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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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.
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.
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).
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On my third trip to Cambodia I was lucky enough to visit the head office, co-sponsored world housing project, and new Rice Academy school. The thing that makes CCF stand out above similar non-profits is the holistic and focused nature of their intervention. They are lifting whole communities out of their distressing poverty through a mix of education, health, nutrition and employment. They do not over extend but ensure they have a genuinely trans formative impact on those they serve. If you are looking for a Cambodian charity to support then I highly recommend this one.
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After sponsoring a child for a year, I was fortunate enough to be able to go on holiday to Cambodia. As part of this trip I visited the CCF facilities in Phnom Penh. Wow. I knew CCF did great work, but I didn't realize quite how much they were doing, how big an effect this was having, and how large a scale they were now working. The children were so happy and clearly now developing to become happy and productive members of society. But CCF was doing much more than this. It isn't just a intervention to help individual children - although of course it does this - it is also helping the communities they come from to create lasting change and not just try and treat the symptom. I spent the morning with the child I sponsor and his brother (who I now also sponsor - beware of visiting as you will end up being unable not to sponsor more!) the CCF staff were brilliant in setting up such a memorable and emotional trip. The two children I sponsor clearly love their new life and seeing them develop, and CCFs central role in this, was incredibly moving. Cambodia has suffered, and continues to suffer. CCF is one of the most effective charities I have seen anywhere in the world at making a genuine difference.
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I recently travelled to cambodia to teach PE with ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education). I believe that this organisation succeeds in their mission to assist children and provide them with education , food and clothing in hopes that they will be the change in the future generation of Cambodia. Where suffering, inequality are seen throughout the country it is good to see these children given a chance at life. My 3rd year teaching i have fallen in love with these children and can see that CCF has changed the outlook on lives with smiles that can light up darkness. I am grateful that i have been a part of this organisation and i can't imagine what would be of these children if it wasn't there. As Nelson Mandella quotes ; education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and in this case educating these children will hopefully one day turn Cambodia into a equal and bright country. My world has changed by working with CCF and i can only imagine half of what it has done with the children.
I just spent a few days volunteering with CCF. I could see the money going directly to help the community. The children were absolutely beautiful and it was obvious that CCF was well known and respected throughout the area.
Cambodian Children's Fund is an amazing organisation on every level. The CEO Scott Neeson and, Country Manager and all others who work in a paid or voluntary capacity truly 'work from the heart'. The generosity of spirit, the commitment to the children, families and the community and the highly ethical way of doing things cannot fail to leave one in awe. I had the enormous privilege of working with CCF for a year and the experience was life-changing. I have the greatest of respect for all CCF staff and intend to go back as the experience of working with such an impressive team is incredible. The way the children are respected, supported and nurtured in every way results in real changes in their lives and really enables them to have a realistic vision of themselves as tomorrow's leaders. The joy I experienced when celebrating with the children at the monthly 'community party night' was just priceless . Scott and the leadership team are highly accountable and very conscious of the need to use donor funds efficiently to get real outcomes for the children - it is a very well managed organisation where there is constant striving to improve and build on the great systems in place. Once you experience it, remains as an important part of your life forever.
I have been involved with the Cambodian Children's Fund for close to five years, initially as a donor and sponsor of two children, and later as a volunteer as well. I first became a donor because, from my research, I felt CCF did not waste its funds, but used its resources to directly impact children's lives through education, food programs and outreach to the families in the community as a whole. But I wanted to know more and see for myself - so I went to Phnom Penh to witness every aspect of the operation, visiting the classrooms, medical facility, residences and the children's families in the community. I then became involved in volunteer work, which has taken me back to CCF many times over the past two years. I feel I have gotten to know the staff and operations well and can definitely say that this is truly a hands-on organization where no resources are wasted, and each child is treated as an individual who deserves to be given every opportunity possible to effectively take charge of his or her life. The kids are so eager for a chance at education and to see them growing year after year into eductated, motivated young adults makes it undeniably clear that CCF is achieving its goals.