Cambodian Children's Fund
Rating: 5 stars 145 145 reviews 10,743
Issues: Children & Youth, Education, International, Philanthropy
Location: 2461 Santa Monica Blvd. PMB 833 Santa Monica CA 90404 USA
Results: Providing 1,800 kids with education and other services. Nearly 500 births with zero maternal deaths through the maternal care program. Dozens of children who once struggled to receive any education are now enrolled or preparing to enroll in university. More students attend university every year. Older students enrolled in vocational training have a 100 percent job placement rate.
Target demographics: impoverished families, kids
Geographic areas served: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Programs: education, health care, nutritional programs, vocational training, leadership skills, and family assistance.
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2 people found this review helpful
I have just returned from another trip to visit one of the kids I sponsor at CCF, as with my previous visits this one was really memorable but the thing that stands out this time is the way the whole community gets help and not just the kids.
I visited the World housing project which was fantastic and is helping entire families as well as visiting one of the outreach schools and learnt about the granny program and the subsidised rice scheme. I can't wait for my next trip as I already have an idea of some of the other projects in the pipeline and always look forward to seeing how the entire dump community is being lifted out of poverty by the dedication shown by Scott and his team.
The more I learn about CCF the happier I am to see what my sponsorship money is achieving and would highly recommend that any child sponsors who read this post spend the time to visit their sponsored child and get to learn more about the workings of CCF
2 people found this review helpful
Last february I and my family got the opportunity to travel to Cambodia, and it was the great opportunity to meet our sponsored children and the CCF's team member. Coming from France (sorry for my poor english) we were very enthusiastic to see with our own eyes own CCF works and care of the children. It was really a wonderful experience. We could visit the community center and different places, we were warmly welcome and our guide from CCF was very kind and competent.
in the afternoon, we could go to Phnom Penh with our sponsored children, made some shopping together and shared a very nice moment around a refreshing icecream!
Besides that, I just want to give my testimony about my experience : the CCF's action for poor children is very serious, all people work with passion and heart, and we could see how many children and families are helped. Thanks to CCF to handle such difficult work on the long term, their organisation is really great and efficient.
Warm regards to everybody, hope to see you again next year!
2 people found this review helpful
Volunteering with CCF in early 2015 gave me the chance to see first-hand the amazing work being done by CCF in the Steung Meanchey community. As well as educating and caring for more than 2,200 children, CCF operates a broad spectrum of community services that support the families to keep the kids in school. The staff really do ‘work from the heart’, with an underlying belief that CCF children can be the next generation of Cambodian leaders. It is clear that CCF's work with these kids is truly life changing - breaking the cycle of poverty and providing them with the opportunities they deserve.
CCF not only changes the lives of children in Cambodia, but the lives of everyone that come into contact with this amazing NGO. I was inspired by the founder's story and the positive impact of this charity. I've just finished 6 months volunteering in Phnom Penh; everyday was a bonus. My life has been enriched by meeting and working with wonderful, beautiful children, teachers and volunteers. To be able not only to witness, but to be part of this team was a dream come true. At times, I used to stand in awe, hope being restored and communities rebuilt.
I recently spent 6 weeks volunteering with CCF and was most impressed by the broad and diverse range of services they offer to the whole community in the Steung Meanchey area of Phnom Penh. The staff are incredibly dedicated and hard working and have a real dedication to changing the lives of those they work with. I believe CCF is bringing real change to the lives of many families and individuals and are providing an opportunity for many children to break out of the poverty cycle and have hope for the future.
On my recent visit (Feb 2015), I was continually impressed by CCF and can say that CCF definitely 'far exceeded my expections!' I was impressed by what I knew about CCF and by their top ratings as a charity before going to Phnom Penh. Now I am more impressed than I thought possible having seen CCF in action. Anyone donating or sponsoring through CCF should be confident their funds are being put to the best use possible and should be proud to be a part of such an incredible program making a huge difference! I feel like sponsorship with CCF not only helps the child but also will have a positive impact for the country of Cambodia. CCF provides the best chance for the child to grow into an educated, socially aware adult who can become a positive contributor to society with great potential to help improve life for other Cambodians. CCF has created a burgeoning ecosystem of stewardship that seems constantly expanding due to the ceaseless perseverance of Scott Neeson and luckily the amazing team of CCF employees, which includes some of the first CCF graduates, which I also think is wonderful! I love the interaction via email and Skype with my sponsored child. He is a part of our family and it is great to watch him growing and learning right along with my daughter. CCF helps tons of children that do not have sponsors so I love that my donation goes to help them all. I could not be happier with my choice to be a sponsor/donor to CCF!
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Several years ago I first visited CCF with a skeptical mind. I had read a lot about the orphanage business in Cambodia and was determined to ensure that any organisation I was supporting actually helped children and didn't seek to exploit the poor. After my first tour, I was blown away by the wholistic nature of CCF, its many facilities including education, healthcare, vocational programs and much more, and most of all its happy, well looked after kids. I was so impressed I not only sponsored a child, but applied to volunteer. Having just returned from 3 months at CCF, I can say my skeptical mind has been put to rest. CCF is truly life changing for the kids that are fortunate enough to be looked after by its selfless and hardworking staff. The greatest testament to CCF's model are the first generation of children who have been raised at CCF and are now graduating into the real world. They are smart, confident and eloquent young people who speak fluent English and have a desire to give back to the organisation that helped them become the people they are. I can see the cycle of poverty being broken and vision of a sustainable NGO coming into fruition. These children are Cambodia's future, a cause truly worth supporting.
My husband and I have been CCF sponsors of a child for seven years. We have been able to make two visits to see our beautiful, sponsored daughter. On our most recent visit, we were fortunate to tour several classrooms with children learning English, the day care, and the bakery training facility for CCF teens interested in learning a trade. We also spent wonderful time with our child and her friends. CCF is a model-run non-profit which gives hope and a future to the children it serves.
I have sponsored a child at CCF for 3 years. When my schedule allowed, I flew over to volunteer. I have just completed 5 months volunteering In Phnom Penh. This has been a life-changing experience... it is such a special place and organization. There are millions of non-profits out there. I think it is possible that a few may be as good as CCF. However, I can promise you that it is impossible for one to be better. Impossible! The kids are so inspirational. Scott Neeson talks the talk and walks the walk (every night).
3 people found this review helpful
I am absolutely in awe of everything Cambodian Children's Fund manages to accomplish with such limited resources. It's biggest success, however, is the confidence, security and hope its programs give an incredibly marginalized group of children. Congratulations and keep up the good work!