Thavry Thon received her bachelor degree from the University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic with a major in Information Management. She was born and raised in a very simple farming family on a remote small island on the Bassac River in Cambodia. Her family always supported her and valued education very much. They encouraged her to pursue higher education. Her parents always told her that education is the key to success and will reduce poverty in Cambodia.
Thavry is currently Chief Operating Officer at Toursanak Adventures tour agency. She is also a freelance translator, author, and trip leader. Since childhood she has enjoyed drawing and writing. She has published two children’s books in 2010 and 2011 by Room to Read organization. Her drawing skills and love of art led her to work in a summer camp in Vermont, U.S.A. There she served as an arts and crafts camp counselor. She has always enjoyed traveling within her own country and internationally. She now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Let It Shine! Cambodia!
The first step towards a better world is to make your homeland a better place. Thavry has been involved in various community-building work since 16; helped children in her village to read and raised awareness for a clean living environment. There are ten beautiful short stories in this small book: teaching children to draw; helping the aboriginal people to fight for their land rights against development; writing children's books to enhance literacy; leading bike tours for township clean-ups; creating happy memories for children by painting a school; and participating volunteer works for disabled children.
Her writing is honest and direct. She has a pure heart to feel for the serious problems in her society. With passion and a big smile, she seizes every opportunity to devote herself totally to make a difference. Such belief is direct and touching. Such decisive actions lead us to believe: positive changes come through actions. Thavry's word is a light of warmth and hope.