. Before the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, Fany taught English at Lycée Neary in Phnom Penh. Since then, she has earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in human behavior. She has compiled various books to help preserve Khmer culture, including Directory of Cambodian Sanskrit Names for your Newborns the content of which is available here.

Christopher Sokha Hy Even while living as a Cambodian refugee on the Thai boarder in the early 1980's, Christopher found a way to help others by working as a health care assistant for Christian organizations operating in the refugee camps. He arrived in America June of 1982 and almost exactly three years later graduated with his high school diploma. Christopher went on to attend Oregon State University, where he was an active member and president of the the Cambodian Students Organization. In 1990 he received a Bachelor's degree from OSU in civil engineering and has been working as a transportation engineer ever since. He currently works for the L.A. City Department of Transportation, where he has been employed for over 10 years.

Sody Lay A former monk, Sody helped found United Cambodian Students at UCLA as well as the Khmer Institute. He has also served as a board member of Cambodian Family community service center for a number of years. Before graduation from Columbia Law School in 1997, Sody was awarded a human rights grant which he used to fund an internship with an NGO in Cambodia. Since then, he has written legal commentary for Radio Free Asia and taught a course on Cambodian refugees at UCLA, UCI, Cal State Fullerton and UMass Boston. Read his article Remembering the Cambodian Tragedy.


Khmer Buddhist Relief is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code