The Jeannine and Billy's Children's Foundation has been established after a request by the group of beneficiaries and they appointed members of the community to serve as members of the Board of Directors. The role of the Board of Directors is supervising the activities and advising on the direction the organisation should go.
The Board of Directors in conjunction with the founding beneficiaries has appointed an Executive Director, Mr. Billy Barnaart, to take up the responsibility to develop the organisation and expand the services for the beneficiaries.
The board of directors consists of;
Mr. Govert van den Wittenboer, Consultant
Govert van den Wittenboer grew up in various countries, his favourite was Australia. After finishing University in the Netherlands, with a degree in Marketing and Communication, he joined the workforce. After a period of 6 years he thought he was ready for a new challenge. He sold his house packed his bags and moved to Cambodia via Vietnam. Govert met Billy while participating in one of his most favourable leisure activities: football and immediately felt the urge to help this man as best he could. When Billy asked Govert to assist in the setting up of a new organisation there was no hesitation. Govert: "Together with the other members of the organisation we have managed in a short period of time to create a fine NGO." Currently Govert is a freelance consultant with a main focus on capacity building of local staff. Other leisure activities are travelling and enjoying great foods and wines.
Ms. Nou Sam An, Education Coordinator
Nou Sam An studied Business Administration at the Pannastra University in Cambodia. At this moment, she works for LICADHO (Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights) as a Senior Childhood Educator. Her family thought education was very important and she hopes to pass this value on through her job and through JBCF. Even after the war, when money was tight, her family found it very important to send her to school. She enjoys travelling and hopes to visit Vietnam in the near future.
Mr. Yan Sorkum, Assistant Manager NCDP
Mr. Conor Boyle - Global Training Manager- ILO Better Work
Until last year Conor was a long time resident of Cambodia. Originally from Ireland and then Canada, he works with the United Nations agency International Labour Organization (ILO). At present he is the training and capacity building manager for the global Better Work program. The program involves the development of global tools and country level programs; and builds cooperation between government, businesses, workers and international buyers in the apparel industry to improve labour standards and competitiveness. This helps some of the world’s poorest people to improve their lives and their livelihoods.
Connor: “I known Billy and his family for nearly 15 years. And while Billy may be a bit slower on the football pitch than he used to be his commitment and effort to help some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable people is as strong as ever. Billy’s work has a direct and positive impact on the Cambodian’s he works with. It is for these reasons why I am happy to contribute time to this extremely important initiative. It is a development program that works and with enough funding can find ways to be sustainable in the long run.”
Mr. Oddur Malmberg, Social Worker
Oddur Malmberg (1962) is born and raised in Iceland, where he currently lives. He is in a relationship and a father of four children. Oddur studied Theology, Greek and Sociology at the University of Iceland.
He worked in Cambodia for LICHADO (Cambodian League for the promotion and Defence of Human Rights) as a prison project consultant, when he came in contact with Billy. Oddur enjoys playing football in his free time and ended up playing in the team, Bayern Wanderers, coached and trained by Billy. Why Oddur Malmberg became part of JBCF; "I admire and value his (Billy's) ideas and his respect for all human beings and what he has been doing. To witness the good work that JBCF and Billy have been doing for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids in Cambodia is a privilege and makes me proud to be part of that work."