I've been privileged to be a part of CFC since 2008 when I first heard Jamie Amelio speak about her promise made to Cambodia, a promise for better education and hope for the future. I was captivated instantly and after one service trip to CFC schools, I knew that I had to do something more. I've now worked for CFC on three continents and I feel lucky that my role is to help spread awareness of its progress and programs, and to highlight all those around the world who help in ways big and small. I believe in CFC's mission -- education is the key to change and progress and equal opportunity. I also believe in CFC's integrity as an organization. Our founder, the staff on the ground in Siem Reap, the executive team and the countless volunteers around the globe -- all connected with a common purpose for Cambodian's future. This is a class act.
CFC is an amazing organization run by the nicest and most caring and generous people. I have spent time with many of them and know that they are very dedicated and will never stop working to improve the lives of Cambodian children. I cannot say enough good things about this nonprofit. It is wonderful and doing incredible work!
I have been associated with Caring for Cambodia since their inception in 2003, when I was introduced to this wonderful NGO while living in Singapore. I was moved by the passion and generosity of it's founder, Jamie Amelio and her desire to provide education to a country so in need of mentors and educators!! CFC started with just one primary school and with the help of its financial supporters and volunteers, CFC is now providing world class education in 21 safe, clean and well-equipped schools for over 6,400 children. But we need the help of more financial supports and volunteers!! Please consider joining this incredible organization!!
Caring for Cambodia is an incredible NGO that I am so very proud to have worked with for over 2 years. An almost unprecedented 91 cents on the dollar goes straight to our programs. Our administrative costs are kept to such a minimum because of the team of dedicated and talented individuals who volunteer their time and expertise for us all around the world. Every program we introduce has the goal of sustainability and the ability ultimately to be integrated throughout Cambodia's entire educational system.
Caring for Cambodia is an incredible mission run by tireless individuals. I have been involved with CFC for 5 years and have been continuously surprised, impressed and humbled by their organization in Siem Reap. Their efforts have directly contributed to the well-being of hundreds, in not thousands, of children– and by extension: their families, their city and the entire country. A truly admirable nonprofit run by truly admirable souls.
Caring for Cambodia is an excellent, transparent, life changing charitable organization that I am so proud to be a very small part of, as a volunteer. Together, we can all make a difference and help educate the children and also help them give themselves a bright future ahead, as well as making friends and widening our horizons. The team have been amazing and really welcomed me on board with open arms and I can't thank them enough.
I first found out about CFC when I was on a flight to Siem Reap and saw a school trip from Tanglin all in their orange CFC t-shirts going out to do a project in a CFC school. I was so impressed that when I saw an advertisement on 'Expat Giving' for Volunteers for this organisation, I jumped at the chance! I am now their Fairs Coordinator and use the wonderful opportunity to participate in various trade fairs in Singapore to raise awareness about who we are and what we do.
Caring for Cambodia is unique among NGOs in education in Cambodia. First, CFC partners with the government, so that all schools are free to the students and the curriculum is Cambodia's own. CFC does not establish a private, tuition-charging system but works with the system already in place. Second, CFC invests in people! The teacher training program draws on international best practices, that are shared with Cambodian teachers by practicing teachers and researchers from Singapore, the US, Canada and beyond. I have heard Cambodian teachers describing their new hands-on skills in the classroom with delight - and they are definitely delighted by the results: students who are totally engaged with learning, and are scoring well on exams. Third - CFC is almost entirely volunteer-run! People from all around the globe contribute time and their professional expertise, usually because they have travelled to Cambodia, seen the need, and are moved to action. Finally, CFC works to remove barriers to education. If a child cannot go to school because the family can't afford a uniform, CFC will provide it. Two nutritious meals a day at school means that families want children to go, to eat and to learn. There are many other ways in which CFC supports Cambodian teachers and students in their quest to learn 21st century skills and achieve. I hope others will be motivated to learn more about this nonprofit, and become involved.
I have been volunteering with CFC for 6 years. This NGO is making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Cambodian children and their families. CFC helps both the individual child by providing eye glasses, when needed, potable water, access to healthcare, highly trained teachers and social workers, but them also has an impact on all the children in Cambodia in their capacity as the Model School for Cambodia, training administrators and teachers across the entire country.
CFC works hard to be transparent, to focus on capacity building of local staff, and to think of the sustainable end game of replication and handover, and they achieve at a high level on all of these points. They make a huge, lasting impact on all the students who go through their schools, but their greatest legacy will be all the students country-wide who will benefit from CFC techniques and programs eventually being integrated into the broader system.