I've been a Board Member for several years and have been consistently impressed by how much is being achieved with little funding. The organization has done a great job of evolving to providing numerous services, serving the entire child, while maintaining a focus on education and breaking the cycle of poverty.
For many of the poorest of the poor, CFI has a created a safe oasis for children who finally have a chance to grow and fully develop, as all children should.
I have been on the board of this charity for three years and watched it grow and develop into an amazing organization. CFI helps hundreds of children in Cambodia who are too poor to attend traditional school. CFI truly fills a niche and provides forgotten children with a chance. I have sponsored 2 children for years and would recommend CFI to anyone who really wants to make a difference. The are breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching these kids english and computer skills to help them get good, sustainable jobs so they can help themselves out of poverty and become leaders in their community. There's no religious affiliation and i can personally vouch for the founders' dedication and motivation - i have been personal friends with one of the the founders for almost 15 years and have watched him build CFI and dedicate his life to it.
I spent time at CFI 2 years ago and was amazed how Andrew and Jenny have created this space where 200 at-risk children have a chance to be children...to go to school, to play, to be exposed to music and dance and computers, to be respected. Some children had just learned how to play chess when I visited and beat me repeatedly. A soccer field had been cleared and it was quite a sight to see these barefoot children playing together as a team. These children have so many hardships to deal with but can find a safe and nurturing place at the center with a wonderful group of hardworking and passionate volunteers who really care.
Denny and I met cofounders Jenny and Andrew in Battambang 5 years ago. We were very impressed with their thoughtful efforts to help the children in Cambodia. We followed their progress on their website and after two years were able to spend a month volunteering with them. We were amazed at their progress in such a little time and with support of only a few donors. Since then we have been back each January to support their efforts. CFI is a wonderful place where the children's welfare comes first. Jenny and Andrew have dedicated themselves to helping the poorest children in Cambodia. We have learned so much from them both. We now work at home volunteering with their sponsorship and fundraising efforts when we can. Denny also has been invited to serve on their Board of Directors. if you are looking for a good ethical place to support, where your efforts and funds go to the children first, this is the place to go. CFI rocks! Denny and Linda
What a wonderful organization CFI is! I have been supporting a child for over a year and was able to volunteer at the Center in Battambang last January. It is so uplifting to see the difference being made, through this non-profit, in hundreds of Cambodian lives--students, staff and families! It is incredible to see the progress made in four short years--a dedicated staff, competent leadership, eager students, an adequate facility, all contribute to the community by serving the whole child in so many ways.
I discovered Children's Future International through a friend in Battambang, Cambodia, and was immediately impressed by the organization's heart for children in need. At CFI everyone is really dedicated to the whole child, and dealing with whatever situations come up. They have a very child-centered approach and really listen to the needs of the community and families they serve. In that way I know that all of their resources are going to the children in the district that are the most at risk and those resources are used to make the biggest impact. I began volunteering in small ways, and then started teaching English and Computer classes. Now my wife and I have been volunteering at CFI full-time for a year, and feel that this is the best possible place we could be in order to empower Cambodian youth and protect the most at-risk children in the region.
Children's Future International is an incredible non-profit organization! Operating a community center in Cambodia, CFI has been instrumental in aiding children living near the city of Battambang in northwest Cambodia. The community center provides not only a safe place for social interaction, but also Khmer literacy classes, computer courses, English classes, creativity classes, vocational training, nutritional supplementation, and health-care for local children. My personal involvement stems from a book that I read called "To Destroy You Is No Loss". It's the true story of how a Cambodian family survived the Khmer Rouge takeover during the mid to late 70's. The heartbreaking trials they went through are things many people can only imagine. As fortune would have it, my mother met one of the co-directors of Children's Future International last year. Since that time she has become their chief fundraising coordinator. Children's Fund International is just the type of organization I was seeking for to make a difference and I feel privileged to be involved. The funds are used extremely responsibly to ensure that the children benefit directly. Please take time to review their website! http://www.childrensfutureinternational.org. If you have any questions or want to volunteer your help, please contact me at (801) 427-6388 or write to email@example.com