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December 30, 2012

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December 30, 2012

The Don Bosco vocational center in Kep is a place, where you have to be. In Oktober/November 2012 I was there and taught students radio journalism. It was a great event and a great experience for me. During teaching I learnt a lot about the aims of the Salesians and I was very impressed. Kep is a place of education, of responsibility, of solidarity with the poorest, and also a place of humour and friendship. By the way , Cambodia came nearer, the culture of the country, his history. I think, this has to do with the philosophy of the Salesians. They don`t want do dominate people, they want, to understand people and to help them with education and more knowledge. So I am very thankful, personally Father Albeiro, and i wish him, now far away from Kep in the rainy and cold Berlin, success for his plan, to found a cultural radio station. A great idea and very helpful for the development of Cambodia and also for the people, who lives around the Don Bosco Vocational Center in Kep.
In friendship Wolfgang Bauernfeind and Uti Hennecke

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 1, 2012

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February 25, 2011

As the volunteer coordinator for CFC in Singapore, I have the opportunity to meet almost all of our volunteers. They are all hard working people who are dedicated to changing the template for educati... more

March 1, 2012

I am continually amazed by the work done by CFC. What particularly inspires me in my work with CFC, is that so much is done by Cambodians themselves. The mission of CFC is go give a hand up, not a hand out, and this mission is demonstrated every day in Siem Reap. You see teachers working hard for their students, parents making sacrifices so that their children can attend the schools, and most importantly students who are so grateful for the opportunity to attend school. This was clearly demonstrated during flood season when parents, teachers, students and volunteers ALL worked together to get things cleaned up so that kids could back to school quickly.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 25, 2011

As the volunteer coordinator for CFC in Singapore, I have the opportunity to meet almost all of our volunteers. They are all hard working people who are dedicated to changing the template for education in Cambodia. There are so many different ways to volunteer and to make a difference. The reason CFC works is that CFC works directly with the government to emphasize the importance of effective teacher training as a means of improving education. When you visit their schools, you see that they have not simply built a school and walked away, like many NGOs, but they have provided long term support and training for the Cambodian teachers, who are then able to train other teachers. Our volunteers see this, and they are motivated to keep helping.

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many ways. I have seen the faces of the children in Cambodia and the faces of the teachers. They are thrilled with the clean classrooms, the clean water, the bikes and the skilled teachers. They are thrilled to learn and I hope that just continues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build a stronger infrastructure that is not dependent on a transient volunteer community.

March 1, 2011
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March 1, 2011
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I have high praise for the work that CFC does, not only in Cambodia but around the world. I visited a CFC school five years ago and from the time my feet touched the soil on that school site, the children of Cambodia touched my heart. I was so smitten with the people and impressed by this NGO I ended up working with CFC in Cambodia as the Director of Teacher Training. We do not have smart offices, we do not sit at computers we work at grass root level with the teachers in their classrooms. We work alongside the Ministry of Education in Cambodia to help delvier a curriculum that is already in place. We train teachers to deliver this curriculum in a Child Friendly Classroom / School. When approaching training in this way we empower the Cambodian teachers to learn and reach out to their own people. Hand in hand with this teacher training comes training for the mothers in the vilages and their preschool children, focusing on Health and Hygiene but also on "The Whle Child". Caring For Cambodia is made up of a huge number of people around the whole who were touched by the plight of the people in Cambodia and who simply want to give them a Hand Up. The success of this NGO is glaringly apparent when you visit the schools and observe in classrooms. The future of the next generation is in the hands of these dedicated teachers of Cambodia.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the everyday running of these schools. I have witnessed incredible growth in the professionalism of teaching. I have observed the cascading effect of training in these governement schools, where Mentor teachers are training their colleagues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

supply more resources to the women of the villages surrounding the CFC schools, to enable them to access education for themsleves and their young children.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

What they all said! These reviewers have all shared so eloquently their experiences with and impressions of CFC. They do a beautiful job of describing the mission, the work and the successes.

We visited several schools in January, 2011, however, as tourists, not really knowing what to
expect. One of my questions to a staff member was why has CFC managed to survive and thrive when so many non-profits do not. Her response was that, in her opinion, it was through the personal and financial committment, of course, but also by learning from their early mistakes -- working until they got it right. They have definitely done that! We were so impressed by what they are doing and how they are doing it, including by working in existing government schools. I was also surprised by the insight of needing to remain true to and focused on the mission of the organization when one could easily be distracted by seeing all of the unmet needs surrounding them on a daily basis. I also believe that by being slow and steady in their growth have probably aided in their success as well. And of course, it was heartwarming to see the joy and excitement in the faces of the children and the teachers and staff that we met.

I believe CFC is changing far more lives than they will ever be able to imagine, and I will definitely be supporting their work financially. I wish I was not half a world away so that I could do more than that!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

simply visiting and seeing the on-going progress of their efforts.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer suggestions to supporters of simple ways they can help in bringing awareness of CFC to others.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 24, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011
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My role as CEO of a global corporation means I work 70 hours a week and travel 70% of the time. Despite that, I never fail to find time for Caring for Cambodia-- it is that important. Imagine a whole nation that wiped out its teachers. That nation would have no future at all. Cambodia, with the help of Caring for Cambodia, is rebuilding that future through building schools and training teachers today.

I first encountered CFC several years ago in Cambodia when I and 450 colleagues descended on Siem Reap on a global corporate summit and service mission. We painted some of the CFC schools, met the kids and built playgrounds. We visited the classes and donated hundreds of shiny new bicycles which the kids promptly painted.

I was honored when I was asked to join the board. I knew that my time is so limited that I would have to choose wisely. This choice has an enormous, outsized impact though. Just imagine the generations o kids who will now have access to top-flight teachers trained by the world's best. They have computer labs and nutritious meals. They will become tomorrow's teachers, entrepreneurs and leaders.

The aspects that most impressed me were the thoroughness coupled with selflessness. Everything is handled with precision and tremendous heart. The schools are solely for the Cambodian children with no other motives--not religious, not political. The schools' superintendent, Savvy, is a Cambodian man of inspiring commitment. The teacher training is effective and sustainable complete with incentives for self-improvement and development. The Western world could learn a lot from the Caring for Cambodia teacher incentive model.

An ingenious aspect of CFC is their understanding of the need to engage the whole community, making sure the parents and extended families are brought into the schools for learning opportunities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the quarterly progress across all fronts, from the new schools going up, to the upgrade in water and facilities, seen the progress in teacher development.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The unpaid volunteer army assisting CFC is large and passionate. I would love to see CFC now leverage social media even more, which I believe it will in 2011.

December 1, 2010

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December 1, 2010

Caring For Cambodia (CFC) (FIN #20-3645945) is a responsible and worthy organization. I've supported CFC on several levels. In Cambodia, I've been on work site projects, toured the school facilities, personally have met the teaching staff and in-country director and have helped serve school children with CFC's Food For Thought program. I currently am responsible for all financial recording, reporting and treasury functions of the organization. I am a donor. CFC is doing great things for the people and children of Cambodia. Through their work, they are correcting many wrongs of Cambodia's past. Through this work, they are literally helping to change the face of a nation. This work is setting Cambodia on a course for real economic development. Knowing all of this, along with the intimate understanding of the finances, strategic plans, personal knowledge of the board members and their direction and support, CFC is a 501 (c)(3) most worthy of your support. The organization can be reached at info@caringforcambodia.org. The CFC Mission Statement: Caring for Cambodia (CFC) believes that when knowledge cannot be handed down, it must be handed out. We work to educate one child at a time today, to make a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. We create and sustain safe, modern, technologically equipped schools; mentor and professionally train teachers; and fund supplies and other tools needed to teach those who want to learn. CFC provides educational opportunities for Cambodian children so they may reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their communities.

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See review above.

October 1, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
October 1, 2010
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I have worked as a volunteer for CFC since 2003, and I proudly sit on the current Board of Directors. I have enough passion and first hand experience with all aspects of the schools to write for pages, but I note that several dedicated CFC supporters have written eloquently about their personal experiences at the schools. For every account you read here, there are hundreds more. Instead, I would like to come from a slightly different angle and shed additional light on a few of the unique and innovative programs that set CFC apart in Cambodia. There are numerous, worthy organizations at work in Cambodia that address the fundamental obstacles that keep children from staying in school. CFC is a leader among them. Our students receive a daily, nutritious meal, compulsory school uniforms, well maintained classrooms, clean drinking water, lavatories, and bicycles for transport to and from school. These ongoing programs (and others which address pressing basic needs) were among our first steps and they have worked. Our attendance rates far exceed national averages. However, the quality of what takes place in our classrooms day to day is what has truly set us apart. CFC schools are government schools that use the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) curriculum. These curriculum documents are impressive by any standard; however the gap between the worthy goals of the curriculum and the experience level of our government teachers is wide, making the curriculum unattainable. CFC pinpointed teacher training as the fundamental solution to this gap, and it is has been effective. CFC’s teacher training efforts started in 2004, with a pilot teacher training workshop for five CFC kindergarten teachers, delivered by three international teachers based in Singapore. Six years later that pilot project has blossomed into a well-established international exchange program involving nearly 100 Cambodian educators of all grade levels, MoEYS officials, and a corps of more than 100 talented teachers based in Singapore, where CFC was founded. Singapore is not only Cambodia’s geographic neighbor, but it is a hub of quality educators from around the world who teach at state of the art local and international schools. CFC has found a creative way to leverage this concentration of educational talent. CFC’s Teacher Training Program supports two Teacher Training Centers in Siem Reap and a full time Director of Teacher Training. The Director oversees the individualized, daily professional development of all teachers at CFC schools. She is also the liaison with CFC’s Singapore-based teacher trainers who make regular trips to the schools to conduct hands-on workshops with the Cambodian teachers and MoEYS officials. Likewise, the same Cambodian teachers travel to their colleagues’ schools in Singapore for observations and ongoing professional support. The Singapore based teacher trainers come from the US, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada to list a few. One friend described it as a “UN for teachers.” This innovative approach has brought about a sustainable transformation in the quality of the teaching at the CFC schools. More recently, CFC established an innovative partnership with Lehigh University’s Comparative and International Education program (CIE) in their College of Education. One goal of the CFC-CIE partnership is to narrow the gap between quality educational research and effective implementation of research findings. Currently two graduate level courses are focused on needs specific to CFC students. I am currently enrolled in one of these classes as a CFC member (an outstanding opportunity available to all members). We are researching the labor market in Siem Reap, so that CFC can better serve its students as they graduate and transition into well paying jobs. The research is being conducted now, and the findings will be implemented this spring. Behind each of these innovative programs are more personal stories—of students, teachers, and parents whose lives have been transformed by the energy, professionalism and tangible hope the CFC schools have brought to their communities. CFC is committed to “going deep” with our efforts. It is a saying that is at the heart of our unflagging commitment to quality in everything we do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the CFC classrooms which have been transformed as a direct result of CFC's effective teacher training programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand opportunities for our Cambodian teachers to travel and observe international classrooms.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the incredible progress at the schools and observing a growing cadre of Cambodian teachers become mentors and leaders in the field of education.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, creative, foward-thinking and have stayed with CFC for the long run.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a profound impact on the way teachers are trained in Cambodia.

Ways to make it better...

I could speak Khmer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the funds necessary to sustain the pace of CFC's progress.

One thing I'd also say is that...

collaboration has been at the heart of CFC's success, and CFC's leadership sets that tone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

I have worked with Caring For Cambodia since the very beginning. A few of us started out by simply collecting,and distributing backpacks and uniforms to the children in Cambodia. Once I took my first trip there to distribute all we had collected I was hooked. It gets in your blood. The children simply wanted to go to school and to learn (something we all take for granted). I felt this was a cause that I could help and really make a difference. I remember the day we handed out uniforms. The children all stood in line according to their age. My son was 8 at the time and was instructed to distribute the backpacks to the boys who were his same age. There was a remarkable difference in the size of these children and my son. It was so obvious as they stood there. Clearly it was malnutrition. One of CFC's first goals was to be sure every child had at least one balanced meal a day before they started school. This goal has been met and today CFC feeds over 5000 students a day before school starts with their "Food For Thought" program. The organization today has grown so much since those initial days. It now has a professional board that sets the strategy and oversees all the operations. CFC started with 1 school and now is supporting 8. Their teacher training program is what has made a difference. Cambodian teachers now hold their heads high as they feel they are professionals. They are learning how to put together a child friendly classroom, make teaching materials, and to use different teaching strategies. These mentor teachers are teaching their peers. CFC's philosophy is to give a hand up...not a hand out. It is working. I have had the chance to visit Cambodia many times and have been able to see the results first hand. My children have also visited many times working on projects and interacting with the kids. They now have life long friends! CFC is truly making a difference and I feel blessed that my family and I have the opportunity to be a part of it all.

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I have been to Cambodia many times working with the teachers and students, helping with projects etc. I have seen, with my own eyes, change in the attitudes,the health, and the hope for the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with people who truly care and are helping for the right reasons. Also, being able to see and experience the results of CFC's efforts. Making life long friends in Cambodia.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

bright, caring , generous people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's schools and programs so that more children can go to school...with focus on its highschool programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Cambodia was a cultural shock to me. Perhaps cause it is the first 3rd world country ive been to. Despite their humble backgrounds, people of cambodia are really friendly and always eager to learn. Though building a house for a local teacher and shifting sands here and there ain't no small feat for the us, but to see the smiles and appreciation from the locals at the end of the day makes everything all worth while.It was a really fruitful experience, to experience a different culture and lifestyle. To know certain things in life we have now are taken for granted. Ultimately i enjoyed my trip , cambodia is definitely a great place to visit and experience.

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Changes takes time and money, but the improvement the organization has brought to the lives of the local people is pretty astounding, especially with the amount of finance they have.The organization is doing really well. keep up the good work.!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

People, culture, simple life

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very very helpful and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the school and provide eduaction to a larger popluation

Ways to make it better...

the stay is longer

One thing I'd also say is that...

CSP IN CAMBODIA ..HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

The teachers and CFC staff were extremely passionate and truly believed in what they are doing! Though our job was physically demanding, it was definitely a good experience for many of us, who don't even have a chance to hold hammer back at home. The staffs were really helpful and patient with us, it was really a pleasure to have them guiding us through the entire construction process. My deepest impression of the trip was the interaction session with the children, bringing them around the village. The excitement and enthusiasm of the children, despite the simple activity, really touched me. It was amazing to learn about how CFC started out and how it eventually ended up with 6 schools (and counting) changing the lives of so many children. It was great to have volunteered with CFC and we'll definitely be back there again!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of Cambodian children that the CFC has reached out to, providing them with proper education that they otherwise would not have. Schools were extremely well managed and we could see that many plans were in placed to reach out to more children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give the dedicated teachers much more recognition for their tremendous contributions. gathering more people to go down to the schools and experience the needs of the children as well as the works of CFC.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and friendly!

Ways to make it better...

my trip was longer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

resource limitation, such as lack of teachers, finance, etc

One thing I'd also say is that...

CFC has done an excellent job so far, and i believe it will continue doing so.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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