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Cambodian Children's Fund

Rating: 4.92 stars   153 reviews 11,216

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Address:

2461 Santa Monica Blvd. PMB 833 Santa Monica CA 90404 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to break cycles of poverty and abuse and to create positive change in Cambodia through intervention & education for the most impoverished and under-served children and families.

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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Rating: 1 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Recent survey data from Lumos (headed by J. K. Rowlings, yes that J. K. Rowlings) showed the following outcomes for children who grew up in institutions:

1 in 3 became homeless

1 in 5 had a criminal record

1 in 10 committed suicide

1 in 7 became involved in prostitution

In 2014 this group took in over $30,000 per day. They have taken over 700 children from their families to be raised in institutional care. Their support for the families is very small, mostly consisting of a small amount of rice. Support organizations, that help families stay together, not organizations that take children from their families.

 
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17 people found this review helpful

This organization has taken over 700 children from their families, to be raised in institutional care. If you think that is such a good idea, then please send your own children to institutional care. In 2013, they raised over $10.6M or nearly $30,000 per DAY 365 days a year.

This organization has as the head of its child protection unit (CPU), a convicted felon who stole drugs and money while he worked in drug enforcement for the Australian Crime Commission. According to 'The Australian', he fled to Cambodia after the PIC hearings and was informally extradited back to Australia to stand trial last year (2007). The full article is here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/ex-nca-cops-plea-deal-over-drug-sting/story-e6frg6o6-1111116525996

If you'd like to see how CCF actually deals with the impoverished, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve280RWEV5w

Does anyone think that this is a great example of management that you want to give your hard earned money to??

 
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17 people found this review helpful

haha, they have $6.1 million in cash and investments. $11.8 million in total assets, and YOU think they need your money!! Was it PT Barnham that said, 'There is a fool born every minute"?

CCF (Cambodian Children's Fund) has as the head of its child protection unit (CPU), a convicted felon who stole drugs and money while he worked in drug enforcement for the Australian Crime Commission. According to 'The Australian', he fled to Cambodia after the PIC hearings and was informally extradited back to Australia to stand trial last year (2007). The full article is here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/ex-nca-cops-plea-deal-over-drug-sting/story-e6frg6o6-1111116525996

If you'd like to see how CCF actually deals with the impoverished, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve280RWEV5w

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

CCF does a great job in providing security, health and education to the poorest kids of Steung Meanchey who would otherwise have few hopes for the future. It is great to be able to donate with confidence, and to visit and see exactly how our money is used to help turn so many lives around.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My family and I, who sponsor five CCF children, have just returned from our second visit to CCF and we are overwhelmed by the care, compassion and responsible governance demonstrated throughout this organisation.
As well as spending precious time with our sponsor children, we had the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with senior staff and to visit some of the newer facilities that we did not see on our previous visit. We witnessed the enormous progress that is being made by CCF in providing an amazing educational and community resource, and we were once again impressed by the diligence with which the CCF philosophy of ethics, duty of care and community engagement is applied throughout the organisation.
Reviews of CCF submitted on August 17 (presumably all by the same person) are factually wrong and seriously misleading. Regarding the comment about James McCabe made by this reviewer, and reference to a newspaper article from 2008, a more recent article from December 2013 provides a fairer perspective - see http://www.theage.com.au/national/james-mccabe-is-on-a-mission-to-protect-abused-cambodian-kids-20131130-2yiyq.html.
Regarding comments about institutionalisation of children, it is salient to note that by far the majority of CCF kids live with their parents, albeit in impoverished conditions. I have visited the homes of some of these families, and seen conditions which are almost impossible to convey in words. It is humbling to see the strength and love within many of these families, despite their dire circumstances . However, as in any community there are also families and children affected by drug addiction, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, violence and neglect. It is children in such extreme circumstances, whose lives and well-being are at risk, who are accepted for full time care at CCF. There are also children (including one of our sponsor children) whose parents struggle to care for them at home full time and these children live at CCF during the week and return to their families at the weekend and for holidays. There is no doubt at all in my mind that CCF regards family as the core of the community. The organisation works ceaselessly to provide family support in many ways - free maternal care, care for the elderly, free health and medical care, provision of food and clean drinking water, financial assistance with paying off debts, and low-rent secure housing for at-risk families, to mention only some of its outreach activities. Even after our two visits I know that we have only seen a very small part of the work done by CCF to support families and the local community.
CCF far exceeds what I could have imagined possible for an NGO and is built on solid foundations that I am sure will assist Cambodian children and their families for generations to come. Happy to give it five stars.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Volunteering at CCF was such an incredible experience. Scott and his staff are extremely passionate about helping the children in Steung Meanchey, and it was inspiring to hear from the children and actually see how they have changed during their time at CCF. I highly recommend this organization to potential donors, sponsors and volunteers!

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting CCF. I was very happy to meet the girl I sponsor. What impressed me about CCF overall was the dedication of the staff who are clearly doing a great job. I got to see the medical surgery that is available free of charge to any member of the local Steung Meanchey community. I also got to see the library and computer facilities available to the kids and learnt about the many outreach programs supporting children and families in the community including the Granny’s program to provide support and dignity to older members of the community who contribute so much to caring for young children. In my opinion CCF is an outstanding organisation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

29 people found this review helpful

My family began sponsoring children through CCF about 3 years ago. We started with 3 boys who were all around the same age as my own boys (10 / 8 and 5) then we expanded our Cambodian family about a year ago with the addition of our 14 year old sponsor girl.
In March 2015 we made the trip from Perth to Phnom Penh so we could meet these little wonders who we had been corresponding with for so long. It only took perhaps 10 minutes before my children and our sponsor children became mates. They weren't able to communicate effectively through language but they created their own language. The language of fun! They played for hours at an indoor play centre in Phnom Penh and we all had a lovely meal afterwards with a cake that CCF had organised to celebrate my son's 8th birthday.
The following day we visited one of the CCF community centres. My husband and I were both very emotional and incredibly proud to be associated with this organisation. The facilities that we witnessed in only 1 of the many community centres were exceptional and the much needed health care provided to the people who need it most was comprehensive. Even down to a tap providing fresh water for anyone in the community to access and a playground that children in the area could visit in the evenings to ensure they had a safe place to play. Amazing, amazing, amazing!
Our final visit with our sponsor children was the day we regretfully left Phnom Penh. The children and their chaperone arrived at our hotel for a swim and some lunch. It was Easter Sunday for us so we hid some lollies in the garden and gave each child a basket to collect them. The wonder on their faces I will never forget!
Without a doubt our connection with CCF has been the most rewarding experience of our lives so far. We wish we could sponsor more children and most definitely will visit again in the future.
Scott Neeson and his team have created a magnificent charity.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

33 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

 
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32 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!

 
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