Cambodian Children's Fund
Rating: 5 stars 145 reviews
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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We sponsor a child at CCF and have nothing but praise for what they are doing and the way they go about it. We are in regular contact with 'our boy' via email and hope we are helping with his language development and general encouragement around schoolwork and sport. We also visited CCF ourselves during a recent visit to Cambodia and could see for ourselves the way the charity was run. They deserve full credit for their work, which seems to be expanding all the time.
I volunteered at CCF for two months in 2014 and have nothing but glowing praise and admiration for their approach to serving the people of Phnom Penh. My time at their headquarters was spent working closely with all levels of the organisation, from direct beneficiaries to the director. From this experience I have to say that beyond the obvious sophistication and thoroughness of the CCF's approach to the work being done, it was the palpable organisation-wide dedication to the core mission of creating brighter futures for the children of Cambodia - above and beyond standard job tasks, obligations and day-to-days - that really struck me as the secret ingredient to the success of a special group of people.
I first visited CCF in 2012 and was so blown away by the incredible work the team does I went back in 2013 to work with them for 4 months. Even in the space of a year CCF had developed and continued to expand helping even more children in need of a safe and reliable environment. Not only does CCF help children in need but it is one of the only organizations that facilitates families as well, emphasizing the need for a strong family foundation. CCF continues to amaze me and my time working there will forever be cherished.
I have just had the privilege of visiting CCF for the second time. I organise an overseas study tour each year for students each year which has, as an integral part, a community project component. For the past 2 years CCF has been one of our groups that we support - through sponsorship and other activities. The tour group spends time with CCF students and accompanies them on a tour of the various facilities. This day is always a highlight for the students and almost all of them say it changes their lives and gives them the incentive to continue supporting such organisations as they enter post school life. For me personally, it restores my faith in humanity and I am in absolute awe of the work Scott and the CCF team do, but more importantly I am in awe of the students themselves. Their resilience and dignity is astonishing.
I had the life changing experience of visiting CCF last month. One of my dear friends was moving to Phnom Penh and volunteering for 6 months with this NPO, so I went out with her before she started work and toured the Country. My lasting impression of Cambodia is not Angkor Wat or the coastline but the amazing work that this organisation is doing. I often hear people say "what difference can one person make" well Mr Neeson you have made an amazing difference to a great many people.
It was a real pleasure to meet the child that I sponsor and her brother and see at first hand how CCF helps her whole family and indeed the community. I am looking forward to following their progress. Many people have asked me about my trip and I find myself talking for 1 minute about the places i visited and 20 minutes about this organisation. If I can pass on your enthusiasm and passion about your work to one person that then becomes a Donor I will feel that I have enriched not only the life of the child they sponsor but the Donor's too, just as the experience has enriched mine.
I had the great joy of visiting Cambodian Children's Fund for the second time in September this year. I was taken on a tour of a number of the facilities. Having worked in the social work field for 10 years + myself, I have the greatest admiration for what CCF continues to achieve. CCF has grown over time to meet the complex needs of the community it serves. It meets basic needs such as daily nutrition and medical care but its long term focus is on educating the children so that they are the leaders of tomorrow. A truly noble pursuit. You have no doubt when you have visited that the children and families are in great hands with CCF. My sincere thanks to Scott and his team for all that they do! Tess Q
I visited CCF in August 2013. I am a former child protection worker in Australia and a current sponsor for a family through CCF. While the Facebook posts from CCF and Scott provide a snapshot of the wonderful work they do, a visit allowed me to see the grand scale of the work. I met wonderful CCF staff who were incredibly kind and generous with their time. I was also privileged to have some of the older children take me on a tour of one of the facilities and explain the impact CCF has had on their lives. The CCF facilities are absolutely joyous places, difficult to describe other than that you are surrounded by hundreds of smiling faces and you leave with no doubt whatsoever that the kids are loved, they know it and they are in a very good place. I was always impressed with CCF but after my visit its hard not to sound too much like a zealot as it was just such a wonderful experience. Thank you to everyone at CCF and keep up your wonderful work! Tess
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I would change nothing. CCF knows exactly what it's doing and is constantly responding to the needs of the children.
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I was given a very detailed tour around the CCF center 1 and 5. I am very impressed with the facilities CCF have provided for the children. This NPO helps some of the needy families in Phnom Penh by providing them basic needs and education for the children. The kids have chances to learn computer skills, learn from volunteers all over the world and get themselves expose to the outside world thru internet and word of mouth from the voulunteers. I will continue to give my support and wish CCF to continue reaching out the other families in need.
I recently had the pleasure and honor to volunteer with CCF for 6 weeks. CCF is an amazing organization that is committed to the Cambodian people and ensuring their basic needs are met. CCF goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of the families served by CCF. The staff I worked with during my time at CCF are compassionate and dedicated to CCF and the families they serve. I was welcomed with warmth and respect. The staff were amazing! I gained so much from my experience with CCF and plan to return to volunteer again!
I was a volunteer at CCF during January and February of 2014. My position was to work with the teachers and children in the nursery school. Sometimes it was hot and dusty, sometimes the children were sick, sometimes the activities felt challenging, but ALWAYS the smiling faces of the children and their eagerness to learn, more than made up for the occasional inconvenience. It was a humbling and enriching experience.
My husband and I just returned from two months of volunteering at CCF. We were English teachers for children ranging in age from three to sixteen. The days were long and warm, the classrooms stark, and since we were there in the winter there was plenty of dust. These small challenges were more than compensated by the enthusiasm of the children to learn and the teachers, who we assisted, to teach. It was a wonderful experience and one that we highly recommend. We came away feeling as if we had received more than we had given.
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I have volunteered at CCF on four seperate occassions over four years. CCF provides wonderful opportunities for those that they look after. What is most impressive, is their focus on helping the whole family, not just the children enrolled in school. This may include, providing an older child skills to cook in the bakery or for the mother to work in the garment factory or in the daycare centre.
CCF provides a supportive and nurturing environment where children that are born into poverty, are provided with opportunities to break that cycle and through access to education and improved health are equipped with the skills to take control of their lives and create a new path that can include completing school, going to university and working in a job.
CCF children are fantastic leaders. I have observed first hand the importance and connection that the older children at CCF have with the younger children. They are able to remember what it was like for them to start at CCF when they were young and in turn they provide support and care to the new children. This self-sustaining community is one of CCF's greatest strengths.
I am so glad that I have the opportunity to volunteer at CCF and observe the development of all individuals in their care and the improvement in their quality of life thanks to the hard work of CCF.