Cambodian Children's Fund

Rating: 4.92 stars   153 reviews

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Location: 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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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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.

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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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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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16 people found this review helpful

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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7 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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10 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!

 
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9 people found this review helpful

I have been a child sponsor with Cambodian Children's Fund for 2 years. I am sponsoring beautiful 9 year old girl Srey Vy. Since I am currently living in Singapore I was able to manage visit my sponsored child 3 times. On the first visit I have been shown CCF facilities, introduced to program structure and I witnessed with my own eyes how things work and everything they describe on their website, Facebook posts, Twitter etc is true. I met the children in CFF facilities and I was in awe with positive aura all around. Later I met my sponsored child for the first time. If you are interested about my experiences I wrote an article here http://richardsimko.com/archive/visiting-cambodian-childrens-fund
Few months later I visited second time and again we had great time with my sponsored child again. Third visit happened in December 2014. I surprised Srey Vy with a birthday cake. She turned 9. CFF staff was very helpful in organizing this little surprise.
Generally being a sponsor with CFF is very rewarding experience. I have regular email communication with Srey Vy so I always know what is going on. A new email always brightens my day. I know I am making a difference here. Small one but difference it is. If you add lot of small contributions together then you really have power to make a change. And change there is. I am looking forward for more visits and continuing my support of Cambodian Children's Fund. I think it is one of the best charities out there.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I am involved with CCF little over a year, but I have been following them for much longer. Story of Scott Neeson is amazing and what he has done in Cambodia is nothing short of a miracle. I know because I visited CCF last year. I am sponsoring lovely 8 year old girl whom I visited 2 times already. I think it is the best spent money ever. Seeing those kids with happy smiles gives me great satisfaction and helping them helps me a lot too. I will continue my support for CCF because I could see with my own eyes that it realy does help and it gets where it is needed the most. If you feel you want to get involved in charity, consider CCF. It is money and time well spent.

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