President & Founder
I live in Hanover Park, and I am a happily married father of 2 wonderful children (Kyle and Kayla).
I was born in Cambodia and managed to be fortunate enough to escape with my immediate family intact. We had to abandon most of what we owned, but we counted our blessings because we had each other, and the hope of a new life in the US. That dream came to fruition for my whole family and I will always be grateful to be a loyal US citizen.
In 2012, after my first fundraiser, I was able to embark on a mission of mercy in Cambodia. Our team brought food, clothing, and other much needed supplies to people in remote rural areas. While I was there, I saw that fresh drinking water was insufficiently clean and very scarce. That’s when the Clean Water Project idea began to take shape in my mind. With the unflagging help and support of some very dedicated people, we were able to complete 17 wells so far, that serve drinking water to thousands of people who could otherwise get only surface water, and precious little of that.
I say to my fellow Khmer-Americans to remember fondly the Khmer people we came from, and to reach into our hearts to help them to become what we know they can be.
With your support and the efforts of our team I know we can make a profound and fundamental difference in the lives of those in need.
I am part of the Board of Directors for KHK, and I proudly serve along with Anthony Sou, both on the board and as his wife. We have been together for 19 years and have 2 kids (Kyle and Kayla). I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business at DePaul University and have been in the industry for the past 22 years.
I joined KHK when Anthony started the organization in 2012. Through his passion he was able to bring awareness to the plight of those that are in need in his home country. His journey to Cambodia captured my heart and I am honored and proud to be a part of this organization.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to see with my own eyes the struggles that the people in Cambodia face day to day and it only reinforced my willingness to help them. During our visits to the schools in these impoverished areas, my heart ached as I saw kids that haven’t bathed or washed themselves, they had dirty uniforms, no shoes, and teeth that haven’t been cleaned. The realization of how fortunate my kids are compared to them made my eyes swell with tears. I saw families struggle to provide food for their loved ones living in deplorable conditions, children begging for food, homeless individuals and families sleeping on the streets.
As a member of KHK Foundation, I am committed to helping all that I can to help others have a brighter future.
“I have a 40 year history in social work, primarily in healthcare. I believe it is important to reach out to my community at home and across the world. Cambodia is my way of connecting with people across the world as we are responsible to each other. Love is a universal trait.”
Tim has traveled to Cambodia to help build a playground, a house, paint schools, and plant trees at our Agriculture Learning Center for underserved children. It is his passion to serve others and to encourage children to better themselves through education.
Erlinda Dimayuga pursues her passion of helping children develop, both academically and socially. She has served on the Board of Hinsdale South High School and Hawaii Pacific University Parent Advisory Board. Erlinda was on numerous committees in the Hinsdale & Cass school districts where she has raised thousands of dollars in grants.
While Erlinda spends much of her personal time giving to the development of our youth, she is also a dedicated marketing analyst at Toyota Financial Services. She assists in implementing incentives for sales offices to increase productivity and engagement and carefully monitors progress to define sales penetration.
In addition, she serves as a volunteer service liaison to encourage community involvement within her teams that support TFS’ corporate initiatives such as Making Life Easier for YOUth, a program dedicated to developing under-served or at-risk youth.
Erlinda lives her ongoing commitment to youth in all aspects of life. She believes in presenting children with opportunities to help guide them to meet their full potential.
I am a health practitioner, professor, and Program Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the University of Chicago Medicine; specializing in Pediatric Cardiology. For as long as I can remember, I had always cared for and helped others in need. This led me to a career in healthcare and education, caring for the sick and helping people succeed in their life through education.
For the first time after 36 years, I travelled to Cambodia to see how the other side of the world lived. That trip changed my life when I saw how families were struggling daily to live with no food, no water, and children begging on the streets. I wanted to share with those struggling, the things I had abundantly in this life. I realized that the knowledge and skills I learned in life, I would later use to benefit others in need.
I came across KHK Foundation, and was captured by all their heartfelt work in helping families in need. I now work with KHK Foundation; sharing in their passion, vision, goals and objectives. And I feel blessed to be a part of an amazing group, sharing the journey in helping struggling families around the world have a chance at a better life.
I think, in life, there is so much more than chasing success or money. Giving back to the community is something we should all do. It doesn’t have to be money. It doesn’t have to be something big. It could be something small- just doing something nice for the people around me. I am not perfect, but I’m human, and as humans, we learn, grow, and reflect from our mistakes. I have the choice to be compassionate and be kind to myself and everyone else around me. I cannot change the world, but I can help someone’s world. That’s what I want. When it’s time for me to be gone from this earth, I want people that I’ve met to remember me what a positive impact I made in their life.
I enjoy working and volunteering with organizations that are committed to changing the lives of those in need of support, education, and health care.
It saddens me deeply when I visit Cambodia and see young children working and begging for food when they should be in school and enjoying a childhood without the pain of hunger, the sadness in their eyes because of extreme poverty and hopelessness.